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Building 4.0 CRC – digital transformation of the building industry (in progress)

What we did and why

The VBA is participating in the seven-year Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre, an industry-led research initiative co-funded by the Australian Government.

Building 4.0 commenced in 2020-21 and aims to address long-standing systemic problems in the construction industry including stagnating productivity, limited digitisation or adoption of advances in manufacturing technology, and poor knowledge transfer.

Building 4.0’s partners include:

  • Research organisations: Monash University, University of Melbourne, and Queensland University of Technology
  • Government: Victorian Building Authority, and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Victorian Government)
  • Peak industry bodies and associations: Master Builders Association Victoria, Green Building Council of Australia, PrefabAUS and Standards Australia
  • Vocational Education and Training: Holmesglen Institute, and
  • Commercial industry partners.

The VBA is supporting Building 4.0 as its research program streams (sectoral, digital and building transformation streams) are aligned to the VBA’s research focus and will help drive digital adoption and systemisation of the industry.

What we have achieved so far

By participating in Building 4.0, we are working closely with industry and research leaders who have advanced digital and technological expertise.

To date, we have worked closely with researchers, industry and other partners to develop projects of mutual benefit that focus on accelerating adoption of digital and new technologies, increasing the digital competencies of practitioners and automation of building processes.

Building 4.0 research projects that the VBA has or is contributing to include: