With the collapse of the automotive manufacturing industry estimated to have taken a staggering 40,000 jobs, a new manufacturing industry is about to be born.
This new industry focuses on safe, affordable and sustainable housing. The Melbourne School of Engineering realises the potential for this growing sector and is pushing to increase it from 5% to 15% by 2025. This will enable previous automotive manufacturers to transfer their skills to a new sector in demand. An influx of 20,000 jobs and $30 billion worth of growth is expected by 2025.
Australia can learn a lot from other European countries who are already adopting the use of prefabricated buildings. In Sweden prefabricated modular houses already make up 70% , with a focus on reconfigurable, movable and versatile buildings.
Prefabricated buildings take construction from 9 months down to less than one. The ability for them to be constructed out of harsh weather conditions such as high, humid heat and the blistering cold allows for a much faster construction time.
There also exists the potential for the possibility of prefabricated classrooms, hospitals and dental clinics etc that will be able to be quickly constructed for rural areas where these services are in high demand.
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