The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or do they? We’ve collated some of the trends for 2017, from some of the industry’s most respected thought leaders. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect in the building and construction industry this year.
In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless, says Neil Cameron. They have become part of commonplace products, from air conditioning to building management systems and office printers, creating a layer of systems and devices that are connected to each other and to the cloud … and it’s changing everything radically.
Smart buildings will herald the arrival of smart cities: As buildings become smarter and begin to find reasons to connect to city infrastructure, smart cities will become a reality. Buildings are the biggest consumers of energy in cities so a big driver will be managing energy use. Connecting to an information sharing platform, quite likely in the form of a smart grid, will help ensure they act within environmental constraints. Once connected, other systems will join, increasing the ability of the city to work together to reach shared goals.
We all know that the City of Cape Town is managing what they are calling “a water crisis”, and so the industry needs to start thinking about how to become part of the solution. According to Theunis Coetzer, in 2017, we can expect to see onsite waste water treatment plants becoming more popular as they will become the only way that developers can continue with their respective developments. This entails the procurement of an onsite waste water treatment plant that is operated by the owner of the development and not the respective council.
Developing Africa’s future cities. Nadir Jeeva writes on the growth of mid-sized cities: Commercial real estate developers, investors, property owners and facility managers are a critical link in casting a vision and blue print for future African cities, especially because they provide the spaces and sites for profitability, productivity, sustainability, innovation, cultural cohesion and heritage preservation.
There is a misunderstanding that megacities are the engines of global growth. According to a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, the 23 megacities in the world — with populations exceeding the 10-million mark — will only contribute about 10% of global growth in 10 years from now. Growth will come from mid-size cities with populations of between 150,000 and 10-million. To achieve this growth, role players in the commercial real estate value chain have shaped developmental narratives with local planning authorities.
CFC has proudly helped build the city for the last few decades and we are going full steam ahead for 2017, as one of the leading scaffolding companies in Cape Town. Here’s to a successful year for all!