2019 Construction Industry Predictions

30-winmallee-balwynKenny Ingram, Global Industry Director at global enterprise application company, IFS, has gazed into his crystal ball for the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries and made some bold predictions for 2019.

His no. 1 prediction is that 50 per cent of all construction projects worldwide will include modular content by 2022, driven by the growing global skills shortage.

IFS reported that in 2018 they saw four times greater customer activity around modular construction than in any other year before it. Across the globe in all areas of construction (e.g. schools, prisons, hospitals and luxury apartments), 2018 saw modular construction really explode onto the scene.

Mr Ingram predicts that new entrants next year will make modular construction even more essential.

“2019 will see growing numbers of traditional construction companies begin opening modular factories to stay competitive. And more new players will enter the industry – from manufacturing, supply chain and logistics to local governments, banks and insurance companies,” he forecasts.

Due to these companies offering great incentives such as flexible finance and service packages, there will be a huge pressure on building firms to adapt.

“They’ll need tighter control and more adaptability over every aspect of their projects. Proving they can, if necessary, partner up with larger networks of suppliers, offer services and maintenance on assets once built, including equipment hire, and yes, even offer or manufacture some modular units or components,” Mr Ingram predicts.

“It all adds up to an urgent need for better, more integrated digital management of complex, demanding projects,” he adds. *

The Finishing Touch have already adopted this type of construction, with the offsite modular build of lightweight decorative mouldings that are easily delivered to site and attached to the building with the use of the exclusive DAP system.

 

 

*Source: Build Australia

https://www.buildaustralia.com.au/news

 

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Boyd Baker House Australia’s Most Important Post War Building

Boydbaker house 1

Dr Michael Baker, a mathematician, demanded very particular mathematical and geometric rules. He had discovered the area of Long Forest near Bacchus Marsh, which was dense, untouched bush at the time. He commissioned Robin Boyd to build his home there in 1966. Both men were visionaries and the resulting property Boyd Baker House has been called ‘One of Australia’s most important Post War buildings’ by Melbourne University’s Professor of Architecture, Mr Phillip Goad. Robin Boyd is one of the foremost proponents of the ‘International Modern Movement’ in Australian Architecture. Dr Baker said “For Robin Boyd it was not just another project. He treated it as a masterpiece”.

Robin’s book ‘The Australian Ugliness’, published in 1960, is a critique of Australian Architecture in suburbia and the lack of a uniform architectural goal. He is the younger son of painter Penleigh Boyd and first cousin of the renowned Australian painter, Arthur Boyd. Dr. Baker was before his time, demanding a plan of the house prior to approving the build.

Boydbaker house plans

Michael Baker decided against a large English garden, saying “The flora and fauna of the bush are tied up together, they cannot be separated and each relies upon the other.  The koalas, possums, bull ants species, many small birds and the wallabies all rely on the delicate, struggling foliage of the mally trees and their under story for survival.  The relationship is age old, delicate and all too important to upset.” Thus trees that obstructed the views were never cleared with the house being the only manmade thing to disturb the calm of the bush.

Boydbaker house with trees

The roof became a low pyramid, 27.5 metres square over symmetrically curved stone walls linked by straight window walls.  The water tanks became stone cylinders supporting the edge of the roof.  Service rooms and children’s sleeping cubicles formed an inner ring around the court. The stone was quarried locally in Bacchus Marsh, floors were polished concrete and the roof was thatched.

Boydbaker house ext

In 1967 Rosemary and Michael Baker’s family had expanded to five children, all being home schooled, so they decided that they needed another house. Robin Boyd was once again commissioned as architect for the new dwelling, called the Boyd Dower House. By then the local quarry in Bacchus Marsh had closed down and Dr Baker started quarrying sandstone on site. He tells a story that he and his family and friends would busily quarry the stone by hand and cart it up the huge hill towards the Dower House ready for the builders to turn up on Monday.

Boydbaker house lounge

Increasing Housing Supply

The Property Council of Australia welcomed a report released in December 2016 on housing affordability, saying governments need to focus on solutions that will make a difference to housing affordability for all Australians. The report was released by CoreLogic and Australian National University showing an increasing gap between household income and the amount needed for a 20 per cent deposit to purchase a home.

“This new report shows the problem for all to see – now we need solutions that will make a difference, not political distractions,” said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council. “Real solutions are required to ease housing prices for home buyers – and that is largely through increasing the supply of housing.” Melbourne house prices are 30% cheaper than Sydney prices and Melbourne has had 112,000 more building approvals over the last decade, illustrating that more supply results in lower prices. However, although Sydney has the highest shortage, Melbourne still needs more housing to meet demand.

The other factors that affect housing supply are unnecessary delays and costs, which drive up the costs of new dwellings.  Ken Morrison said that all levels of government, Commonwealth, State and Territories, need to take responsibility and strike a deal to incentivise reform to fix the housing supply problem.

It would certainly be good news to builders and suppliers to the building industry to see governments working together to help increase housing supply. The Ai Group and Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) rise in February 2017 to 53.1 showed a pleasing increase in construction activity for housing, but the current forecast by HIA predicts a drop, levelling out to 172,000 dwelling construction starts in 2018. However, HIA also reported that demand associated with population growth remained reasonably robust, particularly in Melbourne, and that new house construction would remain at historically healthy levels despite dropping back from the record levels of today. Apartment and town house constructions would be the most contracted, falling from 111,810 to 69,940 starts. Detach house construction would be less affected, with starts dropping from 116,420 to 104,440.

The Finishing Touch supply builders, architects and owner-builders with high quality, lightweight exterior mouldings that create a decorative finish to dwellings.  Their lightweight decorative mouldings come in a range of styles, including French provincial, post-modern, Mediterranean and Georgian.