How the Supply Chain is Affecting the Building Industry (What it means for your home build)


Written By

Tricia Pollard

The supply chain affects every business and consumer on the planet. Over the past year or so, we've all seen what happens when it breaks down!

Much like the ‘great toilet paper shortage’ of 2020, we are now seeing a nationwide shortage of building materials which is putting pressure on Australia's construction industry. Unexpected hiccups in the supply chain, labour shortages and unforeseen delays have caused projects to exceed the initial timeframe.



Delays in the supply of building materials are emerging across the building industry due to the following factors:

  • Near-record new home approvals due to government 'Homebuilder' and 'Building Bonus' schemes (an 89% increase in dwelling building approvals compared to 2019-20)
  • Supply chain disruptions including staff shortages, and increased freight times on international imports, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Currently, 93% of WA builders report building product delays with the longest delays/ shortages reported for bricklayers, carpenters, and structural steel workers.


No doubt, it's a frustrating situation for all parties involved! Material shortages have not only stretched out timelines on projects like your new home build, but they've also unfortunately made a lot of these materials cost more, and builders often have no choice but to pass higher costs on to the owners.  


Let's take a look at some of the main materials currently in short supply for home builders around the world:

  • Steel
  • Timber
  • Concrete
  • Insulation
  • Melamine
  • Aluminium
  • Doors 
  • Mouldings

Steel is used to manufacture our wall frames and roof trusses and has suffered massive international supply chain issues. The combination of increased demand, and supply issues, meant that the cost of steel increased by approximately 50%.

Most builders, like Evoke Living Homes, have tried to absorb higher steel costs instead of raising product prices, but some increases were inevitable.

Our pre-stressed concrete bases have seen increased manufacturing lead times, due to the high demand for concrete


Insulation (used in walls and ceilings to increase energy efficiency), and melamine (the raw product used for cabinetry door fronts and shelving) are key parts of every home and have suffered the same


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What Does This Mean for You?

While building your home may seem like it’s taking longer than you expected, we want you to understand that everyone at Evoke Living Homes is working hard to build your new modular home as soon as possible.

We understand new homeowners want their new home right now! But the reality is we can't work any faster if we want to maintain our industry-leading standards and quality for manufacturing. 

Home builders and manufacturers are working their hardest to make the best of these supply chain issues, and obstacles of the entire industry when they are simply out of our control.


So, whether you're planning on building your new home with Evoke Living Homes or from another builder, we can only say this:

"Hang in there, it will be well worth the wait! The memories will soon be made. It may not be as soon as we all had hoped, but they will be made nonetheless. Let's keep pushing through this together and continue to do the very best we can."  


Why Does Modular Remain the Most Efficient Way to Build?

In an industry that is seeing unprecedented construction delays, modular remains an ideal option for new homes in regional WA due to its highly efficient manufacturing process.

Controlled build times, costs, quality and environmentally friendly. Build better and faster with Evoke Living Homes.

As always, you can count on us here at Evoke to continue to execute our build and delivery process at the highest industry standards. With an emphasis on honest and transparent communication, care for our clients and expertise, we can help you through these difficult times.



Contact Us

To learn more about building a modular home contact us today! Or for updates on current building timeframes call us on 1300 138 653.