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BRANZ is the New Zealand building industry’s centre for science and research.
It is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing services and resources for the building industry. Its work enhances building performance and cost-effectiveness, contributes to the success of the building industry and the wider economy and supports the development of a higher-quality built environment for all New Zealanders.
BRANZ and Prefabrication in the Construction Sector
At the strategic level, BRANZ is working with the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) to improve productivity. Activity is concentrated into four streams, research, skills, procurement, production systems and supply chains.
On the research side, BRANZ is funding university research on construction sector procurement and also working with Scion and a number of industry companies to set up a productivity research consortium – the Construction Productivity Partnership.
BRANZ’s participation in PrefabNZ is part of the production systems and supply chains work stream. There is plenty of evidence from overseas that moving from construction on site to factory fabrication and erection on site decreases costs and increases the quality of the completed buildings. Currently only around 17% of the components going into New Zealand buildings are prefabricated. Thus there is plenty of scope to increase this. BRANZ sees PrefabNZ as providing the ability for the different types of prefabricating companies to network and become aware of each other and each others’ capabilities. This was evident at a Kiwi Prefab Workshop held in February 2010.
PrefabNZ also provides a hub where the construction sector and the public generally can find out about what prefabricated products and skills are available. BRANZ thus sees PrefabNZ as key to increasing the use of prefabricated components in New Zealand buildings, thus increasing industry productivity, decreasing costs and increasing quality.