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Construction trends that will shape the industry in 2024

From innovative new materials to tightened regulations, seismic shifts continue reshaping the construction sector. Understanding emerging transformations equips proactive players to ride the waves of change rather than being overwhelmed trading traditionally.

By monitoring key 2024 industry trends, you can orient your business towards new opportunities, in-demand specialisations and higher profits serving under-supplied needs. 

Sustainability Becomes Standard

Eco-building advances now mainstream include:

Mandatory Future Homes Standards

From June, all newly built homes must emit 75-80% less carbon than current properties, necessitating high insulation specs and renewables like heat pumps.

Widespread Electrification

Electrical upgrades encompassing EV chargers, heat pumps and enhanced lighting gain traction as gas boilers and combustion transport get phased out regionally.

Alternative Material Adoption

Constructing with recycled plastic composites and engineered bamboo will no longer seem niche but normalised. Learn applications.

Embracing Passivhaus Design

Ultra-low energy building principles prioritise airtight envelopes, dynamic insulation and thermal bridge elimination. Brush up on certifications to install properly.

Specialising In Retrofitting

With over 20 million UK homes needing upgrades to meet carbon targets, retrofitting existing properties becomes a vast breakout channel.

Safety Standards Tighten

Tragic incidents prompt swiffer reforms like:

  • Enhanced Electrical Licensing – Mandatory electrician licensing launches aim to improve industry oversight and accountability around skills and compliance.
  • Construction Plant Competence Schemes – All builders and architects working with heavy machinery like cranes, excavators and drilling rigs require new recognised permits confirming capabilities.
  • New Working At Height Laws – Long overdue height regulations finally arrive addressing scaffolding safety, ladder stability, rope access protocols and PPE standards.
  • Mandatory Carbon Monoxide Alarms – CO detectors become compulsory across private rented properties, prompting installations alongside ongoing smoke alarm upgrades in all homes.

Innovations Accelerate Productivity

Exciting new developments set to spare tradespeople hours of hazardous heavy grafting include:

3D Printing Construction

Robotic builders become progressively mainstream, rapidly printing walls and planning consent-exempt garden offices 24/7 without human involvement.

Self-Healing Concrete

Polymer-infused smart concrete automatically fills cracks and repairs deterioration without maintenance intervention.

Magnetic Power Tools

Game-changing cordless tools like drills and circular saws run on detachable lightweight magnesium battery packs that amplify mobility.

Offsite Prefabrication

Continued shifts towards factory-built modular bathroom pods, kitchen units, mezzanine floors and other components boost quality and simplicity.

VR Site Simulation Software

Virtual reality programmes allow detailed visualisation of builds, identifying clashes before physical ground-breaking to prevent rework.

Drones Survey And Monitor

Long-range commercial quadcopters cut inspection labour by capturing 4K aerial imagery, thermal snapshots and air quality reporting without disruption on occupied sites.

Investing In Your Expertise

Rapid industry evolution means constant reskilling is essential to avoid technical obsolescence. Strategically enhance capabilities by:

Cross-Training Across Specialisms

Ask colleagues to shadow roles to mutually broaden talents. Electricians can gain structural insights from carpenters while plasterers can teach key décor skills.

Attending Trade Shows

Immerse in sector innovations by exhibitor networking at large events like Ecobuild and UK Construction Week. Bring brochures back to evaluate later.

Joining Builder Forums

Tap fellow professional wisdom in niche online communities discussing everything from contract templates to lime plaster revival.

Researching Manufacturers’ Training

Take advantage of many top brands now running free product application courses related to batteries, joists, software and heavy equipment.

Compare Specialist Insurances

Rapid changes across the construction landscape bring fresh hazards needing protection against. Here at Tradesman Saver, we offer exclusive public liability insurance packages designed to shield your finances whatever the future holds. 

Tradesman Talk

How ready does your skill set feel for the sustainability revolution underway across the industry? Share your 2024 construction thoughts and forecasts below!

Until next time, make sure it’s Tradesman Saver.

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of how to run a business and is now Managing Director of Tradesman Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

All articles by Dean Laming

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