There are a lot of changes happening in 2023 with the rise of AI and the emphasis on sustainability and automation within all industries. In the construction sector, technology will transform how this industry operates, with 3D printing improving efficiency, and drones helping to keep track of site progress. Sustainability will be a key focus, with eco-friendly materials being utilised and ‘Green Building’ becoming more prominent. 

3D Printing

The 3D printing market is growing at a rapid rate with the search volume of ‘3D printing’ going up by 43% in the last five years, and reports are showing that the market size is set to reach 88.28 billion USD by 2030, this is compared to the 20.37 billion in 2023, so it’s definitely on its way up. 

The construction industry will utilise 3D printing, and even though it is limited,  it’s a great way of creating the frame and walls of a building. With technology advancing so fast, 3D printing is now actually producing electrical and plumbing fixtures. In addition, Time-saving is one of the most significant benefits of 3D printing, so more construction companies will take advantage of this technology in 2023. 

Green Building

Sustainability is becoming a priority for a lot of industries, including construction. In 2023, the construction industry will begin using more ethical resources that will help towards climate change. 

Green building is the construction of sustainable buildings using environmental construction processes. The sole concept is to build structure and create sustainable processes throughout the building life cycle. Green buildings optimise energy and reduce waste to achieve net zero carbon emissions. Sustainable building is the future for the construction company. 

Advanced building materials

With the construction industry moving towards greener and more sustainable methods, their building materials are advancing by replacing traditional materials with more environmentally friendly ones. 3D printed concrete, materials made from living organisms like self-healing concrete that uses bacteria. Bioplastics, bio-foam and more are all being implemented into the construction process; some examples of sustainable construction materials are:

  • Timber – This is arguably the most sustainable material in the construction industry; there are as many trees planted as harvested. 
  • Bamboo – You can use this for furniture, flooring and utensils. It’s lightweight with a smaller carbon footprint when imported compared to wood which is heavier.
  • Mycelium – This is an alternative to plastic foams, mycelium breaks down into valuable nutrients for the soil. 

Digital Transformation

Amongst 3D printing being a massive digital implementation in the construction industry, many other changes are making their way in 2023. For example, digital transformation will appear through online platforms, making the process a lot easier for buyers and sellers to communicate and exchange information. 

New equipment, such as drones and scanning appliances, are entering the industry in 2023, allowing construction workers to share and create 3D models that can be shared with clients much faster. In addition, drones are helping to keep track of on-site progress, streamline the communication and decision-making process, build 3D models and find errors, all of which are very advantageous to the construction process. 


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