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News and industry updates

May 2019

  • Intl: Offsite building provider installs eco-building at holiday resort Read here
  • Intl: ADU handbook Read here
  • Intl: Are tiny homes the answer to Utah’s housing shortage? Read here
  • Intl: Workshops to maximise offsite construction for affordable housing Read here
  • Intl: A legal guide to offsite manufacturing Read here
  • Intl: The Evolution of CLT Read here
  • Intl: Japan’s biggest house builder enters UK market with £90m deal Read here
  • Intl: Nokia showcases modular factory concept at Hannover Messe Read here
  • Intl: Designing a better future using modular techniques Read here
  • Flat-packed houses Bunnings sells 50+ houses Read here
  • First modular hotel in New Zealand nears completion in central Christchurch Read here
  • Intl: Studio Bark's modular U-build system lets anyone self-build sustainably Read here
  • 'Eco' label straddles wide gulf from tiny homes to off-grid manors Read here
  • Intl: Mott MacDonald builds schools the modular way Read here
  • XLam announces new business model Read here
  • “XLam closing its NZ operations” Read here
  • Intl: Designing a better future using modular techniques Read here
  • Intl: “IMBY (In My Back Yard) Kit” Read here
  • Intl: Modular prefab Drop Box is a portable habitat for natural locations Read here
  • Intl: Could these tiny homes be the solution to a big problem for many older women? Read here
  • Intl: The Modular Cliff house Read here
  • MBIE Opens Consultation on Building Sector Reforms Read here
  • Innovative Construction: Denmark: Forest Helix Read here
  • Survey reveals red tape is the key issue Read here

April 2019

  • Intl: Modular flats to be craned on to roof of 1930s block Read here
  • Intl: Mayor invests £11m into modular homes for London's homeless - Environment Journal Read here
  • Intl: Planning submitted to develop UK’s largest low-rise modular development Read here
  • Construction Accord: honeyed words or will it bring real change? Read here and read PrefabNZs updates here
  • Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture: Guy Marriage Read here
  • NZ Wood Design Guides Launched! Read here
  • Intl: Minimalist Monocabin is a modular 291 sq. ft. prefab Read here
  • Intl: Marriott to build world's tallest modular hotel in New York Read here
  • Intl: Modular prefab Drop Box is a portable habitat for natural locations Read here
  • Become an approved builder for the Westpac Prebuilt loan Read here
  • Deloitte Insights How leaders are navigating the forth industrial revolution Read here
  • Construction Sector Accord Read here
  • Government and industry sign Construction Accord Read here
  • Intl: Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth Read here
  • Intl: A prefabricated timber facade envelops a gorgeous glass home on a Norwegian island Read here
  • Intl: Prefab house shines in the Chilean woods Read here
  • Architecture Now Review: CoLab 2019 Read here
  • Portable cabins a lifesaver while housing unaffordable for some Read here
  • Prefabrication: Better, cheaper, faster” Read here
  • Intl: BOPAS Briefings presentations, an overview of BOPAS Certification and its role in supporting innovative forms of house-building Read here
  • Intl: Heathrow reveals offsite hub shortlist Read here
  • Intl: Technology Jumpstarts Lean Construction Practices - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • Intl: 6-Dimension BIM and Beyond | From a material supplier’s perspective - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • How the NEC4 suite of contracts can be used to support the use of offsite modular construction. Read here
  • Intl: Off-grid holiday home at Fish Creek is not your typical bach Read here
  • Government moots deal to build up to 300 homes on Wellington's Arlington complex Read here
  • Westpac claims a New Zealand first with a dedicated mortgage product for prefabricated homes Read here
  • Big ideas to tackle the New Zealand housing crisis Read here
  • Constructing our circular economy Read here
  • The past is the new future for housing Read here
  • How BK Gulf Modular Systems is revolutionising the MEP sector in the region Read here
  • Westpac's prefab policy could help cut $50k off the cost of building a house Read here
  • Digitalizing the Construction Industry | Deloitte Insights Read here
  • TEDxWellington 2019 Announced | Speaker & Performer Applications Open Read here
  • 5 Top Trends and Players in Fast-Changing Building Technology - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • New Auckland Council and government working group to address housing and urban growth issues gets ready for action Read here
  • INNOVATION CONSORTIUM SET TO MODERNISE HOW WE BUILD HOMES Read here
  • CSIC RECEIVES ALMOST £11M OF FUNDING TO SUPPORT ‘INNOVATION REVOLUTION’ IN SCOTTISH CONSTRUCTION SECTOR Read here
  • Forestry news, forestry jobs - Friday Offcuts Read here
  • BSRIA report Read here
  • MP’s look into how Modern Methods of Construction boosts housing supply - News from Parliament Read here
  • Ford’s evolving sense of self: An interview with Hau Thai-Tang Read here
  • Building consent forecast Read here

March 2019

  • Abodo Cardrona - Alpine Showroom Showcasing Natural Eco-timbers Read here
  • Bed maker eyes north Waikato for possible factory, affordable housing Read here
  • Peter Lyons: Good data crucial to interpreting housing issue Read here
  • Forestry news, forestry jobs - Friday Offcuts Read here
  • Prefab st. andrews beach house by prebuilt is nestled between the sand dunes of victoria Read here
  • More than 170 apartments developed for long-term Auckland renters Read here
  • Prefabricated Timber Housing in Stockholm by BIG | Archipreneur Read here
  • Modular hotels that follow guests | Springwise Read here
  • Cross Laminated Timber, changing the way we build Read here
  • Designing for access and usability Read here
  • That Sinking Feeling - Blog Productspec Read here
  • Melbourne’s Promised Land - Blog Productspec Read here
  • The City of the Future: Lawns vs Gardens - Blog Productspec Read here
  • Three ways AI and machine learning are making preconstruction easier - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • How do you start designing to change the world? By designing with ambiguity Read here

  • Infrastructure New Zealand - Infrastructure NZ endorses new Infrastructure Commission. Read here

  • Katerra - Katerra Introduces Expansive Suite of New Products at Katerra TAKE OFF. Read here

  • The Rapid Rise of Modular Construction—Are Standardized Facilities Next? Read here

  • Skanska UK plots Ikea modular homes venture. Read here

  • We take a look around L&G’s housing factory. Read here

  • Government announces deal for 10,000 homes on MoD land. Read

  • Drones, reality capture a 'natural fit' for ambitious Mortenson, AECOM project. Read here

  • NYU establishes construction innovation hub. Read here

  • Bigger than tiny, smaller than average. Read

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  • More firms move into modular social housing. Read

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  • Prefab 101: Defining The Many Forms Of Factory-Built Homes. Read

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  • NZ has fewer people than we thought ... so we don't need to build so many houses. Read here

  • $82m slated for regional employment initiative from Provincial Growth Fund

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February 2019

  • BSI & Loughborough University in collaboration with Buildoffsite produce "The Role of Standards in offsite construction" report Read here

  • Greenwich council starts search for offsite homes provider. Read here

  • The McAvoy Group receives BOPAS accreditation for modular housing solution. Read here

  • First Birmingham modular home gets the green light Read here

  • Buildoffsite are currently undertaking a research project for a high profile consortia of HA's & would like to know which UK factories they could potentially work with on their pipeline Read here

  • How offsite is set to revive the ailing house buildng industry. Read here

  • Kitchener Barracks set for modular homes. Read here

  • How modularisation is transforming plant design and build. Read here
  • Could modular building lead to rebirth of small developers. Read here
  • NZQA must urgently bolster vocational training to alleviate skills shortages. Read here

January 2019

  • First modular home gets the green light - Birmingham Updates Read here
  • Meet Charles Ma, the 28-year-old land developer behind a $1 billion Auckland housing project. Read here
  • The Queenstown eco-project selling 'million dollar view' sections for $350k. Read here
  • Nestd | Tiny Homes. Read here
  • Grimshaw designs tiny homes for Australian charity. Read here
  • The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018. Read here
  • The top architectural designs 2018. Read here
  • Human Replacements Incoming: These Robots Out Here Doing Construction. Read here
  • 3D printing to end homelessness. Read here
  • Modular and construction news. Read here
  • The future of construction will be offsite and wood will be an important part of the change. Read here
  • The 100 greatest innovations of 2018. Read here
  • ABODO MPavillion showcase. Read here
  • Visualising science in VR. Read here
  • SGA blog post. Read here
  • Further boost to Hutt housing. Read here
  • Builders beware – robots are on the rise! Read here
  • New process makes bricks from urine. Read here
  • Scale Up New Zeland - Callaghan Innovation. Read here
  • Prefab housing offers architcts exciting new creative challenges. Read here
  • Prefab and any construction ripe for disruption with blockchain. Read here
  • Deal maker of the year: Katerra. Read here
  • Katerra To Design, Build New Legacy Partners-AIG Development With Prefab Components. Read here
  • Procuring Social and Affordable Housing PDF. Read here and watch the video here
  • Forestry news, forestry jobs - Friday Offcuts. Read here
  • Apple’s quiet AI acquisition. Read here
  • Strongbuild-collapse-prefab-industry-needed-to-save-200000-construction-jobs. Read here
  • Tall Timber for Airport Terminals | Blog Productspec. Read here
  • Is 3D printing the solution to the housing crisis. Read here
  • Pure Advantage investigates and promotes green growth in New Zealand. Read here
  • Ten things to look out for in 2019. Read here
  • Toy firm Zuru takes on global housing market. Read here
  • Community Housing project at formmer Wesleyhavan Village. Read here
  • Further boost to Hutt's social housing stock. Read here
  • Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019. Read here
  • Prefab piles in to help KiwiBuild. Read here
  • Getting Ready for Disruption in the Building Sector. Read here

  • Birmingham plans modular housing pilot. Read here

  • New programme boost mid-rise timber construction. Read here
  • Bespoke and broke: Why New Zealanders are overdosing on over-design. Read here
  • Can modular highrises help solve Oakland's housing crunch? - San Francisco Business Times. Read here
  • Entries to the 2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards are now being accepted. Read here
  • An Update on Prefab Perceptions Today. Read here
  • This modular bamboo house can be built in half a day and costs just over $100 per square metre. Read here
  • Housing and Urban Development Authority Important Step. Read here
  • XLam remain committed. Read here
  • What almost everyone is missing about KiwiBuild. Read here
  • Are tall timber buildings the future of construction? Read here
  • Striking apartment building is made up of 140 shipping containers. Read here
  • Can artificial intelligence change construction? Read here
  • Creative videos online and free - from Adobe Max. Read here
  • 3 Ways to Fight Impostor Syndrome. Read here
  • New Zealand has 'productivity disease', says Business Council chair, Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon. Read here
  • Tasmanian Timber James Fitzpatrick Principal v01. Watch here
  • New programme to boost mid-rise timber construction. Read here
  • Digital Suitcase - An educational portfolio that empowers you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to stay ahead in an ever-evolving world. Read here
  • SNUG competition shortlist of 12 tiny Kiwi homes released. Read here
  • ASB makes New Zealand exporting history. Read here
  • Urgent Action to Address Woeful Lack of Board Diversity. Read here

  • Can’t find an affordable home? Try living in a pod. Read here

November 2018

  • Tall Timber: Brisbane Creates World’s Tallest Wooden Building | Blog Productspec. Read here
  • Getting Ready for Disruption in the Building Sector | Blog Productspec. Read here
  • Why a luxury developer is now building affordable prefab homes by famous designers. Read here
  • Offsite Technology – Purely a Disruptor or a Major Progressive Step? Read here
  • Offsite HUB Newsletter updates. Read here
  • Gorgeous images of Gluelam structure in UK. Read here
  • Designed to disrupt: A digital tool for urban regeneration. Read here
  • Largest workplace gender survey shows huge gap at the top. Read here
  • Red Stag to showcase timber construction in new projects. Read here
  • BuiltWorlds: Adoption Leaders 50. Read here
  • How AI and Blockchain will revolutionise housing. Read here
  • Construction Skills Action Plan | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Read here
  • Construction skills plan needs quick start. Read here
  • Action plan will address NZ's 30,000 construction worker shortfall. Read here
  • One year on from Edgecumbe floods. Read here
  • The Industry 4.0 paradox. Read here
  • Side Walk Labs - Urban data.Read here
  • Prefab affordable housing by Bjarke Ingels Group rises in Denmark. Read here
  • TfL appoints modular firm to build 450 homes. Read here
  • Offsite: Mace uses clinical precision on UCLH facade project. Read here
  • Balfour takes modular sky high at The Madison. Read here
  • ITA Newsletter 5. Read here
  • ARKit Eco Studio - Craig Chatman. Read here
  • BIG’s prefab modular residence in Copenhagen is a template for affordable living. Read here
  • Top construction firms to double offsite use in five years. Read here
  • 65 Federal Street winner revealed, PrefabNZ Member Peddle Thorp Read here
  • PrefabNZ Member Isthmus unveils a brand-new design for Rotorua's lakefront. Read here
  • KIwi ingenuity feature in energy awards. Read here
  • FPC initiative aimed at increasing wood resource utilisation. Read here
  • City of the Future is a new podcast from Sidewalk Labs that will explore the innovations, ideas, and technologies that are set to transform our cities. Listen here
  • Expo live, new round of grants open for scoial and environmental innovators. Read here
  • Watch Concision panelised technology. Watch here
  • Watch Fletcher Building builds five houses in five days.Watch here
  • Zuru is using its toy manuufacturing nouse to buid better houses. Read here
  • Offsite issue 13 digital magazine availabel now. Read here
  • Government has announced the final design of its R&D tax incentive scheme. Read here
  • Inside confines Spacetime young artificial intelligence company big plans future. Read here
  • Housing industry fear Amazon. Read here
  • Modular construction a paradigm shift for the construction industry. Read here
  • House of Lords committee help to boost offsite manufacture. Read here
  • Amazon joins forces with plant prefab, a smart housing startup. Read here
  • The Generosity Journal: Unf*ck the world over a cuppa tea. Read here
  • What is the true meaning of DfMA? Read here
  • WoodSolutions Timber Talks. Listen here
  • SMART50 Cottage Build video. Watch here
  • Forget sustainability and trust, you will get that in a box for "free" from Google Sidewalks Lab. Read here
  • Mid-career breaks, surviving and thriving. Read here
  • Sarah Lang Women of influence diversity award winner. Read here
  • Designs revealed for ICD competition - featuring PrefabNZ Member Warren & Mahoney. Read here
  • Wood is Good. City of the Future podcast. Read here
  • Creating good jobs in the age of artificial intelligence. Read here
  • Built Worlds Insights, Venture in the Built World report. Read here
  • Low emission economy final report. Read here
  • It's accessibility month at Sidewalks. Read here

September 2018

  • A suite of planning and design innovations are aiming to keep families comfortable downtown. Read here
  • Katerra excited about disrupting Middle East construction. Read here
  • Katerra | Phoenix Component Factory Video. View here
  • Lower long-term rates predicted. Read here
  • Boom in hotel construction to continue. Read here
  • Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has passed its third reading. Read here
  • New infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth and wellbeing. Read here
  • NZIOB Award recipients Emma Fell and Mikayla Heesterman - PrefabNZ proudly profiled these students work at 2018 BuildNZ. Read here
  • 2D design is dead, long live VR and AR, says PrefabNZ Member Context Architects. Read here
  • ‘A mammoth effort’: Naenae Bowling Club by PrefabNZ Member Tennent Brown Architects. Read here
  • South Waikato Solution for large-scale manufacturing. Read here
  • Speedfloor contributes to car park system. Read here
  • Introducing the SMART 50 kitset by PrefabNZ Member NZSIP. Read here
  • Video Innovation Meets R7 | The B1M. View here
  • Avoiding traps in futures thinking. Read here
  • Little future houses on the prairie. Read here
  • Sidewalk Labs reveals design details for new neighbourhood. Read here
  • Dark cloud hanging over construction industry - not enough skilled workers. Read here
  • Construction bosses say industry is doing badly, even terribly. Read here
  • Can insurance help make construction projects run profitably? Read here
  • Partnerships propelling construction tech forward. Read here
  • More Innovative Govt: LightningLab GovTec. Read here
  • Improve Risk Management. Read here
  • Construction methods: modular. Read here
  • Studio Pacific are finding revenue in waste. Read here
  • AUT’s new building encourages innovation and experimentation. Read here
  • LivingHomes wins 2018 Architizer A+Award. Read here
  • Latest issue of Offsite Magazine is now available. Read here
  • Nearly a third of NZ construction companies failing to comply with the new law to keep retention money in trust Read here
  • Full-scale multi-storey timber model being built. Read here
  • XLam appoints head of business development. Read here

August 2018

  • SGA featured in NZ House and Garden. Read here
  • The new age of engineering and construction technology. Read here
  • Artificial intelligence construction technologies next frontier. Read here
  • Milestone or millstone? Why 3D innovation in architecture needs to come back down to Earth. Read here
  • Razor-thin margins push New Zealand construction firms over the edge. Read here
  • BIM beats paper: How digital construction data management is becoming status quo. Read here
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to hit the construction industry. Here’s how it can thrive. Read here
  • So you think you're innovative? Read here
  • Modern Construction Methods Making Headway in Perth. Read here
  • Delivering digital talent. Read here
  • Reconfigurable paving system. Read here
  • A new approach to tackling homelessness. Read here
  • 2018 Building Tech 50 List. Read here
  • The Netherlands to build world's first habitable 3D printed houses. Read here
  • Construction demand strong but growth hampered by capacity, finance constraints, RLB says. Read here
  • Bach on the beach Chinese style. Read here
  • National Construction Pipeline Report 2018. Read here
  • Changing rooms: Advanced design explores new adaptive living. Read here
  • Matrix Homes receivership: Boss Sean Murrie on what went wrong. Read here
  • Mid-century prefabricated house still going strong after more than 50 years. Read here
  • The prefabulous solution to the housing crisis. Read here
  • We have to end construction's boom and bust. Read here
  • Changing perceptions conference. Read here
  • When affordable housing starts in a factory. Read here
  • Read previous newsletters here
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