Posted in news on June 21, 2016 9:34 am EDT

Hot Construction Project Types for 2017 + The Decade’s Top Design Trends

The non-residential market is predicted to increase by 8.3% in 2016 and by 6.7% in 2017, according to the AIA's semi-annual Construction Consensus Forecast. The AIA also enlisted a panel of architects to predict the top design trends for the decade.

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By Church Designer Staff

Vandeventer Black LLP's George Nicholos reports for London, U.K.-based Lexology ( that 2017 looks promising for architects and other designers. Nicholos's edited report appears below in quotation marks, followed by a listing of the top 10 non-residential design trends.

"According to the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architect's (AIA's) semi-annual Construction Consensus Forecast, construction spending in the non-residential market is predicted to increase by 8.3% in 2016 and by 6.7% in 2017. Demand is expected to be especially high for project types that include hotels, office space, industrial facilities, and amusement and recreation spaces. The forecast noted that while interest rates could pose a challenge to the U.S. economy, lower energy prices, improved employment figures and an enacted federal budget for 2016 are all consistent with a favorable outlook for the construction industry.

The AIA Construction Consensus Forecast is a respected barometer of the construction industry, and is conducted semi-annually with the leading non-residential construction forecasters in the United States, including Dodge & Data analytics, Wells Fargo Securities, HIS-Global Insight, Moody's, CMD Group, Associated Builders and Contractors, and FMI, to provide a consensus view of trends in the construction industry.

The AIA's forecast also included a list of the most prevalent design trends expected over the next ten years. The trends were obtained from contributing panelists to the AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) which is an index derived form the monthly survey of work-on-the-boards in architectural firms throughout the U.S. the index is conducted by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group.

Water conservation, solar and wind power generation will become more prevalent over the next decade ...

Interestingly the most prevalent trends are predicted to be associated with energy efficiency and related technology to integrate water conservation, solar and wind power generation, natural day lighting techniques and technology, automated controls and motion sensor activated lighting, as well as the use of innovative new building materials such as composites and new glass/glazing technologies."

As reported in February 2016, the top non-residential design trends predicted for the next 10 years include:

• Water conservation, solar and wind power generation will become more prevalent over the next decade

• Architects will specify more innovative building materials such as composites and new glass / glazing technologies to allow for expanded design options

• Increased use of natural daylighting techniques and of lighting technology systems, including automation controls and motion-sensor activated lights

• Building Information Modeling software use will grow substantially, along with alternative project delivery methods and lean construction practices that will increase the efficiency of the building design process and throughout the lifecycle of the building




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