Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Malay Dave

High performance prefab housing: towards an evaluation framework for design, sustainability and affordability

This thesis examines the role of design in delivering high performance (affordability and sustainability) in prefab housing and through a three-pronged mixed methods design clarifies the nature of relationship between affordability and sustainability. It develops a novel evaluation framework and demonstrates its practical application and effectiveness in comparative performance evaluation.



  • Dave M; Gou Z; Prasad D; Li F, 2014, Greening Universities Toolkit V2.0: Transforming Universities into Green and Sustainable Campuses: A Toolkit for Implementers, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Retrived from
  • Osmond P; Dave M; Prasad D; Li F, 2013, Greening Universities Toolkit: Transforming Universities into Green and Sustainable Campuses: A Toolkit for Implementers, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Retrived from

Book Chapters

  • Dave M, 2014, 'Chasing ZED – Once the holy grail, but are ‘zero carbon’ homes enough?', in Clarke D (ed.) How to Rethink Building Materials: Creating ecological housing for the designer, builder and homeowner, pp. 80-81.

Journal Articles

  • Dave M; Watson B; Prasad D, 2017, 'Performance and Perception in Prefab Housing: An Exploratory Industry Survey on Sustainability and Affordability', Procedia Engineering, 180, pp. 676-686, 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.227.
  • Wu H; Crawford RH; Warren-Myers G; Dave M; Noguchi M, 2016, 'The economic value of low-energy housing', Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 22, pp. 45-58, 10.1080/14445921.2016.1161869.
  • Dave M; Prasad D, 2010, 'Residential Retrofitting: Current Practice and Emerging Directions-Summary of a BEIIC Report', Environment Design Guide, pp. 1-10, Retrieved from

Conference Papers

  • Dave M; Watson B; Prasad D, 2017, Performance and perception in prefab housing: An exploratory industry survey on sustainability and affordability, in International High- Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wu H; Crawford RH; Warren-Myers G; Dave M; Noguchi M, 2015, Concept and Barriers for the Economic Value of Low-Energy Houses, in Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ed.) COBRA AUBEA 2015 Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dave M; Bilbao J; Dickson J; Watson B; Prasad D; Sproul A, 2014, 'Towards Sustainable Modular Housing: A Case Study of Thermal Performance Optimisation for Australia', in, Rawal R; Manu S; Shah A; Batra D, eds. 30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies: Choosing the way forward, 2014 CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, pp. 223-230.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Bilbao JI; Dave M; Watson B; Sproul AB; Prasad D, 2016, RP1011 - Sustainable and affordable living through modular homes and communities - Final Report, CRC for Low Carbon Living, Retrieved from
  • Dave M; Varshney A; Graham P, 2012, Assessing the Climate Change Adaptability of Buildings – ACCARNSI Discussion Paper, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Australia, Retrieved from
  • Prasad D; Snow M; Dave M, 2010, Climate Change Adaptation Skills for (Architecture and Design) Professionals: Review of Existing Literature, Research & Gap Analysis - Milestone Report for Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Prasad D; Teo M; Dave M, 2009, Retrofitting Residential Housing and Precincts: Current Practice, New Strategies and Training Responses - A report for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research (DIISR). Built Environment Industry Innovation Council (BEIIC).
  • Design for Energy Efficiency (BENV1072 & BENV7030), 2008-2018
  • Energy and the Built Environment (SUSD0003), 2012-2017
  • Materials, Resources and Sustainability / Building Ecology and Life Cycle Thinking (SUSD0002), 2015-2019
  • Design Competition (BEIL0003), 2019
  • Interior Technics 1: Assemblage (INTA2171), 2016-2017
  • Interior Technics 3: Details (INTA3271), 2016-2017
  • Sustainable Design Thinking (BEIL0007), 2015-2016
  • Sustainability Assessment for Prefabricated Buildings (ARCH9006), 2015