Construction and Mining Industry Trends 2021
2020 was not entirely a good year for many industries. However, construction and mining were among those that suffered tremendously. As a result, leaders across both industries had to reset their strategies, priorities, and objectives. Thankfully, things have started getting better in 2021, and we see trends that impact the construction and mining industries.
Let’s begin with the construction industry. Construction projects had to lay low for several months, especially in 2020. But 2021 seems to be a better year for construction companies and their workers. Many homeowners and businesses are looking to build, renovate, and expand. The government is also quite generous in creating programs that encourage Australians to hire firms from the construction industry.
1. Rural Cities are Seeing a Housing Boom
The pandemic has changed many people’s lives, including their jobs. Some people now opt to stay home and work from there. So, how does this affect the construction industry? Experts have seen a massive number of people opting to move from big cities to rural cities. Because of the ability to work from home, more Aussies have started searching for properties in regional areas where there are cheaper housing prices. That alone has convinced numerous people to relocate permanently.
These rural areas are on the rise. Working Australians have realised that they can work from home. There is no actual need to live in a city with exorbitant house prices. They also do not have to deal with heavy congestion, which is a significant issue when going from home to work and vice versa. Departure from big cities like Sydney and Melbourne took place, where they experienced a 14,000 and 10,000 population deficit respectively in the first half of 2020 alone. This trend has continued, although the wages and employment opportunities are lower in rural cities.
The property market in the cities is dwindling. At the same time, regional areas have slowly increased their prices because of the apparent demand.
2. Multipurpose Spaces are a Common Feature in Homes
It is easy to see why multipurpose rooms are a big trend, and they’re probably here to stay, at least for a while. We can say that it’s due to the pandemic, but growing families also contribute to this trend. Parents had that empty nest feeling when the kids started moving out or going to college. Suddenly, a three-bedroom home becomes too large for two people.
But homeowners are savvy and have found a way to modify the space layouts. Flexible features, such as sliding walls, are a great example. They can easily convert a kid’s bedroom to an office or extra living space. Having multipurpose rooms is also beneficial for a growing family. People purchase homes with a spare room or two. They then plan to convert those rooms in the future as a study, dining room, or another bedroom as they welcome a new member to the family. With international travel restrictions lifting some Australians are looking to spend a considerable amount of time overseas, so packing their belongings into storage & having a room converted into something else while they are away could also be a smart option.
3. Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces Merge Seamlessly
It’s a sign of a modern home to have beautifully blended indoor and outdoor areas. The two living spaces are a huge trend that establishes flow, doubling the floor space by simply opening sliding doors. You enjoy the luxury of having a bigger area, which also lets you have more guests in the house. Plus, you reap the psychological benefits associated with the great outdoors.
But this trend is a little more complex and takes a bit of planning for homeowners. It’s crucial to achieve a seamless connection between the outdoor and indoor areas. For example, it’s best to keep entertainment areas next to each other. A large door can be used to separate the spaces. Glass doors are preferred because of the visual flow they offer. The bigger the opening between the outdoor and indoor area, the better for the whole design.
Floor level and material options should also be thought of properly. Experts suggest sticking with one flooring material, meaning it should be sturdy enough to be used outdoors. Changing the floor level is also not recommended. For example, having steps can be appealing for you, but those steps are a visual break and even slow movement down.
4. Construction Materials Have Antimicrobial Properties
Antimicrobial technology is crucial these days in our everyday life, as well as in industries like construction. It’s not a new invention, though. Antibacterial materials have been in existence for quite some time now. They are in hotels, cruise ships, and hospitals to complement strict cleaning protocols in these facilities. People coexist in these areas nearby. That’s why they utilise certain building materials and products that contain antimicrobial properties, which alleviate contamination risks.
Microbes are all around us, causing infectious diseases and affecting the air we breathe. Air conditioners and heating systems, together with construction elements, come with the ability to fight bacteria. You may know about how filters reduce the impact of microbes that spread across the room. This same technology is now used in water pipes and applied in both waste and potable water supplies. Walls and sealants also have these crucial qualities, especially in homes and environments where good hygiene is critical.
Now, what about the mining industry? Mining is one of the few that struggled but recovered quickly amid the pandemic, especially by 2020.
Here are the mining trends that you may want to know:
1. Mining Companies Explore Remote Possibilities
The new normal has brought about new processes where executing typical mining procedures is performed differently. Remote projects are more widespread than ever. Traditionally, miners are known to steer clear of any risk. However, it seems like the times are changing with many Australian and global mining companies reappraising their technologies. The focus has been modified, where increased attention is placed on the interaction of humans and automation.
Digital applications are used to monitor remote mine conditions. Processing plants can be viewed using systems that offer a complete way to monitor equipment, workers, and the whole site.
2. Collaboration in Mining is a Must
Multi-faceted collaborations in the mining industry help maximise the efficiency of resources, which include miners themselves. Data-driven decisions are much smarter when used in mine sites. Operations are more controlled with better results when technology is present. Operators and engineers find it easier when workers are equipped with devices that allow easy wired or wireless communications.
3. Environmentally-Friendly Mining is an Objective
Using mines and eco-friendly in the same sentence may not be fully acceptable, but it’s possible. It’s not a secret that the energy sector is the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, with 74% of total emissions. As for mining, it is responsible for four to seven per cent of GHG emissions. While that may seem like a small number, we’re talking about global figures here, which means it has an undeniably enormous impact on global warming, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity, among others.
Many mining businesses envisage that the numbers concerning carbon footprint will significantly reduce in the coming years. Therefore, they are turning to specific approaches that will help them achieve such a goal. One method is through the use of equipment and machinery with low carbon emissions.
Electrification may be the route to take, even though not everyone is on board with the plan. Nevertheless, electrification helps miners reach their targets regarding sustainability. It’s a way to improve the quality of work in a mine site without destroying the environment.
The construction and mining industries have been doing great despite some immense challenges. The start of 2021 welcomed a renaissance of new partnerships, strategies, and workflows, however with the shortage of workers, these industries are more resilient than ever.