Building technology has come a long way. There are now robots that can put a wall panel together – put the plasterboard in place, nail it down and cut off protruding bits – based on a digital plan of the panel, all without human intervention.
It takes precision and care to construct an airtight building that’s good enough to pass the tough blower door test for Passive House certification. None of it cheap.
It’s risky business innovating in construction but for Hickory Group’s George Abraham, the inclusion of modular and prefab has been worth it
The prefab industry makes sense if you want to lessen the risk of time and price blowouts of regular construction. Already there is a pick up in demand after the recent bushfires and if California is any guide that’s a trend that will only accelerate.
Prefab and light weight timber construction is an alternative we need to grow.
In the UK, proptech startup Ehab is using blockchain to decentralise the development process for the likes of prefab and 3D printing companies so that they can produce more affordable and sustainable housing.
The failure of Strongbuild last week has already opened the door to new possibilities in the industry. Replacing the initial shock of the failure of the popular company is a sense of new opportunities for those missed the prefab boat a few years ago.
NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413– UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.
UPDATED 6:15 pm: Prefabrication and lightweight timber builder Strongbuild was placed into voluntary administration at 9 am on Thursday morning, after Frasers Australia pulled out of a contract just two weeks from commencement leaving a massive $6 million gap in expected earnings.
The latest Rider Levett Bucknell International report for Q4 2018, for example, predicts that Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in particular will continue to experience strong demand for building services.
Many Australians still equate prefabricated construction with mass-produced, characterless houses that are not built to last. But one of Japan’s biggest builders of prefab homes has been in Australia for nearly 10 years now. And it can see the tide is turning. Not only are sales of its prefab showpiece growing, but a zero energy […]
Amazon is making a play for the prefabricated construction and smart home markets, investing in a California startup that makes prefab homes.
Apartments that can be easily adapted into various living arrangements may be the future of sustainable high-density living.
A solar-powered modular classroom that generates enough energy to power itself and two additional rooms is being trialled in NSW schools, with the potential for a nationwide rollout.
The timber and prefab sector is set to kick goals again this year if a raft of ambitious projects get the go ahead, among them one of the biggest commercial timber building in the world by volume.
An innovative Australian company is tackling a number of our pressing problems in one flat-packed prefab package.
David Barr Architects has won Western Australian land development agency LandCorp’s Step Up Housing Design Competition with a prefabricated, zero-energy passive house design.
Stackable, prefabricated modules have been revealed as part of the design intention for Perth’s upcoming baugruppen development at White Gum Valley. The potential designs have been released ahead of an induction event to be held on 17 July, where prospective members will be able to select their home type and location within the development. The […]
Australia’s construction industry is a long way behind Europe in the uptake of prefabrication, however with a few shifts in focus we could take advantage of this emerging opportunity, according to a leading expert.
The failure of one of the older companies in the prefab housing business last month was a sign that all can’t be expected to go smoothly when it comes to breakthrough technology promising to disrupt the housing market. A note now on the Tektum Ltd website says: Bruce Gleeson of Jones Partners Insolvency & Business […]
Home buyers in Australia and New Zealand who are looking at prefab as one solution to the lack of quality affordable homes are finding the road to finance is not always straightforward. In New Zealand director of preconstruction consultancy Entwine and PrefabNZ board member Leah Singer is co-leading the organisation’s research and advocacy efforts to […]
Melbourne-based prefabricated modular housing company Habitech Systems has entered the New Zealand market, with an exclusive partnership deal with NZ construction firm LiteGreen Projects.