PrefabNZ CoLab programme revealed

PrefabNZ CoLab programme is revealed

The highly anticipated programme for PrefabNZ's CoLab has been released. CoLab is an exemplary three days for increasing construction productivity through innovative prefab and offsite processes, with international experts and local legends who care about changing the construction industry. Everyone is invited to join in! CoLab, 7 - 9 March, Auckland, comes at a pivotal time, providing the opportunity to upskill and meet all the right people in a fun, collaborative environment.

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 (8.30am – 7.00pm)
  • Fri 9 March: CoLab Members’ workshops @ pro clima HUB. AUT pick-up (8.30am – 1.00pm) (New Members welcome - join now)

SITE VISIT DAY FULL- Limited places available for 8 + 9 March BOOK NOW

Programme: DOWNLOAD the CoLab 2018 DRAFT programme here

PrefabNZ has arranged an impressive team of session leaders, who care about NZ's construction industry. They will open their hearts to share their expertise, giving participants valuable information and tools to advance prefab in NZ.

updated 13 February 2018

Day 1: Wed 7 March, CoLab Site Visit Day (9.00am – 5.00pm) from AUT, Mayoral Drive





Registration at AUT

Please remember to bring a hard hat, a high-vis vest, safety glasses and wear closed-toe shoes

Pamela Bell, Alice Boultbee, Paula MacLachan, Jess Corbett + Olly Townend (PrefabNZ)


Buses will leave promptly

NB: Airport pick-up tbc

PrefabNZ Board Members and Staff as bus leads

Site visit locations and schedule to be confirmed

Multi-unit residential:

The Grounds, Hobsonville Point

Tall Wood

Social / Affordable residential:

Otara or Weymouth Housing

Brought to you by XLam

Housing NZ, XLam


Kauri Flats School

Brought to you by Abodo + ZCAP

Abodo, ZCAP


70 Sale St

ConcreteNZ tbc

Single family home tbc:

Craig Wilson’s house in Grey Lynn tbc

TOA Architects, XLam tbc

OR Manufacturing facility:

Box Living or yachting tbc



Close - buses drop off in CBD locations

Day 2: Thurs 8 March, CoLab Conference Day (8.00am – 7.00pm) at AUT, Mayoral Drive





Registration at AUT

Pamela Bell, Alice Boultbee, Paula MacLachan, Jess Corbett + Olly Townend (PrefabNZ)


Welcome to CoLab 2018 + Launch ‘PrefabNZ Capacity Report’

Lauren Christie, PrefabNZ Board Chair


Opening address: Ministers’ messages for prefabrication sector

Hon. Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, and

Hon. Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building and Construction


Our economic context: a focus on answers for New Zealand

Brought to you by Resene tbc

Shamubeel Eaqub,Sense. Partners


Our housing context: a focus on answers for Auckland

Leonie Freeman,

with Daiman Otto, PrefabNZ Board Member and TallWood CEO


Table Interactive: brought to you by Flexo

James Stolten, Flexo


Morning Tea – Flexo video


Launch ‘PrefabNZ Good Offsite Guide’ – clarifying consenting guidance for prefabrication in NZ

Tim Porter, PrefabNZ Board Deputy Chair


Modular Design Handbook – a multi-disciplinary approach

Brought to you by ITW tbc

With Brookfield

Prof. James Murray-Parkes, Science and Engineering Director, Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group, Australia


Modernise or Die - lessons from UK policy and industry

Brought to you by the Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA), a BRANZ transformation initiative

Mark Farmer,CEO Cast Consulting, UK


Lunch – Logs4jobs video


Watch #InclusionstartswithI

Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ


Diversity A[Gender] – leading a movement for change

Susan Freeman-Greene, CEO Engineering NZ


Working at scale with Build-to-Rent – an Australian perspective

Brought to you by Altus tbc

Daryl Patterson, Lend Lease / Design Make, Australia


Singapore’s initiatives in construction productivity – learning from a nation moving ahead with offsite

Brought to you by Spanbild Projects tbc

Ms Su-Ming Leong-Kok, Deputy Group Director Construction Productivity & Quality Group, Building and Construction Authority, Singapore


Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA) – an update on the ITA initiative by BRANZ

Chelydra Percy, CEO, BRANZ


Afternoon tea


Launch PrefabNZ Better Finance Tools

Leah Singer, PrefabNZ Board Member

With Ben Rickard, Builtin


Attitudes to Mass Timber Construction (MTC) – academia + industry working together to bring you results

Brought to you by XLam

Dr Paul Kremer, XLam


Next-gen quick-fire session

Research, innovation and exciting new developments from university representatives around NZ + Australia

·Ged Finch, Victoria University of Wellington

·Robyn Phipps, Massey University (Albany) tbc

·Denise Riini, Toi Ohomai (Rotorua) tbc

·John Tookey, AUT / NSC11 SRA6

·David Chandler, University of Western Sydney

·Kevin Sweet, Victoria University of Wellington

Brought to you by W+R Jack tbc

Host: Guy Marriage, PrefabNZ Board Member, Senior Lecturer Victoria University of Wellington



Flexo interactive results

Chris Moller, PrefabNZ Board Member, Founding Board Member and Grand Design NZ host


Conference Soiree +

Launch PrefabNZ SNUG Design Competition

Tommy Honey, Architectural commentator and former RadioNZ ‘nine-to-noon’ contributor



Day 3: Friday 9 March, CoLab Members’ workshops (8.30am-1pm) from AUT, Mayoral Drive, at pro clima HUB, 63 Hugo Hohnston Drive, Penrose

Please note: PrefabNZ Members only





Buses leave promptly from AUT, Mayoral Drive

Pamela Bell, Alice Boultbee, Paula MacLachan, Jess Corbett + Olly Townend (PrefabNZ)


Welcome 2018: Our biggest year yet – discussing PrefabNZ’s advocacy role

Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ


Offsite manufacturing at scale for UK Build-to-Rent sector

Brought to you by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

Rosie Toogood, CEO Legal & General Modular Homes, United Kingdom


Case study: Simon’s House – engineered timber and compliance

Brought to you by Carter Holt Harvey WoodProducts

David Christensen, General Manager Sales + Marketing, CHH WoodProducts


Morning Tea with pro clima demonstration


World café round-table conversations + interactives:

·Keynote conversation – Mark Farmer, Cast Consultancy

·Keynote conversation – James Murray-Parkes, Brookfield

·Keynote conversation – Daryl Patterson, Lend Lease

·Keynote conversation – Su-Ming Leong-Kok, BCA

·Better Finance Tools explained – Ben Rickard, Builtin

·Technology: BIM 101 and beyond – Steve Davis, Assemble

·Project Managing multi-unit – Sam Cadden, Logic Group

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

·Lean Construction principles – Vincente Gonzalez, LCI

·Procurement: Retirement village opportunities – John Collyns, RVA

·Developing products for market – Arron Judson, SCION tbc

·Procurement: Housing NZ’s Modular Panel – Andrew Booker, HNZC

·Procurement: Community housing collaborations – CHA tbc

·Compliance: Good Offsite Guide explained – Louise Swann / John Gardiner tbc

Host: Pamela Bell with PrefabNZ Board and Staff Members

Table conversations are 15 minutes each – participants visit tables according to personal interest areas


Reflections + Wrap-up


Takeaway Lunch


Buses to Airport and CBD

What to bring:

·An open mind, questions, comments and eagerness to engage!

·A high-vis jacket, hard hat, closed-toe shoes and safety glasses for the site visits

General Information

Fire and Emergency Excavation Procedures – to follow

Health and Safety

We are required to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

CoLab contact:

Alice Boultbee

Membership and Communications Manager / 0212920947

CoLab is the anticipated annual conference of PrefabNZ, its THE prefab and offsite event at the heart of innovative construction #CoLab2018, 7 - 9 March, Auckland. More information on session leaders, programme, site visits and registration click here.

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