Builtsmart Modular, an innovative builder from Lisarow is taking manufactured housing to a new level with the introduction of architecturally designed modular buildings that could help solve Australia’s affordable housing problem and a looming housing crisis.
Builtsmart was established four years ago when a local businessman saw statistics coming out of the USA showing that manufactured housing represented 10 to 15 percent of their total housing market compared with only 2 to 3 percent in Australia and saw an opportunity to re-invigorate the traditional pre-fab relocatable home with a new concept of architecturally designed product built from sustainable materials. The concept is a bespoke designed modular buildings that can be transported and installed in any situation including the new age manufactured housing estates that are now emerging.
Recently the company was awarded a $6 million contract to supply the Northern Territory Government with affordable housing and the first modules will come off the production line in July and be trucked to Alice Springs. The company has also forged a strategic alliance with the world’s largest resort manager and will shortly commence work on a $20 million facility on the mid north coast of NSW.
As contracts such as the above, and more in the pipeline, come into effect the company expects to increase its employment to around 100 FTE people in the next year.
But that’s not all. Builtsmart sees significant export opportunities in the Pacific Rim countries as governments seek to provide affordable accommodation for their population.