09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Summit Producer
09:05 How The 1st CLT Hotel In Australia Was Conceived, Re-designed And Completed, With Major Cost Savings And Reduced Carbon Emissions: The 55 Southbank Blvd Hotel Case Study
A top Australian developer, recently rebuilt and completed the first CLT hotel in Australia, now one of the tallest timber buildings in Melbourne. At the original site, the existing commercial office building was able to accommodate a future extension of 6 levels with the use of concrete framed construction. The developer overcame this challenge, using Laminated Timber (CLT) construction which allows for the existing building to support an additional 10 levels, thereby achieving the targeted 220 rooms. In addition to being significantly lighter than concrete, CLT use results in lower transport costs and therefore reduced carbon emissions. Due to the quantum of offsite fabrication, including prefabricated modular hotel bathrooms, the time spent on site is significantly reduced. Sequestered within the timber itself is approximately 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of 130 homes. The predominant use of this carbon negative material represents an opportunity for the creation of a new paradigm in sustainable construction
Celine-Herbiet-rounded Celine Herbiet
Senior Designer
Bates Smart
09:30 New Case Studies Of Steel And Timber Prefab Buildings In Australia: The Lendlease Experience
George-Konstandakos-rounded George Konstandakos
Head of DesignMake
Lendlease (confirming)
 09:50 How Prefab Is Facilitating The Construction Of High-Quality, Custom Architectural, Sustainable Homes – The US Experience
Steve-Glenn-2-rounded Steve Glenn
Plant Prefab, USA (via video link)
(Plant Prefab is the first prefabricated design and construction company in the United States dedicated to sustainable construction, materials, processes, and operations)
Plant Prefab
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:30 Increasing The Scale Of Using DFMA Principles To Unlock Offsite Manufacturing Construction: Lessons Learnt From Newly Completed Prefabricated Projects – Perspective From Mirvac
David-Haller-rounded David Haller
National Operations Manager, Masterplanned Communities, Construction
Mirvac (invited)
11:00 Global Exemplar: Delivering State-Of-The-Art PPVC Modular Projects – The Singapore Experience
Raymond-Chan-rounded Raymond Chan
Special Projects Director
Teambuild Engineering & Construction, Singapore (confirming)
(Global Pioneer of PPVC Technology, Projects & Prefab Bathroom Pods)
Teambuild Engineering & Construction
11:30 New Project Focus: Property Development Potential In The Western Sydney Aerotropolis Precinct, With The Possibilities For Modular Construction In Future Projects
Jason-Stephenson-rounded Jason Stephenson
Managing Director
Land Evolution
Land Evolution
12:00 Panel Discussion:
  • How To Capitalize On New Project Opportunities From New Market Recovery
  • Investing In New ConTech: Overcoming Inertia, Optimize New Opportunities
  • Managing Funding And Risk Management Challenges In Modular Construction
  • Sustainability Innovations And Prefabrication In The Circular Economy
  • Advances In Prefabrication And Construction Tech In Australia: Moving Forward With The New Regional Prefab Innovation Hubs. Conceived by the federal government, these regional hubs support the development and growth of prefab in Australia, through increased collaboration between industry and research, support new prefab technologies and improve the prefab manufacturing ecosystem. These are aimed at increasing prefab’s market share from 5% to 15%, creating 20,000 new Australian jobs and adding $30 billion to the economy
Andrew-Duffin-rounded Andrew Duffin
NBRS Architecture
NBRS Architecture
Nick-Deeks-rounded Nick Deeks
Managing Director
WT Partnership
WT Partnership
Matt-Khoo-rounded Matt Khoo
Managing Director
ICD Property
 ICD Property
FRED-MOSHIRI-rounded Dr Fred Moshiri
Senior Structural Engineer
ACOR Consultants
ACOR Consultants
Joachim-Clauss-rounded Joachim Clauss
Founding Principal
Smartform Architecture
Smartform Architecture
& Invited Prefab Experts
12:45 Lunch & Networking
13:45 Healthcare Facility Prefabrication And How Hospital Modular Construction Can Meet The Urgent And Critical Healthcare Needs In An Era Of COVID-19
Modular construction’s quickened delivery times means industry can provide rapid solutions to the increasing demand of health care facilities. At the outset of the Covid pandemic, some very quick examples of this were witnessed in Wuhan, China. Two modular hospitals were built in just over a week during the Chinese New Year holiday period, in response to strained resources as a result of the outbreak. Modular construction and pre-fabrication are now revolutionizing healthcare with new modular prefabricated designs that will reduce the cost and time taken to build hospitals by 50%. The breakthrough will eventually filter down to benefit a much bigger ecosystem of stakeholders through reduced healthcare costs.
Jason-Yates-rounded Dr Jason Yates
Senior Director, Capital and Asset Services
Queensland Health
Queensland Health
Modular Construction Of Hospitals And Health Care Facilities In Australia, With Case Study Of Modular Construction In The Health & Aged Care Sectors
  • Why the health and the aged care sectors can benefit from modular construction innovation
  • Observing COVID Safety and Design Considerations
  • Key area focus emphasis on performance based design
  • The repeatability, superior quality allows regulators to meet performance requirements
Senior Management
Hutchinson Builders
Hutchinson Builders
Jamie-Coe-rounded Jamie Coe
Prefab Expert and Manager
Hutchinson Builders
Hutchinson Builders
14:30 Prefabrication In Sydney: Planning For And Designing The World’s Tallest New Hybrid Timber Tower In Sydney’s “Silicon Valley”
Sydney will soon be home to what is claimed to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber building. Owned by Australian tech giant, Atlassian, it will be constructed using timber, steel and glass, right in the heart of Sydney’s new Tech Central Square. The $1 billion-plus building will have approximately 35 floors and will feature natural ventilation and large planted terraces. The hybrid construction could use 50 percent less embodied carbon than conventional techniques and, once completed, use 50 percent less energy for maintenance than a conventional building. It will also feature solar panels and operate on 100 percent renewable energy from the day it opens. Using Mass Timber Construction (MTC) techniques, this project entails a steel exoskeleton that supports the rest of the structure. The building will stand in the Tech Precinct at Sydney’s Central Station which will help to drive the area’s recovery from coronavirus and form part of a planned regeneration that will provide workspace for 4,000 in the Atlassian building alone. Offices around the world have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and some companies have told employees they will be working from home for good. This planned building will respond to the new realities of working life. The project is designed to operate on 100% renewable energy and reach net zero emissions by 2050. The tower’s steel exoskeleton incorporates an electricity-generating façade system with self-shade capabilities to reduce direct heat gain. Combined with the use of mass timber, the façade enables the project to leverage Sydney’s temperate climate to help reduce carbon emissions and generate on-site energy.
14:45 A Developer’s Perspective: Bridging The Gap Between Construction And Manufacturing
Prefab Construction. Case studies of creating new bespoke living spaces utilizing CLT. CLT is 30% Lighter than Concrete and Steel, Improves Construction Costs by 15% and Promises 50% Lower Carbon Footprint
  1. Case Study Of The $47 Million Hotel Constructed On Top Of An Existing Office Building Using CLT
  2. Case Study Of The $3 Million Oakleigh Child Care Centre Showcasing How CLT Can Be Used To Achieve Design Outcomes
    • Our choice of material (CLT) & design consultants
    • Building regulations (as they relate to CLT)
    • Builder appointments and outcomes from the owner’s point of view
Tim-Davey-rounded Tim Davey
General Manager, Projects
Hume Property (invited)
Hume Property
15:15 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 How And Why To Develop Zero Energy Modular Buildings
Furio-Barzon-rounded Furio Barzon
Founder & CEO
Green Prefab, Italy (via video link)
Green Prefab
16:00 Fast-Tracking Design Delivery, With Case Studies On Data Centers And Other Infrastructure Transportation Or Utility Projects: Prefabrication As The Strategic Option

Data centers are the core foundation infrastructure that fuel the Tech Boom and is needed for new economic growth. Ultimately, data is what runs the world and with major impact events like Covid19, there is a natural acceleration in demand for data center services as people try to share or simply stay informed. Prefabrication can provide a quick and convenient solution to data center construction. Prefabrication reduce risk by eliminating site works and delivery delays. With a complicated data center project that has short delivery timelines, pre-engineered product packages, along with prefabricated solutions, could be the answer. As demand for data storage grows rapidly, so too is the demand for scalable and easily installed data centers.

Prefabricated elements—precast concrete and steel are now used for the cut-and-cover Sydney Metro stations—including the first-time use in Australia of precast wall elements for soil-retaining applications. Up to 80% of the main structural elements of a Sydney Northwest Metro Station are prefabricated, including 50-tonne box beams spanning up to 22 m. The main elements of the “leaf” canopies were also prefabricated and erected on site. Placing the canopies with cranes required accurate positioning to allow connection to the four supporting points situated on buttresses. Once connected to their buttresses, temporary propping was secured to allow installation of the bracing elements. The use of prefabrication for long-span trusses resulted in more than a 40% reduction in steel weight. The innovative prefabrication design at this station increased the efficiency and sustainability of the station project, both in construction and in future maintenance operations.

Charles-Fortin-rounded Charles Fortin
Managing Director
Collard Maxwell Architects
Collard Maxwell Architects
16:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussions
  • Advances In Timber Materials And Technology For Prefabrication
Arthur-Walch-rounded Arthur Walch
CLT/Timber Manager, Asia Pacific
Binderholz GmbH, Germany
Binderholz GmbH
  • Modular Construction For BTR (Build-To-Rent) Projects: How Modular Construction And Offsite Pre-Fabrication Can Deliver Faster Build Rates, Higher Quality Finish For BTR, With Case Studies
  • Modular Homes Made For Bushfire Areas
  • New Steel And Concrete Prefab Projects & Opportunities
  • Home Office Pods For WFH
  • Green Steel For Modular Construction
  • Advances In AS3850 Precast
  • Precast Concrete Stairs Innovation
  • Prefab Column Systems Innovation
  • Introducing Better Quality Building Components & Products
  • Exploring Airspace And Rooftop Modular Homes
  • Securing The Finance And Insurance For Builders/Developers & Managing The Cash Flow
  • Prefabricating The NSW’s Education Infrastructure
  • Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction, PPVC
  • Advanced Prefab Bathroom And Kitchen Pods
  • Plumbing Prefabrication Opportunities
  • Mass Timber Regulations In International Building Code
  • Blockchain For Construction Practice
  • Integrating Renewable Technologies (Solar & Microgrids) With Modular Green Building Design
  • Advances In New Construction Materials: Bamboo, Hemp
  • New Prefabrication Construction Techniques And Technologies
  • 3D Printing A Smart City: New Breakthroughs
  • Drones For High Rise Fire Fighting, Risk Based Integrity Inspection And Site Surveying
  • Sustainable Prefab: Recycling Plastic Waste For Manufacturing Prefab Building Components
17:30 Closing Remarks By Summit Chairman

09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Summit Producer
09:15 Autonomous Buildings: What Are The Latest Technologies Deployed To Design And Construct Modular Intelligent Buildings
Tuan-Ngo-rounded Professor Tuan Ngo
Research Director
Building 4.0 CRC & ARC
Building 4.0 CRC
09:45 How Bathroom Pod Prefab New Designs Help Projects Reduce Construction Time By At Least 35 % And Slash Defects By Up To 80%
In Australia, bathroom pods are particularly useful for large commercial projects. During these trying pandemic times, even with social distancing measures in place, prefab bathroom pods are still being fabricated, delivered and installed on-site at Geocon’s High Society project in Belconnen and at the 5 Star Abode Hotel at the Midnight development. The construction crew there installed these modular pods, manufactured offsite in controlled factory environment, working at less than an hour for each pod. Working on project tight schedules, no delays in construction times were encountered and overall project time cut by 30%.
Rory-Grace-rounded Rory Grace
Executive Director
Platinum Pacific
Platinum Pacific
 10:15 Growing The Tiny Homes & Flatpack Sector In Australia: Meeting The Needs And Future Of Affordable Housing
Kim-Conolly-rounded Kim Conolly
Australian Tiny House Association
Australian Tiny House Association
10:45 Morning Refreshments & Networking
11:00 COVID-19 & Passive House Architecture: Why Designing For Occupant Wellness Is Now So Critical?

In 2020, after a brief celebration of the dawn of a new decade, an unprecedented wave of uncertainty hit the world—the coronavirus pandemic has gravely affected many lifestyles: how and where we live, work and play have been stripped down to the core and turned upside down almost overnight. Our homes have become our workplaces, exercise arenas and playgrounds. Some have found out the hard way during this pandemic about the importance of design and the value of space—poor families living in tight quarters; migrant workers staying in cramped dormitories—and what this ultimately means to curbing the spread of a virus like COVID-19. Buildings, therefore, have the potential to act as public health tools.

Case Study of a Passive House Structure with the WELL standard, the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School. The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is the first comprehensive rating system that focuses on occupant health and well-being in the built environment. In Australia, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, a CLT rebuilt school with wellness and biophilia in mind, with asbestos removed from its old structure, is enclosed in a high-performance envelope with light, airy interiors. An educational space that elevates well-being, a vast four-storey atrium acts as the main entry via a central circulation spine, connecting all areas on the upper levels of the building with the ones on the ground floor.

KNUT-MENDEN-rounded Knut Menden
BettiundKnut & Certified Mass Timber Consultant
Passivehouse Designer
11:30 Case Study: High Performance Prefabricated Houses At Narara Ecovillage
  • Components that improved the performance of a house that was prefabricated off-site
  • The additional Narara Ecovillage’s Building Standard criteria it met
  • Other high performance houses that used prefabricated components
Graham-Hunt-rounded Graham Hunt
Director & Architect
Delisle Hunt Wood
Delisle Hunt Wood
John-Shiel-rounded Dr John Shiel
12:00 Modular Construction For The Aged Care Sector: Aveo Norwest, Australia’s Award-Winning, CLT Building Was Completed 13 Weeks Earlier Than Scheduled
Georgios-Anagnostou-rounded Georgios Anagnostou
Jackson Teece

Jackson Teece
12:20 Modular Passive Houses & Positive Energy Homes (with case studies)
Kylie-Mills-rounded Kylie Mills
BluKube Architecture / Australian Passive House Association
Australian Passive House Association
12:40 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Prefab Structural Engineering Innovations For High-Rise Student Accommodation At Atira Student Living: A Case Study
An innovative building technique has helped to erect an award-winning addition to the Melbourne skyline quickly, quietly and safely. The Atira Student Living, at 150 m high, is one of the tallest buildings in the world to use prefabricated construction methods and has been recognised with a Construction Award of Excellence by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Arising from some innovative engineering, Atira was completed in just 24 months, representing a 30 to 40 % reduction in construction time compared to convention building methods. The 783-bed Atira building project involved 285 modules, with module slabs 17m long and weighed 26t. Adopting a pro-innovation approach, the project constructor applied a unique new engineering innovation, tongue joints, to fasten Atira’s modular slabs on site. Temporary rather than permanent load-bearing elements were used for the columns, making them recyclable. Managing tolerance was a key achievement for Atira’s façade. Normally, in a conventional tall structure, the floors are built first and then a protective screen is applied so workers can build the core. For a building of this height, about 18 floors would have been built before starting on the façade. In the case of Atira, the façade was attached to the modules from the very beginning.
Shan-Kumar-rounded Dr Shan Kumar
National President
Concrete Institute of Australia
Concrete Institute of Australia
14:00 New Zealand’s Prefabrication New Opportunities, CLT Products Demand And The Upcoming New Building Act Review

In New Zealand, traditional construction companies, developers and clients are increasingly looking at ways to do things better, quicker and at a higher quality and offsite manufacturing allows them to do this. Post Covid-19 will see the New Zealand building sector continue to thrive to meet pent-up housing demand. Buoying this new industry growth prospect is the setup of Kainga Ora (the former Housing New Zealand Corporation) with its new modular projects, the new Building Act Review that will facilitate a more seamless approval of imported prefab components and institutionalise OSM, and the Government’s new Procurement Guidelines that focus on improving building construction value instead of the lowest cost.

Modular builds has high potential in New Zealand, going forward: there are a number of new projects in the pipeline that are actively looking to utilise CLT products, particularly in the Canterbury region. Red Stag timber’s new CLT plant in the North Island is now gearing up to meet this CLT demand.

ANDREW-BOOKER-rounded Andrew Booker
Special Advisor to the Chief Executive
Kainga Ora, New Zealand (formerly Housing New Zealand Corporation)
Kainga Ora
14:30 Modular Construction Of Schools In Australia
In Victoria and NSW, future school buildings are made using prefab technology. Under Victoria’s Permanent Modular School Buildings Program old government school buildings, filled with asbestos, are replaced with new prefab ones. NSW private schools are also planning for easy to build, versatile, prefab classrooms. They are easier to build, as they require less on-site labor and they are less disruptive than the construction of traditional classrooms. A traditional construction might take 18 months to finish, while a prefab one only takes 6 to 8 weeks. South Australia and New South Wales will also be implementing modular programs to deliver the government education infrastructure.
Drenka-Andjelic-rounded Drenka Andjelic
Managing Director
Construction Assignments
Construction Assignments
15:00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Innovations In Modular Wiring In Australia
Mark-Mahey-rounded Mark Mahey
Managing Director
16:00 Affordable Housing For The Young: Modular Construction And Build-To-Rent As Possible Options
Yovi-Kwok-rounded Yovi Kwok
Creator of Affordable Housing
Nitly Modular
Nitly Modular
16:30 Modular Solutions For Social Housing – Prefabrication For Affordable Housing For Quick Economic Recovery: Case Studies Of New Social Housing Programs
Australia will need another 730,000 social housing dwellings in 20 years if it is to tackle homelessness and housing stress among low-income renters. The NSW Government has adopted an innovative strategy for Communities Plus, with the introduction of a Build-to-Rent model to deliver more social, affordable and private housing. How would the NSW Government’s plans and policies to support BTR development form an integrated part of its Affordable Housing Strategy?

Victoria will need 6000 new social housing dwellings to be built each year for the next decade to avoid a homelessness crisis. Victorian Government is investing almost $500 million to public and community housing to boost construction jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising modern methods of construction such as prefabrication, efficient design and predictable construction techniques can reduce the extent of costly delays and variations prevalent with conventional build methods. Repeatable room configurations, prefabricated frames and proprietary bathrooms can remove the costs associated with regular housing solutions, such as the expensive development of site-specific layouts to give each new building its own identity. The design of permanent modular type building layouts and repetition of building elements on various sites and/or on multiple levels can deliver significant savings in construction cost and provide an achievable approach to resolving the shortage of construction in social and affordable housing. Three to four social and affordable housing developments on standard residential blocks can be completed in 2 years using modular/offsite construction, compared with one to two of the same buildings using conventional construction. Offsite constructed houses are cheaper than traditionally built homes by about 20%.

Geoff-Dart-rounded Geoff Dart
General Manager, Construction
Harris HMC
Harris HMC
Travis-Lambe-rounded Travis Lambe
General Manager, Maintenance
Harris HMC
Harris HMC
Wendy-Hayhurst-rounded Wendy Hayhurst
Community Housing Industry Association
Community Housing Industry Association
George-Earl-2-rounded Professor George Earl
Head of Research
National Affordable Housing Consortium
National Affordable Housing Consortium
17:20 Closing Remarks By Summit Chairman


08:55 Welcome Address
09:00 3D Printed Permanent Building Elements For Modular Construction, With Prefabrication Case Studies On Tasmania, Flinders Island, King Island And Bruny Island
Stephen-Sainsbury-2-rounded Stephen Sainsbury
Ecoshelta Australia & Stephen Sainsbury Architecture

09:30 The Use Of Robotics In Building Maintenance And Optimised Performance: Smart Green Wall Technology And Wallbot
  • The uptake of green infrastructure (green walls and roofs) in many towns and cities is needed to attenuate the urban heat island.
  • Other social, environmental and economic benefits exist; such as provision of habitat for bio-diversity, improved thermal performance, opportunity for biophilia effect on people, improved air quality and reduced operating energy costs.
  • Green walls can be retrofitted to existing buildings or incorporated into new build.
  • The uptake of Green Walls has lagged and the main barriers are OH&S risks of working at heights and costs of maintenance.
  • These barriers can be overcome with the adoption of Wallbot – a robot designed and testing at UTS – a collaboration of DAB and FEIT faculties. Wallbot inspects, monitors and collects data on environmental conditions and plant health.
  • An extension of the initial design is the Smart Green Wall – whereby the Wallbot control system is integrated into BMS. Maintenance can be controlled and managed remotely thereby optimising performance and minimising costs and OH&S risks.
  • It is possible to integrate this Smart Green Wall technology and designs into OSM design.
Sara-J-Wilkinson-rounded Professor Sara J Wilkinson
Professor of Sustainable Property
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
Marc-Carmichael-rounded Dr Marc Carmichael
Roboticist & Engineering Lecturer
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
 10:00 Case Study Of Specialty Modular Prefabrication: Modular Relocatable Multi-Level Car Parking Solutions
  • Benefits of modular and prefabricated construction in solving city car parking problems
  • Why there is a specific demand in the transport and infrastructure space for this type of solution
  • The ability to relocate the car park or adapt it to parking demands by adding or subtracting to the structural levels
  • Future applications and project opportunities
Peter-McUtchen-rounded Peter McUtchen
Chief Executive Officer
The PARKD Group

The PARKD Group
10:30 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:45 The Vision For Augmented Reality In Construction: Virtual Reality Multi-User Collaboration In BIM – Case Study Of One Sydney Harbour Towers, Barangaroo
David-Francis-rounded David Francis
Virtual Method
Virtual Method
11:15 Strategic Lean Thinking And Supply Chain Management Best Practices For The Prefabrication Sector
Two simultaneous trends are emerging in construction globally as increasingly fragmented traditional supply chains struggle to improve productivity and manage quality; these are prefabrication and the re-emergence of vertically integrated supply chains. In both cases, lean production thinking and cross disciplinary integration are key to achieving successful outcomes. This presentation reviews global trends and explains why they are occurring, and presents a case for the use of lean thinking and supply chain management practices as necessary prerequisites for a future ready, efficient construction industry.
Marton-Marosszeky-rounded Professor Marton Marosszeky
Managing Director
Marosszeky Associates

Marosszeky Associates
11:45 Prefab MEP System: Construction Industry Productivity Transformation Through Prefab Mechanical, Electrical And Plumbing (MEP) System
  • Prefabricating Plumbing and Building Services, with case studies
  • Plumbing, sewerage, drainage, vertical transportation, sanitation, heating, seepage & leakage management
  • Design considerations to take into account when undertaking a prefabricated project
Neil-Wypior-rounded Neil Wypior
Founder/Senior Consultant

Prefab MEP
12:15 Human-Robot Collaboration, Work Processes And Interfaces For Design, Fabrication And Construction Industries
Dagmar-reinhardt-rounded Professor Dagmar Reinhardt
Head of Architecture, The University of Sydney
Co-Founder, Robots in Architecture and Construction Australia
The University of Sydney
12:40 Case Study Of Computationally Designing And Fabricating CLT School Modules
Hank-Haeusler-rounded Professor M. Hank Haeusler
Director of Computational Design
UNSW Sydney
13:00 Lunch & Networking


13:45 1. UNSW Digital Fabrication and Robotic Fabrication Lab to understand how 3D printing and digital fabrication can be used to improve construction and design productivity (pending COVID-19 clearance)

2. Visit to a newly constructed, first prefabricated CLT house in the Sydney area, designed to meet the PassivHaus standard. Learn how to achieve building a CLT project with improved energy efficiency and construction standards by applying the PassivHaus standard (pending COVID clearance)

3. Visit to the Robotics Lab at University of Sydney to learn how human-robot collaboration improve productivity in the design, fabrication and construction industries (pending COVID clearance)
3d rendering robotic arms with building
*Space In Each Site Visit Is Limited, Registrations Will Be Available On First Come, First Reserved Basis