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News and industry updates 2019

News and industry updates

Keep informed on local and international news relating to prefab designs, scoops, and updates. And read articles PrefabNZ write for the Built Offsite magazine here or read previous newsletters here. Catch-up on PrefabNZ Innovation Bites webinar series here


AUGUST 2019

LOCAL NEWS

  • Is it really more expensive to build new in New Zealand? Read here
  • BCITO welcomes Centre of Vocational Excellence Read here
  • Building minister Jenny Salesa's plan to plug the leaks in building industry Read here
  • A new dawn for work skills and training Read here

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • This is the "Uber moment" for housebuilding Read here
  • Why the future of construction is modular Read here
  • Housing association to become first in UK to build plastic-free homes Read here
  • Video | World’s biggest 3D printer sent to Saudi housing developer Read here
  • The World's Tallest Modular Hotel Read here
  • Britlift: The perfect lifting partner for modular and offsite Read here
  • Off-Site Building Is 'Ripe' For AI. But Are These The Robots You're Looking For? Read here
  • This startup wants to put a free tiny house in your backyard Read here
  • The importance of wireless connectivity in modular buildings Read here
  • Universal Design: A Growing Trend For When Building A Forever Home Read here
  • Expanding downtown living options for families Read here
  • Modern Methods of Construction: Good foundations or built up too much? Read here
  • Serial offenders signed off on apartment blocks Read here
  • Sustainability award for ‘active’ building Read here

JULY 2019

LOCAL DESIGNS

  • Brand new house put up in a trice Read here

LOCAL NEWS

  • TEDxAuckland The Future of wood | Daniel Gudsell Watch here
  • “Opinion: Prefabricated consenting needs to change” Read here
  • CertMark International withdraws from NZ CodeMark scheme Read here
  • New Zealand's first Green School is under construction Read here
  • Hector Egger New Zealand drawings for 3250m2 factory LinkedIn Read here
  • Building Standards available for free download Read here
  • First modular hotel in New Zealand nears completion in central Christchurch Read here
  • Six-month delay in putting up modular prison units Read here
  • Co-what?: Alternative housing models Read here

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS

  • Lakeside plugin tower by PAO reimagines affordable housing in china Read here
  • Yves Béhar designs compact, prefab homes to tackle the housing crisis Read here
  • This American architect and Harvard academic speaks about Haus Gables, her impressive new prefabricated house. Read here
  • World's tallest shipping-container building to be built in London Read here

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Park Street to close so prefab flats can be 'dropped' into shell of club Read here
  • Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge Read here
  • The Challenge of Scaling Up Energy Retrofits for Buildings Read here
  • What are the risks of MMC? Read here
  • “A Step toward Recreating Housing Construction” Read here
  • Singapore plans for construction robots Read here
  • “Technology can help tackle the climate crisis – but don’t delay” Read here
  • Four Ways to Future-Proof Your Construction Business Read here
  • Autodesk: Why we're investing in a modular construction company Read here
  • Construction of World’s tallest modular building complete Read here
  • Prefabricated Buildings Market Driven by Innovative Construction Solutions and Industry Poised for Rapid Growth 2023 Read here
  • “robots 3D-print nine different concrete columns without any formwork” Read here
  • Digital delivery: transforming the design process Read here
  • How the circular economy can make construction more sustainable Read here
  • Why automate, when labour is inexpensive? Read here
  • Video: Unite Modular (not in operation any more but the people involved are working in the UK industry) Watch here
  • Video: Pod example, units containing all of the essential service elements Watch here
  • Video: The first modular homes arrive at Gateshead Innovation Village Watch here
  • Video: Gates Head Innovation Village Watch here
  • Video: ilke Homes UK & Places for People - Full Coverage Watch here
  • Video: ilke Homes and Places for People announce the largest ever modular housing deal - Short Watch here
  • Why Autodesk is investing in an urban prefab construction startup Read here
  • Has the modular future finally arrived? Read here
  • Can This New Factory Produce a Cheaper Apartment? Read here
  • How this award-winning Melbourne high-rise came together piece by piece Read here
  • This new “Rapid Response Factory” wants to make an assembly line to build post-disaster housing Read here
  • Terner Center for Housing Innovation @ UC Berkeley Read here
  • Kanye West Wants to Build Prefab Homes Inspired by Star Wars Read here
  • Pros and cons of modular versus site-built homes Read here
  • Off-site consortium working on universal connector Read here
  • $1.5B healthcare project pushes envelope on lean practices, offsite fabrication Read here
  • Willmott Dixon to deliver social housing in Leeds Read here
  • Trafford Housing Trust and Willmott Dixon to deliver 250 new homes Read here
  • Singapore is embracing prefabricated construction for housing Read here
  • App to help developers put up more prefabs in London Read here
  • World's tallest modular tower is now Clement Canopy in Singapore Read here
  • How Ilke and Places for People aim to make modular mainstream Read here
  • Commercial buildings: The next frontier for modular and prefab? | Architecture & Design Read here


JUNE 2019

LOCAL DESIGNS

  • New $30 million Sudima Kaikoura Hotel will be modular, and mostly in local factories Read here

LOCAL NEWS

  • NZ Wood Guide launched Read here
  • Bank offers new mortgage package for prebuilt homes Read here
  • The Year in Review: Highs and Lows of 2018 - Blog Productspec Read here
  • Westpac Good start to the year Read here
  • “FAST-TRACK URBAN DEVELOPMENT LAW INTRODUCED TO PARLIAMENT” Read here
  • “Fletcher Building report highlights key costs of residential development” Read here
  • Scale-Up New Zealand will help speed up innovation and the growth of innovative businesses Read here
  • Convenient Terminations by Kensington Swan Read here
  • Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture by Guy Marriage Purchase here
  • TV 1 Whats Next? What will house prices be in 20 years’ time? More here

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS

  • Seattle-designed prefab backyard cottage runs completely on solar power Read here
  • Prefab treehouses look like periscopes peeking through the forest Read here
  • Chic prefab home annex pops up with speed and efficiency in Mexico Read here
  • The beauty and affordability of modular living Read here
  • Premade corten steel mobile workspace Read here
  • Building The Impossible: A Prefab Home On A Cliff In Bavaria, Germany Read here
  • AYFRAYM is an affordable A-frame 'cabin-in-a-box' concept Read here
  • And then there were three: Finnish wooden apartment trio win for environment Read here
  • the home-in-a-box 'ecokit' is an energy-efficient house delivered as a flat pack Read here

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory Read here
  • Digital transformation - how can construction get ‘digital’ right? Read here
  • Modular construction report: From projects to products Read here
  • Ikea gets green light to build affordable homes in UK Read here
  • How MMC can help drive capacity and efficiency - Construction News Read here
  • “Three Tips to Profitable Construction Technology Adoption” Read here
  • How can Europe’s cities make housing more affordable? Read here
  • Morrison government's bid to grow tiny home industry Read here
  • “Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis” USA Read here
  • “modular stations for saudi arabia's high-speed railway” Read herehere
  • “Co-living is emerging as a new housing type ” Read here
  • “When the 'smart home' is actually a hospital room” Read here
  • Regulations for off-site construction to differentiate it from traditional build methods Read here
  • Beyond Help to Buy – alternative schemes for first-home buyers Read here
  • Scary flat fire 'could have been a lot worse' | self-regulation is not the way forward Read here
  • New engineered timber building for UNSW Read here
  • When it comes to medical space, it really is innovate or die Read here
  • WilkinsonEyre designs a modular student village for dyson Read here
  • IKEA Explores Future Urban Living for the Many Read here
  • Chicago Contractor Establishes Modular Building ‘Factory’ Read here
  • Digital component technology to transform modular school design Read here

MAY 2019

LOCAL DESIGNS

  • Flat-packed houses Bunnings sells 50+ houses Read here

LOCAL NEWS

  • Auckland Council adopts practices to curb construction demolition waste Read here
  • Unprecedented NZ infrastructure spend forecasted for next ten years Read here
  • First modular hotel in New Zealand nears completion in central Christchurch Read here
  • 'Eco' label straddles wide gulf from tiny homes to off-grid manors Read her
  • XLam announces new business model Read here
  • “XLam closing its NZ operations” Read here
  • MBIE Opens Consultation on Building Sector Reforms Read here
  • Survey reveals red tape is the key issue Read here

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS

  • Modular prefab Drop Box is a portable habitat for natural locations Read here
  • The Modular Cliff house Read here

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • US main contractor round-table discussion series highlights similarities with NZ market Read here
  • ADU handbook Read here
  • Are tiny homes the answer to Utah’s housing shortage? Read here
  • 3D-printed homes for low-income community will be built this summer Read here
  • Offsite building provider installs eco-building at holiday resort Read here
  • Studio Bark's modular U-build system lets anyone self-build sustainably Read here
  • A legal guide to offsite manufacturing Read here
  • The Evolution of CLT Read here
  • Japan’s biggest house builder enters UK market with £90m deal Read here
  • Nokia showcases modular factory concept at Hannover Messe Read here
  • Designing a better future using modular techniques Read here
  • Mott MacDonald builds schools the modular way Read here
  • Designing a better future using modular techniques Read here
  • “IMBY (In My Back Yard) Kit” Read here
  • Could these tiny homes be the solution to a big problem for many older women? Read here
  • Innovative Construction: Denmark: Forest Helix Read here
  • Construction Accord: honeyed words or will it bring real change? Read here and read PrefabNZs updates here
  • NZ Wood Design Guides Launched! 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
  • Architecture Now Review: CoLab 2019 Read here
  • Portable cabins a lifesaver while housing unaffordable for some Read here
  • Prefabrication: Better, cheaper, faster” Read here
  • How the NEC4 suite of contracts can be used to support the use of offsite modular construction. 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
  • Forestry news, forestry jobs - Friday Offcuts Read here
  • Ford’s evolving sense of self: An interview with Hau Thai-Tang Read here
  • Building consent forecast Read here

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS

  • Modular prefab Drop Box is a portable habitat for natural locations Read here
  • A prefabricated timber facade envelops a gorgeous glass home on a Norwegian island Read here
  • Prefab house shines in the Chilean woods Read here
  • Off-grid holiday home at Fish Creek is not your typical bach Read here

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Modular flats to be craned on to roof of 1930s block Read here
  • Mayor invests £11m into modular homes for London's homeless - Environment Journal Read here
  • Planning submitted to develop UK’s largest low-rise modular development Read here
  • Minimalist Monocabin is a modular 291 sq. ft. prefab Read here
  • Marriott to build world's tallest modular hotel in New York Read here
  • Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth Read here
  • BOPAS Briefings presentations, overview of BOPAS Certification & its role in supporting innovative forms of house-building Read here
  • Heathrow reveals offsite hub shortlist Read here
  • Technology Jumpstarts Lean Construction Practices - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • 6-Dimension BIM and Beyond | From a material supplier’s perspective - BuiltWorlds Read here
  • CSIC receives almost £11M funding support 'Innovation revolution' Read here
  • BSRIA report Read here
  • MP’s look into how Modern Methods of Construction boosts housing supply - News from Parliament Read here

MARCH 2019

  • Westpac offers prefab choices in New Zealand-first scheme Read here
  • 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 here
  • More firms move into modular social housing. Read here
  • Prefab 101: Defining The Many Forms Of Factory-Built Homes. Read here
  • 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 Read here

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
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