PrefabAUS 2016 Annual Conference – 10, 11 & 12 October, Sydney

prefabAUS 2016 conference announcement – Delivering Next Generation Buildings

Australia’s peak body for prefabrication and offsite construction has announced its 2016 conference.

This year’s national three-day event will explore the theme of Delivering Next Generation Buildings.

Held from October 10-12, the 2016 conference will showcase the best in prefabricated and offsite technology and design, exploring the future of the built environment. This conference is hosted annually by the industry, for the industry.

The conference finds a new home in Sydney in 2016, and is proudly being hosted by the University of Sydney Architecture Design and Planning. This year will again feature some of the industry’s most highly regarded thought leaders, showcase ground breaking projects, explore innovative technology and host tours to some of Sydney’s most exciting locations for the offsite construction industry.

The 2016 program will also feature an inaugural cocktail party and networking event at the Ivy Sunroom to further enhance connections across the industry. Partner/guest tickets for the Cocktail party are purchasable separately.

Confirmed speakers

prefabAUS is honoured to welcome for the first time in Australia award-winning architect and Associate Professor Ryan Smith as its international keynote speaker: Offsite Construction: opportunities, challenges, benefits and futures

Smith joins us from The University of Utah where he is director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Centre (ITAC): a university/industry teaching, research and outreach centre that is an agent of change at the intersection of design, education and construction industries.

Smith has performed US$2.5m+ in research grants and contracts from public and private institutions since 2004 (including FEMA, USDA, & DOE) to qualify and quantify industry related technology questions of production in architecture. Widely published, he is author of Prefab Architecture (Wiley 2010) and co-editor of Building Systems (Routledge 2012). Smith speaks on emerging issues in the construction industry including offsite building, BIM, IPD and sustainability.

Also for the first time in Australia will be Paolo Lavisci, PhD in Industrial Technologies – Timber and former CEO of an Italian Timber Design Bureau, as one of our international guest speakers.  Lavisci has 25 years of professional experience in timber technology (product and process development, standardisation, certification, design). He is the author of several scientific publications and a book on the design of timber structures. Lavisci will present on Timber in Mid Rise Residential Construction under the new national construction code allowances in Australia.

The Hon Ian Macfarlane will officially open the conference. Until recently, Mr Macfarlane was Federal Minister for Industry and Science. He has intimate knowledge of Australia’s innovation system, the direction of the manufacturing sector and the Cooperative Research Centres. Since leaving Parliament, Mr Macfarlane has just been appointed Chair of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, of which prefabAUS is an industry partner.

Australian and New Zealand industry leaders confirmed to speak include:

  • Adam Strong, Managing Director of Strongbuild which is investing in panel systems and CLT as well as building the largest CLT project in Australia
  • Mark Fahey, Managing Director of MLEX – the modular electrical solution for commercial buildings
  • George Argyrou, Managing Director of Hickory whose 323 La Trobe Street Melbourne high rise residential project has just become the tallest prefabricated building in the world
  • David Haller, Mirvac’s National Operations Manager – Masterplanned Communities Construction.  Mirvac is the builder partner for the CSR Velocity panel system
  • Logan Mullaney, Director, on the Lifting Point self-supporting modular bridge system now being commercialised in Australia and the Pacific Islands
  • Rob de Brincat, Business Development Manager at XLam on Thinking differently about construction: exploiting opportunities for CLT
  • Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ and Eli Nuttall, Director PrefabNZ and founding partner at First Light Studio profiling some of the Crazy Young Disruptors in New Zealand
  • Dr Richard de Dear Professor in Building Science and IEQ Lab Director, University of Sydney on the SAMBA revolutionary IEQ monitoring system (for healthy, comfortable and productive workplaces)
  • John McDougall, Managing Director of Parkwood Homes on overcoming logistics and installation challenges in delivering volumetric homes
  • Makoto Ochiai, Operations Manager on the SHAWOOD (Sekisui House) turnkey pre-engineered homes and apartments
  • Zack Ashby, Director of Team2 architects who have undertaken numerous modular healthcare projects
  • Tuan Ngo, Research Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing, the University of Melbourne: on Latest innovations and R&D activities in prefabricated building construction
  • Peter Blythe, Managing Director of Dynamic Steel Frame on optimising prefabricated light gauge steel framing for mid-rise structures
  • Chris Barnett, Managing Director, Habitech on how connecting manufacturing efficiencies can help achieve the thermal performance and sustainability dimensions needed for Australian housing in the 21st century
  • Lance Worrell, Theme Leader – Industry Transformation, outlining the IMCRC Theme 4 opportunities for prefabAUS members

Also joining this year’s speaker line up is Marc Norman from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  Marc Norman has dedicated his career to finding remedies to inequality and promoting economic development and social justice through innovative financial strategies paired with community development and design.  With a background in real estate development and mortgage banking, Norman works with architects and housing and transportation professionals to capture the best practices from multiple fields to achieve supportive integrative neighborhoods.  Norman curated the Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now exhibition at the Centre for Architecture in New York (Oct 15 to Jan 16).  This exhibition will be featured at the prefabAUS conference.

The optional site visit program on Monday 10 October includes:

  • Australia’s largest CLT project – The Gardens 101 apartment complex at Campbelltown being built by Strongbuild for Affordable Housing Provider BlueCHP Limited
  • The Mirvac Brighton Lakes 300 dwelling development in Moorebank which utilises the CSR Velocity prefabricated panel systems
  • Domestic residence under construction using the Modulum system of parts methodology which can be readily customised to any client and site
  • 200-room student accommodation project at The University of Sydney incorporating bathroom pods

This year’s conference will also include the launch of a new publication titled Built Offsite to champion offsite construction and promote the industry to key stakeholders to bring about faster change.

Join us for Australasia’s premier conference for the prefabrication and offsite construction industry.  Book your early bird offer now to save $300 on your ticket – valid only until August 30.

Dates: 10-12 of October 2016

Location: Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

Theme: Delivering Next Generation Buildings

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prefabAUS is a not-for-profit industry organisation established in 2013.  prefabAUS members include manufacturers of prefabricated buildings and modules, flat packs, bathroom pods and sub-assemblies, as well as component suppliers, architects, engineers and other technical consultants, project managers, builders, clients, allied industry associations, government and academic researchers.  This third annual prefabAUS conference will feature national and international specialists in prefab and offsite design, manufacturing and project delivery, as well as workshops, panel discussions and site visits.