NZWood Guide: Designing for prefabrication

Please provide comment by Friday 19th April 2019 to Andy Van Houtte email:

The NZ Wood Guidelines "Designing for Prefabrication" are now available for Industry comment until the 19th April 2019. Please download your copy by following the link below.
Any comments can be forwarded by email to and will be reviewed by the NZ Wood Design Guide Steering committee.

The guidelines are available in their final form from May 2019. Soft copies will be available for download from, alternatively hardcopies can be requested by emailing (cost TBC).

  • Download the NZWood Guide: Designing for prefabrication here
  • Watch the introduction video here
  • Watch the Innovation Bites webinar with Johann Betz on Designing for prefabrication here


The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) in conjunction with BRANZ, Timber Industry Federation (TIF), Timber Design Society (TDS), Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA), Scion and Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) represents the majority of New Zealand’s timber technical literature development. These organisations have grouped their resources to produce a comprehensive series of “One-Stop-Shop” Timber Design Guides to support the uptake of timber products in the construction industry.

The NZ Wood Design Guide project comes at a time when timber construction is pushing into commercial and multi-story buildings, as preferred material for prefabrication, seismic resilience properties, with strong environmental credentials and new construction techniques. It is an exciting time for timber with a lot of work yet to be done to realize the full potential of man’s oldest modern building material. The NZ Wood Design Guides project looks to provide a targeted suite of design guides to developers, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, building consent officials and other professionals to enable the uptake of the new breed of engineered wood products and timber systems.

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