Metal building systems have been standard for commercial buildings and industrial buildings for decades.
Pre-engineered metal buildings are perfect for manufacturing facilities warehouses, distribution centers, shopping centers, and industrial facilities.
If we've learned anything over this past year and a half, it's that the only predictable thing is that everything is unpredictable.
However, we have noticed a few common trends in the metal building industry that we expect to move us into the future.
In the article below, we will go over a few trends in the steel building industry that should take us through the rest of 2021 and into the future.
Table of Contents
- Modular Construction
- Metal Building Accessories
- Electric Commercial Vehicles
- Metal Building Color Trends
- Increased Flexibility
- More Green Construction
- Efficient Erection Technologies
- More BIM Dimensions
- Metal Buildings Will Continue To Trend Up
Modular construction stands to grow rapidly in the coming years.
With a completion rate that can be 20%-50% faster than traditional construction, lower construction costs, and a significant reduction in errors, delays, and waste, it's no surprise more construction companies are choosing modular construction.
The optimized fabrication process used in modular construction reduces about 135 million tons of construction and demolition waste each year.
Metal Building Accessories
Just about everything we purchase these days, like phones, cars, and even our houses, comes with a plethora of upgrade options and accessories.
Metal buildings also have a wide range of accessories available.
You can choose from overhead doors, insulation, awnings for additional shade, gutters, downspouts, and many more.
Whether it's agricultural buildings or shopping centers, it's always good to have options.
Trim is pretty standard now and isn't much of a trend, but it's still frequently requested, and we don't see that ending anytime soon.
Trim gives an extra dimension to your building and can give your building a clean, sleek look.
Electric Commercial Vehicles
Electric vehicles are set to take over the passenger vehicle industry, so it's only fitting that they take over the commercial vehicle industry as well.
Just by switching to battery-electric machinery, construction companies can reduce their emissions by up to 95%.
Improved charging solutions that reduce downtime, which has been the biggest barrier to entry, make the transition a much easier choice for the construction industry.
Metal Building Color Trends
The color trends in the metal building industry will vary greatly depending on their use, location, and several other factors.
For instance, right now, various shades of gray are trendy.
Popular colors will often fluctuate and vary from industry to industry.
Red is very popular in the agricultural industry. No matter what color you want, or need to choose, PEMB can accommodate the look you are trying to achieve.
Expect increased flexibility that will make any metal structure even more versatile.
Steel buildings are already perfectly suited for various businesses and industries, and they will only get better moving forward.
From the industrial market to the commercial market, serving agricultural producers and aircraft hangars to auto shops, breweries, casinos, fitness centers, churches, car washes, and commercial properties, versatile steel structures are ideal for almost every type of business.
But we've really only scraped the surface when it comes to applying steel structures to the needs of many modern American businesses.
More Green Construction
The green movement in the construction industry has become increasingly popular in recent years.
So popular that Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is now certifying 2 million square feet of construction space across the world every day.
Right now, commercial office spaces claim the largest portion of the green building market, but with more and more green building initiatives available for being energy efficient, other industries are sure to catch up.
Efficient Steel Erection Technologies
Increased use of more efficient steel erection technologies is also expected to be a big trend for the rest of 2021 and moving forward.
Steel buildings already have a reputation of having an incredibly quick manufacturing and assembly process in the construction industry, and it will only get quicker.
As life speeds up even more, the technologies used to make and erect steel buildings will continue to accommodate the need for more efficiency.
As production and assembly need to be sped up, experienced construction professionals will leverage the latest equipment and most forward-thinking strategies to keep up.
You can also expect a greater focus on using local labor to facilitate the assembly of durable metal structures for commercial and industrial applications alike.
More BIM Dimensions
As design technology moves toward 4D, 5D, and even 6D capabilities, companies can vastly improve estimating and planning processes with improved access to data.
With the ability to see geothermic, thermal, and acoustic properties with advanced BIM technology, builders can be more proactive in planning.
They can even use this information to determine how these properties will affect a building before construction begins.
Metal Buildings Will Continue To Trend Up
Pre-engineered metal buildings are the most affordable, safest, reliable, and eco-friendly industrial building option available today.
An industrial prefab metal building kit is an excellent choice for your next building.
These are just a few trends we see in the future of the metal building industry.
If you're still on the fence about metal buildings and want to learn more, contact the top metal builders at CDMG, a pre-engineered metal building supplier.
CDMG can help you design the steel building that fits your needs and have it erected at your job site.
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