Australian housing is ready for change

Prebuilt MD Rob Colquhoun shared his thoughts with website about the changing and evolving Australian construction landscape.


Australian housing is evolving. Attitudes to construction methodologies and material selections are changing.

Many sustainability experts believe traditional construction is not a viable, long-term solution. Buildings worldwide account for 40 per cent of global energy consumption with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s projections suggesting total energy consumption will increase three-fold if no new policies are adopted.

Traditional building methods prescribe large numbers of sub-teams and individual contractors operating onsite. This approach does not promote efficiency in terms of process, nor does it allow us to streamline our approach in response to lessons learnt across the industry. Prefabrication on the other hand has the potential to centralise repeatable processes that accumulate knowledge and allows us to improve efficiency and quality.

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