June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to our June 2014 Newsletter!  

PrefabAUS is almost at the 100 Member mark, and we're delighted to welcome the following new Members:

Corporate Member: Maxi SpanHyne and Son Pty Ltd

Professional MemberEco Habit Homes;

Small Professional Member: Doig Architecture

Individual members: Brian Johnston of JustPlanDesign; UnRyoung Kevin Kim; Tony Beattie of Beattie Pty Ltd; Professor Jay SanjayanGeorge Elias of Elias Group Pty Ltd

If you know someone who would like to subscribe to our Newsletter, they can do that here.

The above photo is of the Docklands Library and Community Centre,  one of the projects that will be profiled during the PrefabAUS Conference in August.  Image Source: Hayball.com.au

PrefabAUS Conference 2014, 11 - 13 August

Australia, along with many countries around the world, is changing the way it builds.  Off-site construction and prefabricated building technologies will play a major role in the future creation of our built environment.

Join us in Melbourne from 11 - 13 August for an influential line-up of national and international speakers and be part of the conversation about all approaches to off-site construction, from commercial to residential and across all key infrastructure sectors including health and education.   

You will find details and booking information here.

PrefabAUS Sydney Breakfast, 14 July

Start the week inspired!  Join us over breakfast for a series of short presentations and networking.

We are delighted to welcome as a speaker Professor Mohamed Al-Hussein of University of Alberta, Canada during his brief visit to Australia.  He has extensive experience advising the modular and off-site construction industry in North America as it transitions from a construction to a manufacturing paradigm.

This is relevant to all those involved or interested in the design and smarter delivery of Australia's built environment.

You will find details and booking information here.

Gain key insights on affordable housing

The Affordable Housing Development SummitMelbourne, 28-29 July2014,  is the industry’s must-attend event to gain on-the-ground insights and best practices from key decision makers from government, housing providers, developers and financials shaping affordable housing in Australia.

The event is approaching capacity, so if interested, so act quickly to secure you place.

PrefabAUS Members will receive a 10% discount.  Please contact Sarah for your special Members discount code.

Prefab video

This month's video profiles a home in Kensington, an inner Melbourne suburb, by PrefabAUS Member ARKit.

Learn more about the project in this video.

Image Source: Elwood Residence, http://www.arkit.com.au

Some events for the diary

July 2014

7th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference
Adelaide Convention Centre, 15 - 16 July 2014

Affordable Housing Development Summit
Park Hyatt, Melbourne, 28-29 July2014

BIM: The Basics
AIRAH Event - State Library of WA, Perth, 4:15pm on 23 July 2014

BIM:The Basics
AIRAH Event - Kirribilli Club, Sydney, 6pm on 6 August 2014

August 2014

PrefabAUS Conference 2014
Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne, 11 - 13 August 2014

5th Annual Modular Construction and Prefabrication Summit
Traders Hotel, Brisbane, 25 - 27 August 2014

View the full prefabAUS Events program here.

Prefabricating Australia: growing our off-site construction sector

As our Conference fast approaches, we’d like to introduce just a few of our great speakers:

For the past 14 years, Mechthild Stuhlmacher of Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten in The Netherlands has been working with range of prefab technologies, including the use of CLT, modular and hybrid solutions on projects of various scales and typologies.  She will share both her reflections and insights from her journey of construction innovation, and how this has provided spatial freedom in her design work.

Steve Hayden has managed major projects around the world including the UAE and now Australia, where he is bringing his knowledge of and passion for off-site construction to his role as Senior Project Manager in the ACT Government’s Procurement Team. He will discuss recently completed modular projects, and what off-site construction means from a procurement perspective.

Pamela Bell and Damian Otto of PrefabNZ will discuss trends and opportunities for prefab growth in New Zealand.  They will also reflect on synergies for trans-Tasman collaboration that could strengthen the ANZ off-site construction industry in an increasingly globalised construction sector.

This July, Dr Masa Noguchi of ZEMCH Network will be leading a 50 delegate Study Tour visiting some of Japan’s leading prefabricated housing companies including Sekisui House LtdSekisui Heim,Daiwa House Industry Company and Misawa Homes Company. With contributions from Mission delegates, you will learn from their reflections on the Japanese approach to creating zero energy homes using mass-customisation, lean manufacturing principles and automated technologies, and what this means for advancing Australia’s off-site construction industry.

And to keep us up to date, technologies that we imagine to be ‘blue sky’ are here today.  Dr Elliot Duffof the CSIRO will discuss his group’s work in assisted manufacturing technologies and their exciting applications for building manufacturing. He will also demonstrate some of his group’s powerful geo-mapping work and its applications from architecture to construction robotics.

We hope you can join the rich range of conversations.  We'll be profiling more speakers soon.

 BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE. For further details, you can find out more here.

PrefabNZ - Massive Timber event

The Massive Timber event on Wednesday 2 July is your opportunity to see the very latest timber manufacture in operation - cross-laminated timber (CLT) from the XLam factory and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) components at the Nelson Pine factory. in Nelson, New Zealand.

See it in action, learn the ins and outs of specifying these systems, and watch digital fabrication technology in action. 

International events for the diary

July 2014

Nelson, New Zealand
Massive Timber Event
2nd July 2014

September 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Modular Construction and Prefabrication Summit Europe
15th - 17th September 2014
View the full prefabAUS Events program here.

Last Word

North American journal Dwell is a constant source of prefab inspiration.  This month we were inspired by a number of their prefab home stories, in particular 7 Inviting Wooden Prefab Homes and 9 Prefab Homes Set on Stilts.  This image here is of an island getaway off Canada’s western coast


Image Sourcewww.dwell.com  Photo by Patrick Barta

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