Everything you need to know about DfMA, designing for prefabrication

Everything you need to know about DfMA, designing for prefabrication

We're chatting with Johann Betz, Founder and Principal of Offsite Design

DfMA and Designing for Prefabrication

Efficient prefabrication and offsite construction are dependent on some key design decisions early on. Understanding the constraints and opportunities for a range of prefabricated components and systems is an exciting challenge, opening possibilities for designers and developers. This webinar introduces prefabricated timber systems and good DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) practices that enable the seamless integration of timber systems into your design.

The speakers from Offsite Design have European background in timber engineering, prefabrication, and construction. They have worked in the timber design and construction space in New Zealand for over a decade and are helping local companies to get into quality prefabrication processes and projects.

An easy to digest 15-minute presentation followed by a 25-minute opportunity to pose questions to our topic expert.

ADNZ, NZIQS and RAB CPD points are available to:

  • Registrants who watch the live webinar or
  • Absentee registrants who watch the replay within one week after the live webinar.

About Johann

Johann Betz has a degree in timber structure engineering, design, and prefabrication from Rosenheim University in Germany. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in wood technology focusing on the industrial engineering and optimisation of timber prefab operations.
In New Zealand Johann has worked as structural timber engineer and has advised a number of start-up and established companies on their prefab systems and prefab factory operations. His unique background combines structural timber engineering and design expertise with practical and theoretical experience on how to prefabricate in a factory.

Johann is Founder and Principal of Offsite Design Ltd (, a consultancy providing design and engineering services supporting the delivery of prefabricated timber buildings.


For this fortnightly Innovation Bites webinar series, we find epic people to chat with, to spur inspiration, express innovative ideas, create new ones, enable growth and help in the uptake of innovation in construction.

PRICING: $25 for non-members, free for PrefabNZ Members

PrefabNZ and prefabAUS Members register here

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