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.
13 December 2016
CoLab 2017 Early-bird tickets on sale now
Drum roll please... CoLab 2017 is coming to Auckland, 21 - 22 March 2017. Interactive, Fun, Thought Provoking. CoLab is THE prefab event of the year.
7 December 2016
Tall timber buildings - high aspirations for Tall Wood
"Tall Wood is a new kind of company - Tall Wood thinks about buildings as products." says Daiman Otto, PrefabNZ Board member and Director of Tall Wood. "We all know building could be better. But it's not just the buildings themselves - how we design, collaborate and construct the built environment could be dramatically different." Tall Wood is a deep-thinking technology business committed to delivering future-proofed buildings now. The expert team creates a product prescription for the project - and then back themselves to deliver it.
5 December 2016
Prefabricated LVL Modules for TCC Floors
Timber Concrete Composite (TCC) floors represent a move to optimise the advantages of both Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams and a concrete screed/slab, combined using defined connection methods to provide composite action.
29 November 2016
Helena Lidelöw from Luleå University of Technology confirmed as keynote international speaker at CoLab 2017
PrefabNZ looks forward to welcoming Helena Lidelöw from Luleå University of Technology as our first confirmed key note speaker at CoLab 2017. Helena's topic is Industrialized construction in Sweden – from single-family homes to multi-family buildings.
3 November 2016
The Value in Breaking Things
Breaking things to save money may sound counter intuitive. But that’s exactly what the team at Holmes Solutions do on a daily basis. It’s a process they call evidence based design, and manufacturers of prefabricated systems are uniquely placed to take advantage of the benefits.
1 November 2016
Click-Raft: Clever Affordable Building
Did you see the Click-Raft structure for the Kapiti beach on Grand Designs NZ? We're delighted to have one available and for sale at a reduced price.
31 October 2016
Built Offsite magazine
Built Offsite – a new publication dedicated to offsite construction from PrefabAUS.
6 October 2016
New Platinum Partnership with XLam
We're thrilled that XLam, supplier of engineered timber, has come on board as a Platinum partner of PrefabNZ!
5 October 2016
Best Practice Building Education
Do you work in residential construction? Are you based in North Auckland or South Waikato? Free build quality education on-site sessions are available.
4 October 2016
Stanley Construction deliver prefab solution for Housing NZ
PrefabNZ Member Stanley Construction recently completed a project for the Housing NZ RightSize project: providing the right sized homes in the right places.
28 September 2016
Better finance of offsite construction
Traditional mortgage structures cause many issues for prebuilt construction. This month we met with Members and financial representatives to explore the issues and potential ways forward.
7 September 2016
Builder-by-day, rock star-drummer at night
How can we encourage women into the construction industry? Careers NZ is trying to help address stereotypes via their Oompher channel.
5 September 2016
Success in the Den
Our new PrefabNZ Board Member, Lauren Christie from Insiteful, recently put her pitch into practice at a 'Dragons Den-esque' evening held by New Zealand Software Association.
1 September 2016
What Will Make You Change to Bigger Building Chunks?
Pamela Bell, PrefabNZ CEO, asks if you're ready for change in the lastest Detailed eboss blog.
5 July 2016
Government announcement for 140 modular homes
It's a big news week for PrefabNZ with the government announcement to procure up to 140 one and two bedroom homes for land in South Auckland. See information about the announcement and how to join the panel of providers here.
8 June 2016
When did disruption become a good thing?
BRANZ's research project on barriers to disruptive innovation is now complete. Find out about the seven new business models emerging globally in the construction sector.
11 May 2016
Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting
PrefabNZ invites you to attend our 2016 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28 June in Christchurch.
9 May 2016
Emerging Talent finalist at NYCxDESIGN Awards
The Plato interactive element at CoLab has made it to the finals of NYCxDESIGN Awards in New York.
9 May 2016
The Auckland Cluster draws a large crowd
Last week's Cluster event in Auckland had a great variety of presentations, catch up on the presentations.
15 April 2016
The UNIpod prototype is launched at CoLab
Drum roll please... Deputy Mayor of Auckland Penny Hulse launched the UNIpod prototype at PrefabNZ's CoLab 2016 conference.
14 April 2016
A new approach to affordable housing
Click-Raft provides a low-cost, high-quality, rapid-assembly, flexible live/work environments... and it's won sustainability awards.
11 April 2016
HIVE commemorative book is launched
New Zealand's first Home Innovation Village - experience each of the houses through case studies, from the architectural award-winning to the ultra-sustainable.
4 April 2016
Prefab’s time has come…
This week PrefabNZ launches the UNIpod – a tool towards quality intensification in Auckland.
4 March 2016
Light Gauge Steel award-winning apartments continue Petone trend
Aurora apartments designed by Coast Edge Architecture and constructed by LGSC Ltd was the national winner in the recent ADNZ architecture awards in the Residential Multi-unit Dwelling category.