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Nishadi Sooriyamudalige 

Member since 2017

PhD student,
School of Engineering and Advanced Technology,
Massey University,
Albany, Auckland 0632

Prefabrication and modular construction is hardly practiced in housing construction in New Zealand. However, it is obvious that the use of fewer types of materials and standardized designs can produce greater savings in cost and time. Thus, prefabricated housing construction can achieve efficiency and cost reduction in terms of housing construction in New Zealand. Even though, most of the building constructions in New Zealand are bespoke, BRANZ (2013) estimated the potential of increasing the prefabrication of standardized or customized components. However, market failures have prevented the uptake of prefabrication in the New Zealand construction sector (BRANZ, 2013).

According to the study, improvements to the process, procurement, benchmarking, and training can achieve the benefits of prefabricated housing construction. Proper supply chain practices in the prefabricated housing construction would increase the efficiency and cost reduction further.

Therefore, my intention is to identify improvements in supply chain management in prefabrication constructions to address housing affordability crisis in New Zealand for my PhD research.

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