Rob Colquhoun is one of prefabAUS’s founding directors and Director of two prefabrication companies which operate Australia wide: Prebuilt which provides design-led prefab homes, and Prebuilt Commercial which focuses on commercial solutions to corporate clients. 

An engineer by training, Rob has extensive experience in development management, manufacturing and corporate governance, in addition to his passion for quality building prefabrication.

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.

Thus it can be said that achieving efficiency, retaining knowledge, and ensuring the on-going success of the house construction industry is not possible using traditional, onsite construction methods.

Over the last decade Australia has been at the forefront of exploring alternative construction methods. Developing new technologies and approaches to off-site construction we have introduced highly energy efficient material and building practices that reduce ongoing energy consumption to the market.

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