19 March 2017
Maximising your Membership return
As Membership renewal time comes, you may be wondering how to Maximise your PrefabNZ Membership return... READ MORE
14 March 2017
logs4jobs launch at CoLab 2017
BCITO and Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts get behind the logs4jobs drive to encourage more women in to high skilled timber industry roles and launch the video at CoLab 2017.
10 March 2017
logs4jobs - filling the skilled worker shortage
“Women are the answer to New Zealand’s skilled worker shortage.” Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ.
7 March 2017
Dr Ljudmila Koprivec to present at CoLab: BIM - a positive change to construction
Dr Koprivec will present at CoLab on her professional experiences in applying BIM to prefabricated building and discuss future BIM processes.
7 March 2017
Two more site visits confirmed for CoLab
6 March 2017
Site visit to Unitec Student Hub - largest development in inner Auckland
During CoLab's site day, we'll visit Unitec's new Student Hub,, which features a Timberlab Glulam diagonal timber grid supporting a new high-level 65m x 35m roof.
6 March 2017
Builtin - finding a solution to financing prefab at CoLab
Financing for prefabrication, especially for first-time buyers has been in the news recently. Jim Rickard, owner and Director of Builtin is able to discuss some options.
6 March 2017
CADPRO Systems to demonstrate Virtual Reality at CoLab
Peter Crawley of CADPRO systems will be explaining how to use VR to Engage prospective clients on a whole new level at CoLab conference. Early acceptance has benefits!
3 March 2017
XLam's growth into Australia brings jobs, innovative technology and customer solutions
CLT - what the world is going crazy for right now...As Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) increasingly excites town planners, designers, architects, builders and environmentalists alike, XLam’s growth strategy into Australia brings regional jobs, innovative technology and comprehensive customer solutions.
1 March 2017
Site visit to Vistalite - high tech, large scale prefab in action
As one of the country’s largest fabrication floors, Vistalite's CNC machining centre and assembly line demonstrates large scale offsite manufacturing in action. The site tour will provide a fantastic insight into the technology upgrade sweeping through the Fletchers Window + Door Systems network as a result of the Smartfit innovation.
27 February 2017
Simon Waldren, Founder of Apex Wiring Solutions to speak at CoLab 2017
Simon Waldren is the Founder of Apex Wiring Solutions in New Zealand and Australia. Simon has worked in the Apex Group for over 20 years; Simon will be presenting at CoLab17 to the like minded members and collaborators; considering the way of the future in prefab construction and how modular wiring and systems have been accepted among some forward thinking businesses within New Zealand.
27 February 2017
Rob Tierney - 'Compliance Jedi' to present at CoLab 2017
Rob Tierney, the ‘Compliance Jedi’ is the founder of Holmes Farsight, who have established themselves as the industry’s leader in regulatory compliance guidance. Holmes Farsight’s mission statement is ‘compliance simplified’. Rob's title: Is compliance stifling innovation in NZ?
23 February 2017
Gary Caulfied, CEO of XLam to speak at CoLab
Gary Caulfield, CEO of XLam NZ and Pty is presenting at CoLab 2017: CLT - what the world is going crazy for right now. Gary has over 30 years experience in the commercial construction industry, across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. The last 12 having been based in New Zealand working within the pre-fabrication sector. Past Chair of PrefabNZ, Gary has been involved in the majority of NZ’s pre-fabrication projects.... READ MORE
22 February 2017
Sustainable Coastlines's Flagship - "The involvement of prisoners in the project can be transformative"
"The involvement of prisoners in the project can be transformative" Says Sam Judd, founder of Sustainable Coastlines “Just being a part of something, I’m rapt eh? I’ve never really given back to the community, I’ve just done bad really, so this is a step in the right direction.” - John, an inmate at Paremoremo, says working with his hands and learning new skills will help him reestablish his life after jail and he’s putting something back - assisting the building of Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Education Centre. READ MORE... .
15 February 2017
PrefabNZ’s top 17 questions for 2017
Here are 17 questions you’ve always wanted to ask about New Zealand’s built environment in 2017 – from the macro to the micro. Get in touch with PrefabNZ, as the voice of innovation in the built environment, to know more about how to get involved…
14 February 2017
John Lucchetti, Principal at Wood & Grieve Engineers and Chair of the Modular Construction Codes Board to speak at CoLab 2017
John Lucchetti is a Principal at Wood & Grieve Engineers and a Director of PrefabAUS Board. John is the Chair of the Modular Construction Codes Board advisory committee and is here to focusing on Regulation with the new modular codes development in Australia.
13 February 2017
'Disruptive' report duo confirmed as CoLab keynote speakers
Melissa Clark-Reynolds and Dr Antony Pelosi are THE disruption duo and they are confirmed to speak at CoLab to wake things up a bit. Read more..
13 February 2017
Hold on to your bits: Dermott McMeel confirmed for CoLab 2017
Hold on to your bits: : Data, Robots and Disruption in Design and Construction. Dermott McMeel, confirmed for Colab. Dermott McMeel is a lecturer and researcher in Design and Digital Media at the University of Auckland. He has sustained a critical inquiry into how architecture, public space and design processes are influenced by communication technology. Read more...
7 February 2017
Dr Don Elder confirmed as CoLab keynote speaker
Dr Don Elder, Chair and CEO of Spanbild Holdings is joining us as the second keynote speaker for CoLab 2017. He has a BE from the University of Canterbury and PhD from Oxford University, and worked around the world for 15 years in engineering and leadership roles before returning to Christchurch. Don will be delving into Getting it Right: components, panels, pods and relocatables – the learning from 48 years of pre-site manufacturing at Spanbild vs an emerging year of sharp shocks at Concision and CCL.
6 February 2017
Chris Hartshorn of Callaghan Innovation confirmed presenter for CoLab
Dr Chris Hartshorn is the Chief Technology Officer for Callaghan Innovation. In this role, Chris directs Callaghan Innovation’s diverse Research and Technology Services teams across New Zealand, both serving the needs of companies in New Zealand today, and investing in capabilities that New Zealand companies will need in the future.
31 January 2017
CoLab 2017 Earlybird extended
Exciting Announcement - after many requests we're extending the earlybird tickets for ten more days - until Friday 10 February. A great reason to check out the programme and Register NOW... CoLab 2017 is coming to Auckland, 21 - 22 March 2017. Interactive, Fun, Thought Provoking. CoLab is THE prefab event of the year.
28 January 2017
Site visit to multi award-winning architects SGA's new building
Strachan Group Architects - the multi award-winning SGA, recently celebrated the opening of their new building housing SGA Architects, SGLA Landscape Architects, Crate Building + Innovation and the very exciting SGA Workshop. They have kindly agreed to open their doors to us for the CoLab site visit day. Here we get a taste of what we'll experience.
28 January 2017
Pryda ‘floors’ construction industry with innovation that slashes build times
Pryda’s innovative prefabricated floor cassettes combine all the elements of a flooring system – floor trusses, strong backs and particle board flooring – into a number of large but manageable floor panels. The floor cassettes can be up to 10 metres in length and designed to incorporate set downs to accommodate wet areas and balconies. The floor truss joists ensure services and ducting is easily run through the webs without any need for cutting or notching. Prefabricated end types ensure the cassettes slot into place without the need for onsite modification.
26 January 2017
The CoLab programme has been revealed
Here it is, what you've been waiting for - the first look at PrefabNZ's CoLab conference Programme, with the speakers, workshops, hosts, presenters, site visits and VIPs announced.
12 January 2017
FREE Student double pass give-away for CoLab 21 - 22 March
Who doesn't like free things? PrefabNZ has two student double passes & invites to VIP drinks for CoLAB 21 - 22 March. Read on to find out more...
10 January 2017
PrefabNZ's Pamela Bell's top sixteen from 2016
PrefabNZ’s Pamela Bell shares her super-sixteen-sum-up of 2016, no bias of course. READ MORE...
9 January 2017
Introducing Altus – Innovative Products for a Better New Zealand
Competition heats up in the NZ aluminum design and manufacturing industry as two leading companies join forces. Altus is a new joint venture between Fletcher Aluminium and NALCO. They have a vision to deliver best in class innovation and outstanding service to their customers.
6 January 2017
World first modular construction code launched in Australia
What does it tell you about the future of the construction industry when three of the world’s biggest contractors collaborate on a new code? Put simply, this industry is about to change in a big way, and the future involves a lot more off-site construction. The code is an informative guideline for building using off-site construction techniques - whether they be component, panel or volumetric. Tim Porter (Project Director at Holmes Solutions, and Co-chair of PrefabNZ) was invited to the launch and shares his notes...
6 January 2017
Click-Raft system ready for orders
"Affordable housing is such a tough nut to crack, so its really satisfying to be tackling it head on with a great team, to build a new approach" says Chris Moller, PrefabNZ board member and one of our founders. Chris is now a household name due to his role presenting Grand Designs NZ. In Series two his Click-Raft system was featured in the 'Stilt House' bach. In partnership with Makers Fabrication at their Gracefield factory, they now ready for orders, Chris tells us more.
1 January 2017
Increasing and aging population - problem or opportunity?
By 2030, New Zealand’s social + built environment will change in dramatic ways. Our population is increasing and aging an additional 75,000 social + retirement housing units will be needed, there is a projected shortfall of 18,000 homes. Whilst this is a problem for our nation, it is also presents an opportunity: for prefabrication to come to the forefront and deliver affordable, high-quality housing utilizing innovative technology.