Better Buildings and Better Bottom Lines

A project by prefabAUS, Building 4.0 CRC and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

As the building industry accelerates toward a more industrialised and digital future, questions arise about how the industry will implement these changes and what the impact will be on the industry’s current business models and the structure of its future value chain.

The growth of prefabrication and offsite construction in Australia and globally is challenging the traditional business models within the construction industry. The materials, methodologies and techniques that deliver our built environment are evolving in a more industrialised and digitally-enabled manner, but the underlying business models and value chains have not kept pace.

With market share expected to grow in Australia from five percent to 15 percent in the next three years, businesses must be ready to scale up to realise the opportunity and be relevant in a global construction market or risk losing out to international players.

Industrialisation, through prefab, offsite and other advanced manufacturing techniques, can support this goal.

Project aims

A. To work with industry  to identify how to take advantage of the twin currents of industrialisation and digitalisation.

B. To further explore the role that business model and value chain innovation holds for the industry in future.


Session 1: Why Prefab?

Session 2: Why Industry 4.0? Futuremap interactive session (IMCRC)

Session 3: Business Model Innovation (B40CRC)

Session 4: The Dimensions of Prefab: Value chain, technologies and getting started (prefabAUS and AMGC)

Session 5: Addressing the challenges (IMCRC, prefabAUS, AMGC)

Wrap up: The Roadmap for Prefab

Project details

Four one-day workshops will be held over the next six months.

Adelaide – Tuesday 15 November 2022

Melbourne – Thursday 23 February 2023

Sydney – Wednesday 29 March 2023

Brisbane – Thursday 4 May 2023

All workshops will run from 9am – 4.40pm with meal breaks.

If you would like to be a part of the project, please contact Damien Crough