Dear Colleagues

I am extremely pleased to announce that we have two more new core partners – the Western Australian Housing Authority and global engineering firm Aurecon.




The Housing Authority confirmed its membership of the SBEnrc and will be providing a leading force in developing fresh projects focused on promoting innovation in the built form and Australian manufactured housing.

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Core membership of the locally-based SBEnrc provides another avenue to promote innovation and best practice as we try to lead the WA industry in the delivery of more affordable housing and in doing so help build better communities across WA,” said CEO Grahame Searle when confirming the Housing Authority’s membership of SBEnrc.

SBEnrc’s national and international network offers great opportunities to leverage our existing investment in social housing and built form policy and practice,” said Mr Searle.

The projects the Department will initially be part of:

  • Undertaking a supply chain assessment to leverage greater value from the manufactured building industry supply chain.
  • Developing a Strategic Evaluation Framework to assess options for cost-effective program delivery and affordable housing products across Australia.


David Radcliffe

Global engineering firm Aurecon prides itself on being at the leading edge of global best practice, with a business built on partnerships and a collaborative business model that nurtures the development of market leading expertise.

According to David Radcliffe, global Industry Director, Transport – “it was a logical choice to join SBEnrc as a core member. This will help us ensure our business practices are constantly challenged and improved through the unique innovation network offered through SBEnrc’s national and international linkages. This will offer  even better value to our clients.”

Aurecon will be part of a number of projects that include:

  • Using BIM as a tool for more effective management of whole-of-life facility costs, improving the supply chain and procurement processes, and examining how it can be used in off-site manufacture.
  • Better understanding the relationship between workplace requirements and social relationships for the remote area workforce, and assessing the consequential impacts on health, safety and productivity.

The on-going growth of the SBEnrc, through the inclusion of the Western Australian Housing Authority and our new global partner Aurecon, provides a further welcome reinforcement of the growing acceptance of industry research in Australia.

I look forward to working with Grahame, David and their colleagues in extending the breadth and depth of industry research to benefit Australian industry and our community.

Best regards


Keith Hampson
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre