TIMBER RESIDENTIAL PROJECT BREAKS GROUND

A GROUND-BREAKING RESIDENTIAL PROJECT IN REGIONAL VICTORIA HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO BE BUILT COMPLETELY FROM TIMBER, NAMELY GLULAM AND CLT.
Located in Ceres near Geelong (regional Victoria) the build, under construction at the time of writing, provided a challenge for Nathan Benbow of Vistek engineers and Rob Mansell from Hyne Timber in terms of the design its structure, which is... READ MORE

GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR AUSTRALIAN PREFAB

THE MORRISON GOVERNMENT HAS PLEDGED SUPPORT FOR THE PREFABRICATED BUILDING INDUSTRY IN THE FORM OF UP TO $2 MILLION TO BE SPENT DEVELOPING A NEW COLLABORATIVE LAB.
The lab is intended to help manufacturers design innovative new prefabricated buildings with objectives of eco-friendliness, affordability and reduced build times. In a media statement, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new lab would support work... READ MORE

DEVELOPER BREAKFAST TARGETS EARLY BIRDS

ON 20 FEBRUARY IN MELBOURNE, THE PREFABAUS BREAKFAST SEMINAR: ‘WHEN WILL OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION BE RIGHT FOR MY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT?’ MADE THE CASE FOR DEVELOPERS TO EMBRACE OFFSITE METHODOLOGIES SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. BELINDA SMART REPORTS. OFFSITE
Offsite construction is increasingly being recognised among developers as a way to speed up occupancy, thereby mitigating investment risk, as well as enabling a new, more engaged approached to delivering schemes. A critical factor in success is understanding at what... READ MORE

PRECAST AND THE CASE FOR SAFETY

AS THE NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE (NCC) COMES ON STREAM ON 1 MAY, THE FIRE PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF PRECAST CONCRETE ARE PROVEN. THE REQUIRED FIRE RESISTANCE LEVELS (FRLS) ARE EASILY ACHIEVABLE, RESULTING IN A CODE COMPLIANT OUTCOME
After a three-year process of industry comment, review and revision, May 1 will see the adoption of a new National Construction Code (NCC). Triggered by extensive use of non-compliant building materials and combustible cladding, given prominence by the Lacrosse fire... READ MORE

US CAMPAIGN TARGETS HOMEOWNERS

US HOME BUILDER CLAYTON HOMES IS DIRECTLY TARGETING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF PREFAB / OFFSITE SOLUTIONS IN ITS LATEST TV ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN.
The Tennessee based company, which is one of the largest home builders in the US, is using the ‘Prefabulous' campaign to showcase the modern prefab home and educate the public about the benefits of offsite construction. The campaign takes the... READ MORE

NEW HIGHS FOR SCANDI TALL TIMBER

SCANDINAVIAN TALL TIMBER IS MAKING HEADLINES WITH THE COUNCIL ON TALL BUILDINGS AND URBAN HABITAT (CTBUH) RECENTLY DECLARING NORWAY'S MJØSTÅRNET AS THE NEW WORLD'S TALLEST TIMBER BUILDING, WHILE SWEDEN ALSO MAKES HEADWAY.
Located in the Norwegian city of Brumunddal - known for its forestry and wood processing industry, Mjøstårnet measures a total height of 85.4 metres, a feat in timber builds; the tallest timber tower in Australia, 25 King, reaches just 45... READ MORE

NEW SOLUTIONS FROM KATERRA

US: TECH DRIVEN CONSTRUCTION GIANT KATERRA HAS LAUNCHED A NEW SUITE OF PRODUCTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
The new launches, revealed at an event on 18 February in Las Vegas, include proprietary software that integrates data gathered throughout the building's supply chain and construction. Apollo software is designed to support the building process from end to end,... READ MORE

SCOTTISH JOINT EFFORT TO FOSTER SKILLS

CONSTRUCTION SCOTLAND INNOVATION CENTRE (CSIC) AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD (CITB) HAVE FORMED A NEW PARTNERSHIP TO HELP ADDRESS THE SHORTAGE OF INNOVATION SKILLS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
The partnership will create a strategic relationship to help identify and deliver the future skills and training the construction industry needs to help it innovate further, resulting in improved productivity across the sector. The initiative will incentivise and support innovation... READ MORE

UK START-UP FILLS AFFORDABLE URBAN HOUSING GAP

UK PREFAB SUPPLIER VIVAHOUSE IS GEARING UP TO MEET DEMAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGH FLAT PACK SOLUTIONS THAT CAN TRANSFORM EXISTING BUILDINGS.
The London-based start-up’s vision is to re-purpose old commercial buildings into co-living spaces using bespoke flat-pack panels. Vivahouse units can be assembled in an existing building in a matter of hours, according to the company’s co-founder and chief executive Rajdeep... READ MORE

UK HOUSING ASSOCIATION L&Q EMBRACES OFFSITE

L&Q, WHICH IS ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS, HAS DEVELOPED ITS OWN MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION (MMC) STRATEGY.
As reported by online construction platform The Construction Index, L&Q's product innovation team projects that by 2025 all of its new homes will be built using MMC, a term that encompasses component kits to bathroom pods to complete prefabrication. March... READ MORE

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