Innovative housing adoption: Modular housing for the Australian growing family

Daniell Phillips, Mirko Guaralda, Sukanlaya Sawang

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Abstract

Housing must be flexible to the circumstances growing families face as their needs change during the family lifecycle. The purpose of this paper is to gather a preliminary understanding of growing families' needs and evaluate how modular off-site manufactured construction could effectively answer those needs. Despite the large amount of research that has gone into off-site manufactured buildings, there is little research that has explored its suitability as a flexible housing typology for growing families. The pilot presented in this paper investigates the specific context of Brisbane, Australia; qualitative data have been gathered from growing families in this city and combined with established theory on flexible building to develop a preliminary understanding of how modular off-site manufactured construction could perform in meeting flexibility requirements in comparison to a traditional lightweight timber framed construction. Findings highlight how the ability to modify a dwelling is a fundamental feature for growing families; a number of other advantages in flexibility were found in modular off-site manufacture and recommendations made to improve this construction typology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-170
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Green Building
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Modular
  • Family Lifecycle
  • Adaptability
  • Prefabrication
  • Off-site Manufacture

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