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MARKET OVERVIEW OF BIM AND CAD SOFTWARE USAGE OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTS

Digitalisation has majorly changed the construction sector. The impact of digitalisation is especially apparent in the way in which architects design and manage projects. On the one hand, digitalisation of the construction process and technical project management is shown by the growth of Building Information Modelling (BIM) usage among architects. On the other hand, the way they design has moved from paper to using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software over the past decades.

WILL THE EFFECT OF THE PANDEMIC ON ARCHITECTS’ MEDIA ORIENTATION LAST?

Like many of us, architects are social creatures, and in their line of work, staying up to date with trends and developments is a professional must. In normal times, that means architects receive brand representatives and visit trade fairs relatively often, discussing said trends and developments over a coffee or whatever their preferred beverage may be. But then Corona hit.

THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR IS STABILISING, BUT NOT EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME PACE

The first lockdown, the one announced in March 2020, had a major impact on the construction sector in many European countries. Projects were postponed and in many countries it took months until the situation stabilized. According to the results of the Q1 2021 report of the European Architectural Barometer, a continual research by USP Marketing Consultancy among architectural firms in eight European countries, most countries have only just returned to the level they were at before the lockdown. Aside from economic developments, this report provides insights in architects’ expectations of trends resulting from the corona pandemic.

MAJOR DIFFERENCES PER COUNTRY IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

Exactly a year ago lockdowns started to take shape in various European countries and started to affect the construction sector. The extent to which construction could continue differed vastly from country to country. In countries like the Netherlands and Germany, the situation remained stable. Other countries, like the U.K. and Southern European countries like Spain and Italy, were hit a lot harder. Recovery seems to have started, but major differences in the extent to which that recovery continues in 2021 can be seen between countries. This formed one of the main questions answered in the European Architectural Barometer Q4 report, of which the theme section focuses on sustainability and circularity. The research was conducted by USP Marketing Consultancy among architectural firms in 8 European countries.

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS ARE A TOPIC IN MANY PROJECTS, BUT THE ACCOMPANYING CERTIFICATION IS NOT KNOWN WELL

Sustainability has been high on the agenda of many companies in the construction sector for many years now. Construction is one of the sectors that substantially contribute to both pollution and depletion of resources. All the more reason for players in the field of construction to find ways to reduce this. Throughout the years, the topic of sustainability has gained importance and is now reckoned with when deciding on materials to be used for instance. One way of increasing the sustainability of construction projects is to use sustainability certificates, but to what extent are architects familiar with these certificates? That is one of the questions answered in the European Architectural Barometer report, of which the theme topic is sustainability and circularity. This report is based on USP Marketing Consultancy’s research among architectural companies in 8 European countries.

SUSTAINABILITY REMAINS A TOPICAL THEME, BUT WILLINGNESS TO INVEST REMAINS LOW

For years, sustainability has been high on the agenda of many companies in the construction sector. And that makes sense, as construction is one of the industries that contribute large shares of waste and depletion of natural resources. All the more reason for stakeholders in construction to find ways to reduce these shares. Over the years, sustainability has gained importance and has become more intertwined with for instance the decision-making process for materials to be used. Despite the rising demand for sustainable solutions, the willingness to invest in these remains low. That is one of the findings of the European Architectural Barometer Q4 report, which is focused on sustainability and circularity in construction. This research was conducted by USP Marketing Consultancy among architectural companies in 8 European countries.

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