Journal article

Plug n play: Future prefab for smart green schools

C Newton, S Backhouse, A Aibinu, B Cleveland, RH Crawford, D Holzer, P Soccio, T Kvan

Buildings | MDPI AG | Published : 2018


While relocatable, prefabricated learning environments have formed an important component of school infrastructure in Australia, prefabrication for permanent school buildings is a new and emerging field. This review of prefabrication for schools is timely. In 2017, Australia’s two largest state education departments committed to prefabrication programs for permanent school infrastructure. In this paper we examine the recent history of prefabrication for Australian school buildings in the context of prefabrication internationally. We explore the range of prefabrication methods used locally and internationally and introduce evaluation indicators for school infrastructure. Traditional post-occup..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper draws on research from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP0991146 Future Proofing Schools; a Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) POE research consultancy on the Envi prefabricated prototype classrooms; and a University of Melbourne interdisciplinary grant for the research titled, Template Schools, a triple bottom line review of the BER initiative.