The Origin Story

Warren French Architect

Warren started out as an accredited builder. His search for good craftsmanship and continual improvement drove Warren to study architecture and he became an accredited architect in 1996.

He has been delivering high-quality architect designed prefabricated timber homes ever since.

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Why Prefab?

In 2009, Warren was awarded a study trip to Europe and visited Baufritz (www.baufritz.com) in Germany. He saw the need for Australians to be building as the Germans have been since the 1960s, using pre-fabrication and Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) which offer:

  • improved sustainability
  • reduced environmental impacts
  • faster construction times
  • greater efficiency
  • less waste
  • improved quality control
  • better OH&S for workers.

Warren bought this home to Tasmania and over the last 10 years has adapted these panels for the local climate using local materials. It's culminated in an award winning system that we now use to build and design our hyper-insulated houses in Australia.

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Prefab in Australia

Universities and politicians are now realising the benefits of building houses with SIPs. 12-15% of Japanese homes and 50-90% of Swedish homes are built in this way. Prefabricated panelised construction has just a 3% share of the Australian construction market, but it is anticipated that this is set to grow to become more in line with European trends of a share growth up to 10% of the Australian building industry increasing it to $15bn. (prefabAUS Newsletter June 2015 p.2)

'There is a real purpose for what we are doing and why’

Warren French July 2018

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