According to most experts, 2022 is projected to be a time of tremendous growth for the construction industry. While GlobalData has calculated what they believe will be a 3.2% growth for the sector worldwide, one of the slowest growth markers in over a decade, the industry continues to chug on. This article will explore some of the trends surfacing in 2022 globally that local construction businesses should keep in mind as the year progresses.

The Rise of 3D Printing for Construction

3D Printing has been a standard manufacturing option in recent years, and the construction industry has noticed. Several pilot programs have proven that homes can be 3D printed, layer by layer, to help address the current housing crisis. This approach is particularly appealing because it can help reduce labor requirements and build times.

Reliance on Construction-Specific Robotics

It’s no surprise that advanced robotics are making a splash in the construction industry – these trends can also be seen in medicine and agriculture. There is great potential for collaborative robots, also known as cobots, to help ensure projects stay on schedule and within a defined budget. In 2022, we expect construction companies to begin investing in modern robotics solutions that help reduce labor-intensive tasks at the construction site. 

Improvements in Modular Construction

Modular construction offers many unique advantages. Fortunately, the benefits of modular are now starting to take off, and many companies are proving that the process can still work for large-scale projects. In fact, Marriott will be opening the tallest modular hotel in the World within 2022 – featuring 26 stories and a construction timeline of just 90 days. Since modules are built off-site and then transported for assembly, timelines can often be shortened with modular construction.

An Increased Focus on Sustainable Construction

Construction companies are now looking for newer, sustainable construction opportunities to combat the growing outcry over climate change. This often allows their customers to receive eco-friendly certifications or enables unused tax credits. Sustainable trends show no sign of slowing down worldwide, not just within the construction industry. Neglecting to focus on this could leave a business behind among its competitors.

The Expansion of a Diversified Workforce

Although growth has slowed according to expert projections, studies from various companies, including the Associated General Contractors of America, show that most construction companies want to expand and diversify their workforce in 2022 to meet headcounts. For positions that are hard to fill and remain vacant, newer technologies like 3D printing and robotics will likely eliminate the need for them as usage becomes more widespread and affordable.