A record-high growth of the commercial construction industry in Australia will spur a greater need for industrial pipework, due to the need for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) in the new facilities.
Many of Australia’s leading industrial pipe suppliers, such as Unipipe suppliers, should expect to gain more orders based on an industry forecast for 2017-2018. Master Builders Australia’s (MBA) Building & Construction Industry Forecasts predict a total of $42 billion in non-residential construction activity.
Matthew Pollock, MBA’s national manager for economics, says that retail-related projects will be among the key factors for more HVAC activity. The sector will likely launch almost $7 billion more new projects in the near future, thanks to global brands like Amazon. The US-based retail giant intends to build 30 new stores nationwide over the next 12 months, according to Pollock.
Housing construction will still be a profitable source of HVAC projects, even if the pace of growth has levelled off over the last three years. The MBA forecast shows that new-build project launches may reach up to 195,000 and roughly 185,000 for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, respectively.
While the record growth in commercial construction serves as good news, mechanical designers and engineers need to place a greater focus on using energy-efficient tools. According to the Department of the Environment and Energy, HVAC in commercial buildings accounts for nine per cent of electricity production in the country.
This has led the industry to be responsible for over 3.6 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, as well as large-scale water demand for cooling towers each year.
With increased demand for industrial piping, companies should consider the quality of the pipes before investing in any HVAC system for their projects. Choosing a well-known, reliable brand before installation reduces the worry of problems after completion.