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With an ever-changing marketplace, it is imperative for professionals in building and construction and related industries to be up to date on the latest construction technology trends.

Listed below are a few of the of the top trends to watch for as well as a description of their influence. A constant awareness of coming opportunities is crucial for individuals in the real estate and construction industries.

Construction Trends to Watch in 2017

Here are top trends than construction professionals should start practicing in 2017 to stay in vogue and be ahead of the game.

1. Energy-Saving Buildings.

As stated by the U.S Department of Energy, about 20 percent of U.S energy is expended to power commercial buildings. Energy-saving building construction is an excellent way to help businesses save power and energy. It is an effective mean of cutting cost while also reducing their impact on the environment.

The Development of Energy-Saving Buildings requires a whole Building design approach in which the construction team designs and construct all the elements to that they work in relativity. Merging this innovative approach with other energy efficient technologies will produce buildings that are 70% more efficient than traditional commercial buildings.

2. Smart Buildings

Smart buildings employ information technology to stay connected to people, building systems, and the global environment. These smart buildings use automated processes to control and regulate building operations such as heating, air conditioning, lighting, ventilation and other home systems. They use sensors, microchips, and other smart devices to collect data and manage it based on the building’s functionality. It is not uncommon to see homeowners integrating smart building technology in their homes, but it is more prevalent in the commercial buildings.

3. Prefabrication

While prefabrication has been around all these years in the construction industry, millennial technologies and building practices have made prefabrication more beneficial. BIM is changing the way teams work on projects. Building information modeling enables teams to use prefabrication on larger and complex projects. The growth of green building has also enhanced the use of prefabs in construction. Collaborating simulation and prefabs, project teams can construct buildings that are even more environment-friendly.

4. 3D BIM Modeling

BIM, an acronym for Building Information Modeling, is a 3D model-based platform for creating and managing project information. While this technology trend may be most relevant to the design process, 3D BIM modeling can be employed before, during and after construction phases. BIM is a digital description of every region of the building and objects in the model can be related to information like photos, manual and specification. If integrated, it can be of great benefit to construction firms by creating better plans, efficient result and stay within estimated budget.

5. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS)

Basically, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a small aircraft, popularly known as a drone, which can be piloted through an onboard computer or a remote device. The aircraft can be automated using predetermined flight paths or can be manually controlled using a remote control. These drones can help construction firms to track project progress in real time through the generation of aerial maps, photos, and 3D images. For new projects, it can be employed for site surveys. This technology is also useful in improving productivity and ensuring worksite safety.

To be a foremost industry leader, it is important to have your eyes on these new construction technology trends, learn about how they can impact your work and implement those you can.