PrefabNZ CoLab 2019

PrefabNZ CoLab 2019

What is CoLab? | Where & When | Day 1: Site visits | Day 2: Session Leaders | Day 3: Members Day | How much? | CPD Points | Questions | Partners | Book Now | Full Program Download

PrefabNZ’s CoLab 2019 is SOLD OUT

All our hard work is coming to fruition. We have just completed our most successful annual PrefabNZ CoLab event yet with ‘SNUG street of homes’ and ‘HOW to prefab case studies’ launches. And hey look at these numbers! A whopping 21 new members signed up after attending CoLab. A massive 145 industry folks attended Day One site visit, and an amazing 270 attended Day Two and had 18 session leaders. While Day Three inspired 164 folks to attend Members Day, along with 15 session leaders. No wonder the PrefabNZ team haven't stopped smiling!

  • Full program out now - download here

This event comes at a pivotal time, providing you with a great opportunity to up-skill and meet all the right innovative construction people in a fun, heartfelt environment. It’s an exemplary three days of site visits, indoor presentations and table-top discussions - 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. Thanks to all our amazing Partners that assist in delivering such a fun, inspiring and interactive event!

Watch our 2 min CoLab 2018 highlights reel below!

Where and When

CoLab 2019 is in Auckland, the heart of NZ's housing crisis and the building action.

  • Wed 13 March: CoLab Site Visit Day @ CBD or Airport pick-up (9.00am – 8.00pm)
  • Thur 14 March: CoLab Conference Day @ Ellerslie Event Centre + evening soiree (7.45am – 7.00pm)
    Come dressed for a casual day at the races!
  • Fri 15 March: CoLab Members’ Day and workshops @ pro clima HUB. (8.30am – 5.00pm)

RAB CPD Points available

1 day (14 March) - 50 points
2 days (13-14 March) - 80 points
3 days (13-15 March) - 100 points

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 is arranging an impressive team of onshore and offshore session leaders, who will open their hearts to share their expertise, giving participants valuable information and tools to advance their prefab business.

Download the full program here

Day 1: Site visits 13 March

CoLab 2019 site visit day will feature something for everyone, this includes:

- detached residential, multi-unit residential, commercial and manufacturing

- timber, concrete and steel prefabrication techniques

- component, panel and pod offsite manufacturing typologies

- projects in production, assembly and completion phases

Day 2: Session Leaders on 14 March

Hon Phil Twyford (Minister Housing + Urban Development / NZ) on the More Efficient Consenting (for OSM) programme, KiwiBuild and integrated strategies for Skills + Regional Economic Development. Read here
Hon Jenny Salesa (Minister Building + Construction / NZ). Read here
James Murray-Parkes (Brookfield Scientific Solution Group / Australia) on ‘how to design a building’ using fundamental principles of physics that reduce excess material and cost. Read here

Lucy Black (Construction Scotland Innovation Centre) on Scotland's government’s innovation investment and collaboration between universities and regional economic development agencies. Read here Craig Chatman (ARKit) on bespoke architectural prefabrication – from educational facilities to residential projects Read here
Joyce Ferng (prefabAUS / Aecom) on Aecom’s international offsite construction strategy and work from the UK to Australia / NZ, and on prefabAUS. Read here
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Warwick Quinn (BCITO)on the baseline of carpentry needed for a micro-credentials qualification programme. Read here
Fiona Kingsford (Competenz) on the manufacturing focus needed in a combined skills programme for prefabrication. Read here Patrick Dougherty (Housing New Zealand) on Housing New Zealand’s new way of working with the construction sector to deliver an unprecedented number of homes over the next 20 years.

Jo Duggan (NZGBC). Read here
Simon Waldren (Apex Wiring Solutions) on the importance of a fully integrated plan and design to build modular/prefab - Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing. Read here
Anna Butler (MBIE) on MBIE’s work-plan for improving consenting, risk allocation, guarantee + insurance products, and the new charter between government and industry. Read here
Mark Farmer (Cast Consultancy, UK) on their national work programme for bank finance + insurance. Read here Andrew Eagles (NZGBC) on how New Zealands largest developers are using Homestar and how you can guarantee your homeowners healthier warmer homes Read here
Ben Rickard (Builtin) on updates on bank finance. Read here
Daniel O'Donaghue (Conqa) on how Quality & Compliance at volume are using technology to meet demand. Read here
Ian McCormick (Auckland Council) on enabling modular housing solutions. Read here
Loveleen Singh (Westpac) on a program to assist homebuyers to fund their prefab home while under construction. And the key elements of how they partner with retail customers and builders.

Mark Fraser (HLC) on how Homes Land Communities are assisting delivery. Read here

Day 3: Members Day on 15 March

Members Morning

Future focus presentations (9.30 – 10.30am) : more session leaders to be announced

  • Phil Williams, Centrality
  • Daniel O’Donaghue, ConQA
  • Lucy Black, CS-IS
  • James Murray-Parkes, Brookfield
  • Joyce Ferng, AECOM
  • Craig Chatman, ARKit
  • Seth Campbell, MBIE
  • Jock Hyde, Auckland Council
  • Sam Archer, NZGBC
  • Ben Rickard, Builtin
  • Simon Waldren, Apex Wiring Solutions
  • Phil Williams, Centrality
  • Daniel O’Donaghue, ConQA
  • Andrew Booker & Jonathan Witts, HNZC

Afternoon Workshop

For CoLab 2019 we will extend our Members Day to include an afternoon workshop run by James Murray-Parkes. You will be able to register for this workshop as a separate session and at no extra charge.

Innovative thinking is crucial to the continuing success of any industry. Rather than being pre-emptive and just thinking "outside of the box", why not go to the point of induction, and reverse engineer how this "box" is constructed? What issues does this box have? How can it be improved?

By using this approach, areas that need improvement/development will be identified and as a byproduct, innovative game-changing ideas and solutions will start to appear and evolve. This workshop will demonstrate Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group's (BSSG) approach to innovative thinking as well as unveil a byproduct of this approach, BohrHaus, which was conceived as a lightweight, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and modular solution for rapid construction of new buildings anywhere in the world.

  • How to encourage "outside of the box" thinking
  • The process of calculating, quantifying and proving an innovation
  • How to legally protect intellectual property and effectively communicate an innovative design idea

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How much?

2 day rate: PrefabNZ Members $800 | Non-Members $1100

1 day rate for Day 2: $400

All prices include GST. Members* rate for Members 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020.

*Not a Member yet? Join PrefabNZ for 2019 and receive the discounted Members rate and attend the Member Morning on Friday 15 March.

RAB CPD Points

1 day (14 March) - 50 | 2 Days - 80 | 3 Days - 100


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