Maté Korda expects builders’ demands for new construction materials to increase as energy efficiency and affordability become bigger priorities. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira.

Innovative builds push boundaries

Western Australia’s building downturn and increased take-up of smaller dwellings is providing impetus for the adoption of alternative construction techniques, with builders seeking to pass cost and time savings on to homebuyers as they battle to maintain market share.


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While I applaud the spotlight being put on innovation within a hugely laggard industry in WA, it frustrates me no end to see attention being given to unproven foreign imports when there are so many opportunities using standard Australian practices and products that could deliver the same result. Every city in our country, let alone the world, is different in its set of challenges around construction; from land to materials and even trade base. Bringing in solutions from other parts of the world is not the innovation we need. Changing this industry will take some simple, grass roots investment to educate and upskill in order to achieve better results for the environment and the homeowner. There might be a few bucks to be made in bringing in the latest German technology but it will never lead to sustainable and scalable change in Perth or any other state capital in Australia.

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