NewsMar 2020

How the Australian bushfires have brought prefabrication to the fore

The saying goes that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s a popular old adage attesting to the need for time to create great things, but one that perhaps wouldn’t exist had prefabrication been around in that era.

The evidence could soon stand tall and proud in the bushfire-effected towns of Australia, where swift action is required for those who have lost their homes.
Prefabricated homes, which are manufactured fully or partly in a factory and assembled onsite, boast one of the most valuable assets at times of crisis – speed. Meanwhile, the nature of the design and production of each modular property keeps cost down and quality high.

We’ve already seen prefab at work on the global scale. Following the California wildfires in 2018, many people turned to prefabrication as a means of rebuilding their homes in a timely manner.

This is tangible proof of the value of modular design. Indeed, it’s an indication of prefab’s relative infancy in Australia that it has not been spoken of more freely and enthusiastically in regard to this issue.

The benefits are clear and extend far beyond convenience. Prefab is sustainable, low-waste and energy-efficient – three criteria at an absolute premium in the country right now. Prefabricated dwellings are also able to be designed to the highest Bushfire Attack Level rating, contrary to popular belief regarding timber homes.
For some years now we have thought it was only a matter of time before people realised that prefab was the future. It’s taken a little while for us to catch on – Europe, North America and Asia have already gone modular – but now is as good a time as any for the penny to drop.

So, how does BuiltSmart Group fit into this industry? With over 30 years of experience, BSG is an industry leader in the field of modular and prefabricated construction. We have handled over $80 million of completed projects to date that have seen us produce more than 1,000 prefabricated and modular dwellings across Australia. We have delivered projects of up to three storeys and can design a prefab solution that fits any project - be it accommodation relief, primary residences, secondary dwellings or commercial developments.

BSG can manage, design, manufacture and deliver prefabricated dwellings from start to finish. Prefab is quicker than conventional construction, guarantees quality and most of all, offers an affordable and fixed price solution. Call BSG today to find out more about our prefab services.