Biggest Architectural and Construction Challenges According to TxA 2018 Attendees


We had a great time at the 2018 TxA Design Con­fer­ence and Expo ear­li­er this month in Fort Worth, Texas. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, we had the priv­i­lege of speak­ing to a wide range of pro­fes­sion­als from the con­struc­tion and design indus­try.

Some of the atten­dees were kind enough to talk to us about their per­spec­tive on the biggest archi­tec­tur­al and con­struc­tion chal­lenges cur­rent­ly fac­ing project teams in Texas. Read on to learn about what they think are the cur­rent design and con­struc­tion chal­lenges, along with where they find new solu­tions and who has the most influ­ence on solu­tions for their projects.

About the Respondents

89.3% of the atten­dees we talked to were archi­tects. Atten­dees focused on a wide range of projects, such as com­mer­cial build­ings (71.5%), res­i­den­tial (15.6%) and gov­ern­ment projects (12.8%).

Their Thoughts

Our first ques­tion for atten­dees was: What is the biggest design chal­lenge you face today?” Over 67% of the atten­dees said either ener­gy code (48.2%) or enve­lope design (19.6%). Build­ing envelopes are a big design chal­lenge for every­one in the indus­try today, par­tic­u­lar­ly the require­ment for con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in most wall assem­blies.

We also asked, What is the biggest con­struc­tion chal­lenge you face today?” Con­struc­tion cost was large­ly the answer, with mate­r­i­al account­ing for 46.4% of the answers and labor issues account­ing for 28.6%.

When asked, Where do you look for new solu­tions to these chal­lenges?”, we found that inside archi­tec­ture firms, prin­ci­pals (50%) and project archi­tects (32.6%) have the most influ­ence on choos­ing a new solu­tion for a project.

And when asked, Who has the most influ­ence on using new solu­tions?”, we found that archi­tects tend­ed to rely on oth­er pro­fes­sion­als when mak­ing a final deci­sion on a new solu­tion. Most often, archi­tects lis­ten to: con­sul­tants (19.9%), oth­er archi­tects (18.5%), prod­uct ven­dors (17.2%) and gen­er­al con­trac­tors (15.9%).

Thanks TxA 2018

As always, TxA was a great con­fer­ence, and we enjoyed get­ting to meet oth­er pro­fes­sion­als in the indus­try and learn­ing more about the chal­lenges being faced in the field today.

If you want to learn more about chal­lenges being faced in the indus­try today, and how to over­come them, vis­it the Bau­tex blog.