FWPA Building Innovations

Modular housing manufacturing concepts

Modular housing is not especially new and is a fixed feature of many northern hemisphere countries. Cold weather and the associated problem of limited site construction time, are often the drivers of uptake of modularised housing – hence necessitating off-site construction. Productivity is also a driver of this form of construction as evidenced in the Japanese market where some manufacturers produce in excess of 50,000 dwellings per year in various forms. Such housing has yet to significantly penetrate the Australian market.


Controlled production offsite provides for higher quality tolerances, greater use of automation, stock control, reduced waste, better control over worker safety during production, higher productivity, very fast onsite time and potential for improved customer satisfaction.


Needs large a large marketplace to facilitate economies of scale. Other issues include:

  • logistical transportation issues including traffic and large haulage road regulation.
  • The cost of similar buildings can vary dramatically if the transport is over a long distance.
  • The factory setup requires large capital outlay and therefore only leaving room for a limited number of suppliers in the market.
  • Only a limited geographical region can be serviced.


Browse Technology Resources By Category

About FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

Contact FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia
Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9927 3200
Fax: +61 3 9927 3288
Email: info@fwpa.com.au