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Metra Panel Systems Ltd

Member since 2010

Richard Younger
07 828 2071
15 Tregoweth Lane, Huntly
Metra Panel Systems Ltd

Metra Panel is NZ's long standing '25 year proven' modular panel housing system... for more house and a stronger house for your money - the robust, durable, and energy efficient alternative! The concept of Metra Panel is brilliantly simple; solid walls, floors and ceiling panels pre-cut to simplify and speed up construction.

The Metra Panel System is a house building system based on Metra Panel wall, floor and ceiling panels. The design and construction of the remainder of the building, comprising foundation, flooring, roof, joinery and claddings, is conventional. The Metra Panel System was developed to create a frameless interior system which replaces timber-frame and plaster-board. According to BRANZ, the system is ‘fit-for-purpose’ and will comply with the NZ Building Code.

Currently, one Metra Panel house is completed by an Installer every day, with the capacity to increase to the targeted 1,000. Homes built using the Metra Panel System are constructed by Licensed Installers throughout New Zealand. Metra Panel is a product produced by LaminexNZ. The panel is made from compressed wood fibre derived from plantation pine, and heat compressed with an exclusively formulated resin. The re-manufacturing plant then converts the raw board to preprimed Metra Panel after applying two coats of specially formulated Resene sealant.

Metra Panel's solid 2.45m x 7.35m wood panel means there are fewer sheet joins than would be found under timber-framing and plasterboard systems — the homeowner gets the advantage of smooth, strong and durable walls, resulting in extensive cost maintenance savings over time. Perfect for investment properties, classrooms, retirement villages, housing for the disabled and social housing.

Key Features:

  • BRANZ Appraisal 364 (2015)
  • A plan range that is Lifemark certified and 7/10 Homestar rated
  • Available in 3 sizes 36mm walls, 25mm floors and ceilings and 18mm linings
  • Durabilty and impact resistance, with 640kg/m3 density
  • Level 5 finish with inbuilt insulation
  • Optional added STC ratings
  • Optional added thermal ratings
  • Can achieve a 1S Fire Rating classification for the NZBC and 1 for the NCC upon application of additional specified coatings
  • Metra Panel buildings are suitable for all Wind Zones up to and including Very High
  • Speed of construction by up to 40-60%, perfected 6 week turnaround for an average 160- 180sqm home (based on a team of three)
  • 6% more floor space can be achieved with the same footprint, providing larger rooms or an extra small room like an ensuite, office or walk-in wardrobe
  • Design flexibility for tailoring the design to individual requirements
  • Environmentally conscious recyclable product, with reduced wastage as offcuts can be used for shelving, treds and rises, bath cradles and wardrobe organiser,
  • Energy efficiency provide 28% savings in cooling and 4% saving in heating energy compared to a typical 94mm traditionally framed home In relation to the ‘Preventing Falls from Height’ legislation, Metra Panel provides a safe working ceiling platform, which then remains in place and becomes part of the house. This can be used effectively on either timber-frame or steel-frame housing, and ceiling diaphragms can be up to 12m long

Scope of Use:

  • Metra Panel can be used as a stand-alone product, or complimentary to other systems leveraging a hybrid approach. The system can be used in the following applications:
  • Residential (including a plan range from 55-117m2 smaller scale dwellings to 251m2 for family homes or up to 317m2 for extra spacious living).
  • Transportables (including minor dwellings, baches, traditional farm style cottages, granny flats, classrooms and subdivided properties). A factory built environment can deliver a 153sqm transportable house in 4-6 weeks.
  • Commercial (including internal office fit outs and partitioning, modular components such as bathrooms for high rise structures and purpose built factories, storage units and two storey apartment complexes).
  • Retirement (including individual units, duplexes, multi-storey complexes, communal facilities and hospitals).
  • Education (including classrooms, gymnasium, school facilities and student accommodation).

80 retirement villas constructed with Metra Panel

“We have experienced no problems or damage with villa’s constructed of this material, which has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars saved in unnecessary repair costs when refurbishing villas. We would highly recommend this product to any future purchasers”. Henry Van Dyk, Trust Board Chairman, Rangiura Retirement Village and Home for the Elderly

100 homes and a private hospital constructed with Metra Panel

“The walls have an excellent smooth internal finish and because the walls are 36mm thick it is very difficult to sustain damage and therefore the repair and maintenance of everyday use is minimal. Our residents often comment on how warm the houses are in the winter and cool in the summer. Claire Neshat, Manager, Althorp Village

Metra Panel, is a founding member of PrefabNZ, their mission is; ‘to be respected as an ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as a leader in innovation for the building industry. Proud of being customer driven, Metra Panel are focused on offering a unique efficient panel system solution.

"I have been impressed with the innovative approach Metra Panel has adopted and believe that the system has the potential to dramatically change the way we build in New Zealand, and I believe the Pacific”. Nick Nightingale, Managing Director, Resene.

"With the combined expertise of LaminexNZ manufacturing, and the Metra Panel passion and vision for building construction, this provides New Zealand with an innovative panel construction system perfect for modular homes". Richard Pollington, General Manager, LaminexNZ.

Metra Panel is an alternative construction system that has improved conventional building methods by way of: speed of construction, cost savings and durability. Their proven track record spans the residential, commercial, retirement and educational areas, as well as the social housing sector. With a strong Research and Development Programme alongside Strategic Partners; LaminexNZ, Resene, BRANZ, PrefabNZ, Lifemark, and NZGBC, on board, the system speaks for itself – visit our website to find out more information and understand why ‘once people use Metra Panel – there’s no going back!’

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