PrefabAUS: 2016 Conference

Inovation and research feature at prefabAUS conference


Looking at the latest innovations and R&D activities in prefabricated building construction for Australia’s built environment is a key focus at this year’s conference.

The University of Sydney, where this year’s conference will be hosted, is home to the Innovation in Applied Design Lab (IAD Lab) established at the university in 2015 by Associate Professor Mathew Aitchison, from the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design.

“The Lab’s focus is on industry-engaged research in the area of industrialised building, often associated with prefabricated and modular construction, particularly of housing,” says A/Prof Aitchison. “The Lab now has four concurrent research grants operating, which represents the largest concentration of research projects in this field in Australia.”

Over the past year, in parallel to these initiatives, the Lab has begun to develop other research projects in collaboration with industry to engage in humanitarian projects, such as housing, schools and health facilitates, where expertise developed in the commercial markets can be disseminated to international development agencies, not-for-profits, and NGOs.

A/Prof Aitchison will present at the conference along with Tuan Ngo, Research Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing as part of the Research-Driven Innovation Workshop.

To see the list of international and industry leading speakers confirmed for the Conference: Link  

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 2016 prefabAUS conference is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors:
Principal sponsor XLam;
Gold sponsor: Wood Solutions;
Bronze sponsors: HickoryBisalloy Steel, MEMKO, AG CoombsBluescope-Enduroframe, Brickworks and Weathertex.

Save the date and book your early bird offer now to save $300 on your ticket. Early bird offer expires August 30

Conference Dates:
10-12 October 2016

Location: Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

Theme: Delivering Next Generation Buildings

Principal sponsor: XLam

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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.

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PrefabAUS: Perth Sundowner on July 16

On the back of a successful east coast presentation series by Amy Marks, come along to Perth’s PrefabAUS Sundowner on Thursday 16th July to discover how Australia’s growing off-site construction sector must change to keep up with an increasingly global industry.

PrefabAUS, industry leader in Australia, will host a sundowner featuring a screening of US XSite Modular President Amy Marks’ lecture series presentation with time for questions and a discussion afterwards. The event is kindly sponsored by Alto Modular and will be followed by networking, drinks and canapes at the Northbridge Brewery.

An internationally renowned expert speaker, Amy will draw on her extensive experience in the overseas prefab market to inform, educate and inspire. She is the president and owner of consulting firm XSite Modular which focuses on enabling and optimizing the use of off-site and prefabrication in many applications, including large, complex, technology-embedded buildings from single dwellings to government buildings, hotels, healthcare buildings and data centres. Amy will outline where prefabrication is leading the way and identify the critical drivers for change in each area.

Discuss prefabricated building technology, the most exciting and innovative movement within Australia’s building industry, with other prefabAUS members – manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers, research bodies and client groups from across WA.

Watch a short presentation, network and learn from:

Amy Marks, XSite Director, member of Singapore Government’s Building Construction Authority
Professor Peter Newman, Curtin University – Author of ‘New horizons for sustainable manufacturing’ Professor of Sustainability, Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Board Director of PrefabAUS
Adrian Fratelle, Director at Fratelle Group – Board Director of PrefabAUS

Thursday 16th July, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Northbridge Piazza Community Building for Amy Marks Presentation,
Northbridge Brewery for networking, drinks and canapes afterwards.

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