The debate about renewable energies following the South Australian blackout is a vivid demonstration of how vested interests can act as a barrier to innovation in Australia.

A similar phenomenon can be seen in the construction sector, where there are many vested interests opposing the frustratingly slow adoption of new emerging technologies such as robotics, driverless vehicles and new offsite technologies such as flat pack housing, panel systems, cross laminated timber, pre-fabricated bathroom and kitchen pods and…