Moov Modular taps industry hub to grow local manufacturing capability
Moov Modular, based on NSW’s Central Coast, has spent the last five years developing its modular housing designs and products with solutions spanning prefabricated buildings, bathroom pods, modular homes, tiny homes, and sensible housing projects.
The local manufacturer’s modular building products offer many advantages over traditional on-site construction, with its buildings delivering superior thermal, acoustic, and fire protection ratings while significantly reducing waste and build times.
“There is a real opportunity for Australia to address several issues related to housing availability and energy efficiency through faster take up by industry of modular and prefabricated homes,” said Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, AMGC.
“By embracing new methods in housing construction, we can offer safe, high quality, sustainable, and an efficient way to meet ambitious Federal and State housing initiatives through manufacturing better buildings.” Said Goennemann.
In addition to these gains, the modular and prefabricated building processes can create skilled and diverse job opportunities across the entire manufacturing value chain encompassing research and development (R&D), design, logistics, production, distribution, sales and services.
AMGC Director for Victoria, Mike Grogan, who is leading the Prefabrication Feasibility Study said, “Prefabricated and modular buildings currently account for around five per cent of housing builds in Australia compared to as high as 80-plus per cent in other nations. Our potential to embrace more prefabrication construction could lead to an additional 20,000 new jobs and add over $20 billion to the economy in the longer term.”
Nick O’Neill, Managing Director at Moov Modular, agreed that huge opportunities existfor prefab and modular building in Australia, and joined AMGC to collaborate with industry partners via the Prefabrication Hub initiative.
“Advanced manufacturing is not just about what you make, but how you make it, therefore prefabricated construction is very much advanced manufacturing,” O’Neill added.
“There’s so much IP in how you build the structure of a module in terms of the connections, fitting the panels together, how you insulate them, shipping and lifting, as well as incorporating the many trades needed to build a house both in the factory and onsite.”
“We are currently engaging with industry partners, developers, and charities to deliver our products, as we sharpen our focus on providing housing that suits all needs. There is significant scope for prefabricated and modular homes to contribute to delivering housing and rental stock to the Australian market by working with larger investors.”
To learn more about AMGC’s Prefabricated Innovation Hub visit – https://www.amgc.org.au/pre-fab-innovation-hub/