The way our cities are constructed and the sustainability of these choices are on the agenda. prefabAUS has assembled industry experts from around the world to address the global expansion of prefabricated building technologies and the future of Australia’s built environment.

CEO of prefabAUS Sarah Backhouse said that whilst off-site construction reduces costs and increases community sustainability, “an innovative, productive and quality local off-site construction industry is critical to a more economical and environmentally sustainable future.”

This inaugural conference, held in Melbourne from August 11th to the 13th, sees the full spectrum of the prefabrication sector represented.

With the off-site construction sector continuing to expand at a growing rate, “our conference is timed to bring together key representatives from all related areas for the first time; from architecture, engineering, manufacturing, material supply, property development and construction to universities, government agencies and client representatives,” said Ms Backhouse.

The event features an influential line-up of national and international speakers and covers all aspects of off-site construction. The full range of off-site construction approaches are being considered across key infrastructure sectors including health and education.

Among the key speakers are Professor Peter Newman AO, leading author and environmental scientist, David Hodgett, Victorian Minister for Ports, Major Projects and Manufacturing, Pamela Bell, CEO of PrefabNZ, and distinguished Australian construction director David Chandler.

The Age ran a feature on the prefab sector to mark the commencement of the conference ‘Prefab sprouts: jump in pre-built homes and towers on agenda’.

Read the full article here: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/prefab-sprouts-jump-in-prebuilt-homes-and-towers-on-agenda-20140811-102g3p.html#ixzz3A8Zymx4b