The heart of innovative construction in New Zealand.

What is PrefabNZ?

PrefabNZ is a non-profit membership organisation that informs, educates and advocates for innovation and excellence in offsite design and construction in New Zealand. Our Members are at the heart of everything we do.

We are passionate about how prefabrication and new technologies can achieve a better built environment - higher quality, smarter, greener, safer, faster, more innovative and efficient building solutions. Our mission is to increase the uptake of innovative prebuilt construction to 40%* by cost by 2020.

Interested in joining PrefabNZ? Find out more here.
*Benchmark: 17% in 2010. Source: BRANZ.

What is prefab?

Prefab is short for prefabrication. It refers to any part of a building that is made away from the final building site. It can also be referred to as prebuilt or offsite construction.

Used since pre-colonial times, when raupo was bundled into wall panels at the edges of wetlands, prefab is a complimentary system to traditional construction.

Prefab comes in all shapes and sizes, from small components, to two-dimensional panels, three-dimensional volumes/modules, a hybrid of several systems or a complete building. It can be made up of any material, from timber, to concrete, metal, plastic or a combination.

Prefab Types_web.jpg

For example, your home may have pre-nailed roof trusses and wall frames, your bach may have started as a transportable building or your workplace may use precast concrete elements.

Why is prefab important?

Prefab Roadmap March 2013_front page.jpgInternational reports have extolled prefab's virtues as a valuable part of the built environment, yet there has not been a subsequent uptake by the design and construction industry in New Zealand.

The Prefab Roadmap for New Zealand draws from a rich and lengthy historical context, to formulate a contemporary vision to increase the quality of prefabricated output and grow customer value. This vision is based on identifying key challenges holding the industry back, the resulting actions needed and the relevant outcomes and outputs needed to achieve the actions.

Outcomes and outputs are wide-ranging. Find out more - download the Prefab Roadmap For New Zealand here. Or cut to the chase and download a one-page Roadmap Summary here.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news by signing up to our monthly e-newsletter here.

Back to top