What will affect building material suppliers this year?

There are many factors that are likely to affect the suppliers of building materials in 2023. Whilst some suppliers may find these factors to be disruptive, others may thrive on the challenges they are presented with. Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors that look set to affect building suppliers this year right now.

A growing demand for sustainable materials

There is ever-growing awareness of the impact traditional building materials have on the environment. New legislation has also been brought into place, with suppliers and manufacturers now required to comply with the Environmental Act 2021. The sustainable materials market is set to see a huge amount of growth over the coming years. It’s thought that it will be worth around £450 billion by the year 2030.

Greater demand for safer materials

The Building Safety Act 2022 was introduced five years after the Grenfell Tower fire and includes new rules on how risky structures are created and maintained. It features new fire safety legislation and rules around construction material quality. There is now a new National Regulator for Construction Products which aims to identify and remove materials which are unsafe with more efficiency. This new regulator is able to “confront poor practice” and take action against law-breaking suppliers.

A move towards circular economy models

There is a continuing move towards circular business models from linear ones. Circular business models are designed to cut waste and improve the efficiency of resources. There is a new requirement for businesses that wish to apply for government contracts worth over £5 million annually to prove they are committed to reaching Net Zero by 2023. Public sector contractors are being asked to come up with carbon reduction plans that show the source of their emissions and what they are doing to minimise their carbon footprint.

Increasing popularity of prefabricated construction

There has been greater investment in modular construction over recent years. Modular construction sees building components being manufactured off-site before they are assembled on-site. This can enhance quality control and speed up construction times. It’s predicted that this trend will continue over the coming years, providing suppliers with a wide range of challenges and opportunities.

Further use of 3D printing

It’s thought that the digital fabrication and 3D printing market will see continued growth over the next twelve months. 3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing and is being used to make structures from plastic, concrete and metal.

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