Builders attracted to prefab construction

Builders attracted to prefab construction

March 19, 2015

Recent surveys of the building industry reveal the number one trend is to pre-fab construction, to achieve greater efficiency on-site and keep schedules on time to reduce costly delays.

Designers and builders are expressing interest in prefabricated construction with components built in a controlled environment rather than on the building site, to minimise risk and improve productivity.

At the same time, the latest Master Builders Australia National Survey of Building and Construction shows more building and construction jobs are set to be created by the looming housing boom, as business conditions and confidence about the pipeline of work and profits rise to levels not seen since before the Global Financial Crisis.

This evolving market will place more emphasis on construction methods and materials, which will be comprehensively discussed at the Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition ‘Building with engineered wood construction systems’ to be held Monday June 1, 2015 at Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Conference Director Kevin Ezard said “multi-residential construction is moving to timber and engineered wood with prefab building systems that lower construction costs, increase returns and improve housing affordability.

“A major boost for builders is the proposed changes to the NCC (BCA) which will permit increased height of timber buildings up to 8 storeys, to be more in line with international building codes.

“Both local and global experts with extensive experience in timber design and construction will provide presentations and engage delegates in open discussion forums.

“Speaker highlights include James Fitzpatrick, head of prominent architects Fitzpatrick + Partners, and Andrew Nieland, Head of Timber Solutions Property at Lend Lease.

“Andrew will discuss how engineered timber is changing the way construction projects are delivered based on CLT development project ‘Forte’ in Melbourne Docklands, Australia’s first 10 storey timber apartment building.

Suppliers of timber, engineered wood and building materials have an exceptional opportunity at Frame 2015 to access this emerging growth market for building products and services. Sponsor exhibition displays provide face to face access for presenting new product innovations and information to delegates from design and construction, promotion of company brands, and a high potential to obtain new customers.

“This event will outline the future for timber construction in Australia, and is an opportunity not to be missed” he concluded.

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