Modernise or die.... but how?
With its echo of Darwin's immortal 'adapt and survive' precept, the title of the UK review, authored last year by the 2017 PrefabAUS conference international keynote speaker Mark Farmer, is a rallying cry for the offsite industry. For the latest edition of Built Offsite see: http://builtoffsite.com.au/issue-06/
Sweden is the leading exponent of panelised building systems, with around 80 per cent of its housing incorporating elements prefabricated in factories to reap the construction time, quality and labour efficiency advantages.
As this fifth issue of Built Offsite was being laid out, a report pinged into my inbox showing that Manufactured Housing Estates (MHEs) look set to be a key property growth market over the next decade.
Western Sydney University has established a Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics as an important and timely initiative which will make the western Sydney constructors future ready.
The Victorian Department of Education and Training has issued an Expression of Interest Request relating to modular permanent school buildings.
2016 Highlights include:
- our third annual conference held in Sydney in October
- the launch of the Built Offsite publication
- pre-launch of the Modular Construction Code
- continued strong growth of PrefabAUS membership
- distributing PrefabAUS logos which members can use to as evidence of membership
- establishing a solid financial position for PrefabAUS to continue and expand it activities
- and the upgrade of our website which went live in September
Latest edition of Built Offsite is available. This issue’s look at how offsite construction is responding to the pressing needs of the German market puts the efforts of Australia’s nascent sector into perspective.
This review adopts a structure of evaluating the construction industry’s current and future state which has a strong medical process analogy
- Identify the symptoms
- Diagnose the root causes
- Provide a prognosis
- Establish a treatment plan for recovery
- Keeping the industry under observation
Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is pleased to welcome PrefabAUS as an ACIF Member, bringing to the industry table one of the newest and fastest growing sectors in building and construction – prefabrication.
Last month, PrefabAUS co-hosted the pre-launch of the Modular Construction Code, the first of its kind in the world.
Developed by the Modular Construction Codes Board (MCCB), it is a collaborative research project with Monash University, jointly funded by the Victorian Government and private industry.
PrefabAUS Corporate Member Weathertex voted #1 Most Trusted Brand to cap a great year after earlier becoming the first manufactured product in the world to receive GreenTag Platinum certification for their natural range. Click for more details.
Smarten up construction? Why would we want to do that?
Well, if your new phone arrived with scratches, poorly fitting parts and some features not working you would be decidedly unimpressed. A similar experience with a new car would have it branded a ‘lemon’.
Built Offsite – a new publication dedicated to offsite construction
Launched at the PrefabAUS Conference in Sydney in October, Built Offsite is expertly put together by Boston Publishing.
We will all have our own view as to what we think prefabrication and offsite construction is, and whatever your view is, I suggest that it is unlikely to be wrong.
Projects by Lendlease, Hickory Group and Aveo has helped propel Australia's off-site construction sector into the spotlight, ahead of its third annual national conference in Sydney.
Starting in October, for every $1,000 spent on Weathertex products and accessories you get an entry to win the major prize. Major prize includes 2 adult packages to go to the US Masters and also Las Vegas
I'll outline five reasons contributing to the difficulties being experienced, but before doing so, I should acknowledge that this view of the difficulty in obtaining funding for offsite construction is not founded on hard evidence. Instead, it arises from conversations with offsite manufacturers, enquiries to PrefabAUS, and discussions at industry conferences.
The centre is seeking talented candidates who wish to apply for full-time scholarship to pursue a PhD. You should ideally have a background in Architecture and Engineering.
The successful candidate will be able to gain industry experience by working closely with the industry partner organisation. More information
It is often the pivotal document in the decision to proceed or not with the project, yet it very often fails to depict some of the benefits and costs associated with the project. There are many versions of the business case being used by different organisations for projects varying in type and size.
Design costs for the creation of certain categories of built asset could be removed completely by the commoditisation of the prefab building process. (Sourceable Magazine)
The prefab sector is gaining strong momentum in its push to modernise Australia’s construction industry, according to new director of PrefabAUS and Wood and Grieve Engineers principal John Lucchetti.