The Draft Medium Density Design Guideline for NSW – The Missing Middle

How the code is implemented and how the NSW house building industry makes the necessary adaptions to its traditional business models will determine the impact this initiative has on addressing many of today’s housing challenges The submission provides invited comments on the Medium Density Design Guide and recommends the inclusion of small scaled multi-unit development class of up to 10 dwellings be added. These dwellings would be limited to 3

What kind of architects will be in demand in a modern construction industry?

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR - JIANING LUO Off-Site Manufacture and Construction (OSCM) is at the heart of the modern construction industry. Today’s architects are facing more challenges than ever before. Many architects realize that they are gradually losing control of projects. Architects often focus on design but lack practical experience in manufacturing, construction and have limited financial (transactional) knowledge. These shortcomings restrict their decision-making abilities. It is hard to change their designs

PrefabNZ’s 5-year Impact Report – CoLab16

The launch of the HIVE Book[1] – commemorating the Home Innovation Village, in Christchurch. This PrefabNZ initiative allowed ten high-quality, sustainable, well-designed prefabricated houses to be showcased and offer speedy housing solutions to the Christchurch community post the 2011 earthquake. The UNIPod[2]. This was a collaboration between PrefabNZ, NZIA, RVA, Lifemark, and VUW’s SOAD. The CoLab launch was of the winning prototype by First Light Studio and completed by many

What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand?

In the first of two no-holds-barred pieces, both exclusive to Australasian Timber, about the changes that lay ahead in a global construction market, David provides a context for what this means for southern hemisphere timber building products. The first piece – What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand? will be featured in the February edition of Australasian Timber, the first cab off the rank for our

Submission into Construction Technologies by the Victorian Government

The Victorian Government recently called for submissions on the state's construction future. Attached is an edited copy of David Chandler's submission which was made in conjunction with Dr Mary Hardie of Western Sydney University and Associate Professor Willy Sher of Newcastle University. CLICK HERE FOR SUBMIITED ARTICLE (Edited)

Connecting Advanced Precast & informed clients can deliver productive outcomes

This report started with my observations of Meriton’s current residential development at Macquarie Park. I have been looking for examples where increased off-site manufactures can contribute to more efficient on-site construction productivity. For those interested, it is instructive to have a look around projects under construction to observe thosewhere there are signs of good organisation and pre- planning. I am keen to identify instances where smart clients are able to

World class Favco cranes have come a long way since 1923 – A construction productivity perspective

Who has not seen a Favco crane sitting atop a major construction site? They are an amazing piece of engineering, fabrication and erection. Now widely used in construction, engineering infrastructure and on off shore gas and oil platforms one can see Favco cranes on projects in Australia, the US, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East and UK. Some 120 cranes are now manufactured and supplied to these countries