Construction and Building Materials

The construction and building industry is constantly evolving, in terms of both human resources and technological performance. Working in close partnership with architects, quantity surveyors, contractors, consultants and structural engineers, it constantly seeks new innovative and efficient development paths.

The industry is also related with markets that specialize in building materials such as cement, plastics, wood, steel, and glass, as well as innovative new product types with particular thermal, strength or low-maintenance properties.

The performance of the construction and building companies is affected by different planning laws, building materials laws, and building regulations for residential, office, leisure, retail, and industrial building. The transportation of the different materials to the construction sites is also a huge challenge. For these reasons, many construction projects are conducted as joint ventures, following the specific local regulations and requirements. Also, many infrastructure projects are managed by large engineering companies, who may use their own resources, or a range of large and smaller local construction companies to get the job done.

The building materials sector is extremely dynamic and diverse, including a wide range of suppliers. The sector includes cement and concrete manufacturers, specialty glass and metal manufacturers, white goods manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, paint and wiring manufacturers, and a variety of additional related industries.

One of the strongest boosts for the construction and building materials industry, is the bar rising initiated by national planning departments that focus on “green” building. The green building materials market is growing exponentially, with the residential market being a major driver. In addition to the residential market, efforts are been made to use construction products that are manufactured from byproducts (e.g. GGBS or Fly Ash in concrete; sawdust in pressed wood; EAFS in asphalt). These are basically waste materials that can be reused or reprocessed to become useful construction products. Other green building methods use rapidly renewable materials (cork or bamboo), wood processed from sustainable forests, or recycled materials.

Our company’s job is to support and guide our clients in increasing efficiency, optimizing production processes and lowering costs. On one hand we encourage the use of any materials that lead to green construction. On the other hand, we need to adapt the materials to local trends, being very prescriptive on the kinds of materials that are regarded as suitable.

Today the range of innovation opportunities in the construction industry is as broad as the management’s imagination. But innovation doesn’t need to be only a matter of using new building materials, it can also be reflected by the way standard materials are used. This is what makes this industry so interesting and challenging, and this is why Ortner Consulting is so deeply embedded in this field.