PrefabNZ CoLab 2018

PrefabNZ CoLab 2018

PrefabNZ’s CoLab comes at a pivotal time, providing the opportunity to upskill and meet all the right people in a fun, heartfelt environment. It’s an exemplary three days all about increasing construction productivity through innovative prefab and offsite manufacture processes. Together we can advance prefabrication use to meet current housing policy and private building demand.

CoLab 2018 will be in and around Auckland, the heart of the building action.

  • Wed 7 March: CoLab Site Visit Day @ AUT pick-up (9.00am – 5.00pm) FULLY BOOKED
  • Thur 8 March: CoLab Conference Day @ AUT + evening soiree (7.45am – 7.00pm) LIMITED PLACES (New Members welcome - join now)
  • Fri 9 March: CoLab Members’ workshops @ pro clima HUB. AUT pick-up (8.30am – 1.00pm) FULLY BOOKED


Programme: DOWNLOAD the CoLab 2018 DRAFT programme here

CoLab is going to be a sell-out so register now, mark your diary and tell your colleagues!

PrefabNZ is pleased to announce that CoLab 2018 is brought to you by XLam and Carter Holt Harvey WoodProducts, our Platinum Partners. Please see all our other wonderful Partners listed below.

What is CoLab?

CoLab is the fun, interactive and thought-provoking event that places you at the heart of innovative construction. Join specifiers, manufacturers, builders and other construction professionals for site visits, hands-on activities, engaging sessions and provocative conversations that will inspire and invigorate.

  • Exposure to international offsite policy and relevant industry response
  • Information on advanced prefabrication technology, systems and uptake
  • Sharing issues, challenges and lessons learnt for the sector
  • Connecting to people in the know and creating collaboration opportunities
  • Being part of the innovative and burgeoning design and construction industry 
  • Being at the forefront of modern methods of productivity and sustainability

If you have an interest in advancing the design and construction industry in NZ then CoLab is your place. We can't wait to see you there!

PrefabNZ has arranged an impressive team of session leaders, who will open their hearts to share their expertise, giving participants valuable information and tools to advance their prefab business.

Session leaders on 8 March include:

  • Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing + Urban Development & Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building + Construction
  • Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consulting, UK. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become an influential commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues.
  • Prof. James Murray-Parkes,

    Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group,

    Australia and Director of the Advisory Committee for the MCCB, on the development of the Handbook for the Design of Modular Structures and what it means for the industry. He's a great wrangler of modular expertise, he is also an incredible mathematician, structural engineer, guardian of nurturing future talent, designer of everything from world-record-holding motorbike engines to Perth Stadium's incredible '20T on a point-load' structural system.
  • Ms. Leong-Kok Director at Building and Construction Authority, Singapore.
  • Daryl Patterson, Lendlease, Australia. For the past seven years, Daryl has lead operational excellence initiatives for the Lendlease Property business. This work has ranged from the creation of governance models, the establishment of a national procurement function to the creation of the Lendlease Innovation Lab. At present he is involved in a major research initiative with the University of Sydney into advanced manufacturing techniques for multi-storey buildings.
  • Susan Freeman-Greene, Chief Executive, Engineering NZ. Susan became Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand in February 2015. She describes her current role at Engineering New Zealand, with its vision of 'engineering a better life for New Zealanders', as a privilege, a challenge and a fantastic opportunity.
  • Leonie Freeman, was the Chair of the recent Auckland Housing Summit. Leonie will share her comprehensive solution to solve Auckland’s Housing Crisis. PrefabNZ is excited to welcome Leonie Freeman to lead a session at CoLab 2018.
  • Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive, BRANZ Chelydra has been CE of BRANZ since 2013. Prior to starting with BRANZ, Chelydra held a range of leadership roles with science and innovation organisations such as Callaghan Innovation, KiwiStar, Optics and Scion.
  • Ged Finch, Master of Architecture Graduate, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Chris Moller , CMA+U

Session leaders on 9 March, Member-day include:

  • Mark Farmer, Cast Consultancy
  • James Murray-Parkes, Brookfield
  • Leong-Kok Su-Ming, BCA
  • Rosie Toogood, CE of Legal & General Modular Homes, UK -
  • Daryl Patterson, Lend Lease
  • Dave Christensen,

    General Manager Sales + Marketing, CHH WoodProducts

  • Steve Davis, Assemble

  • Louise Swann, The Building Business -

    Compliance: Good Offsite Guide explained

  • Andrew Brooker, HousingNZ - Procurement: Housing NZ’s Modular Panel

  • Dr. Vicente Gonzalez, The University of Auckland - Lean Construction in NZ

  • Ben Rickard, Director, Builtin - Better Finance Tool explained: a new mechanism for financing complete buildings and prefabricated builds
  • Sam Cadden , Director, Logic Group -

    Project Managing multi-unit

  • Sam Archer, Director of Market Transformation, NZGBC Homestar V4, Sustainable ‘green’ buildings

  • More to be announced

Registration investment 2018, All prices include GST. Members rate for Members 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019.

* Not a Member yet? Join PrefabNZ for 2018 and receive the Member rate and attend the Member workshop on Friday 9 March

Earlybird: Member

Nov 1 – Jan 31


Earlybird: Non-member

(2 days only)

Nov 1 – Jan 31


$855 with 10% discount promo code for Cluster Organisation Members

By the way, in case you are not a member yet, why not join?:

Individual membership ($290) + Member Rate ($650) = $940*

Earlybird: Student (ID proof)

Nov 1 – Jan 31


Regular: Member

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Regular: Non-Member

(2 days only)

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Individual membership ($290) + Member Rate ($750) = $1040*


Student (ID proof)

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Past Attendees:

100% attendees would recommend the event to a colleague. They said.. .

"It was great to see so many passionate people wanting to share their knowledge in this sector which has so much potential!"

"Thoroughly enjoyed the conference. Very well put together and possibly the first conference in history where I didn’t yawn once!"

"Most enjoyed meeting people (great people!) and having the opportunity to all sit in a room and talk about doing things better."

"Great networking opportunity. Great way to keep up with what’s progressing (or not) in the industry."

With thanks to our fabulous Power Partners

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XLam / Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts

Questions about CoLab? Contact Alice Boultbee at

If you wish to cancel your registration, a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee, will be given provided you have notified us in writing (by email, letter or fax) at least five working days before the start of the event. If less than five business days’ notice of cancellation is given then we regret that a refund cannot be given. Please see full Event terms and Conditions here

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