News and industry updates 2020

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

JUNE 2020

  • Restoring confidence in the apartment sector Read here
  • Lessons in how to regulate construction post covid Read here
  • Homes England commissions MMC research study – Show House Read here
  • Millions due to Corrections under bond for building prefab cells Read here
  • These Lego-like modular houses can grow along with your family Read here
  • Modular classrooms welcome addition to Kaiti School. Read here
  • Here come the robots but are we ready. Read here
  • Design for MMC to help the circular economy council developer tells architects. Read here

MAY 2020


  • Prefab manufacturer Concision opens another house building factory in Matamata Read here
  • Budget 2020: More than $2 billion to get Kiwis into jobs post Covid-19 Read here
  • Building consents flying high to drive recovery in Manawatū Read here
  • Time to channel Great Depression, get building state houses: Infometrics Read here
  • Coronavirus: Cabinet approves new legislation to fast-track resource consents and boost economy as it emerges from lockdown Read here


  • Aecom gets green light for non-standard drone flights | BIM+ Read here

APRIL 2020


  • Podcast Mass timber Listen here
  • Councils coping with Covid-19 Read here
  • Here's what Govt needs to do to give building sector best shot at survival Read here

MARCH 2020


  • Immigration New Zealand Travel Restrictions updates. Read here
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade COVID-19 updates on impact on trade. Read here
  • Ministry of Primary Industries COVID-19 Effects of trades. Read here
  • NZ Employment Workplace response COVID-19. Read here
  • NZ Work and Income COVID-19 Employer Support Read here
  • NZ Customs Services COVID-19 updates. Read here
  • Ministry of Health COVID-19 updates. Read here
  • IRD Tax relief for businesses COVID-19 Read here
  • COVID-19: Information for businesses. Read here
  • COVID 19 (Corona Virus) Construction and Building Industry Toolbox Talk and Advisory Read here
  • $12.1 billion support for New Zealanders and business Read here
  • The end of the quarter acre dream? Why building smarter means building smaller Read here
  • A New Zealand View on Prefab Construction in China and Beyond Q&A with Scott Fisher Read here
  • Auckland Council 'strongly opposes' Government's plan to fight housing crisis Read here
  • NZ's first modular hotel finally opens, two years late - but lessons learnt Read here


  • 'It was like flicking a switch': How Covid-19 has hit the property scene Read here
  • “Automation is not innovation' in offsite, World of Modular speakers say” Read here
  • Australian government provides millions in funding for scheme looking to transform construction Read here
  • “the Australian building and construction sector is showing signs of a bounce back for 2020 and beyond ” Read here
  • Is the prefab home set for a comeback? Read here
  • Affordable and accessible housing Minneapolis 2040 policies Read here
  • Australia's first cross-laminated timber hotel to open in 2020 Read here
  • What you always wanted to know about the prefab business - the Hickory story Read here
  • CF Møller Architects reveals Sweden's tallest timber building Read here
  • How modular housing can launch a self-build boom Read here



  • New era for vocational education Read here
  • New houses emitting five times too much carbon – study Read here
  • NZ's first 'climate safe' home offers safe housing on flood-prone land Read here


  • On the West Coast, prefab gains ground for speedier construction Read here
  • RetroFirst: The case for circular public-sector procurement Read here
  • UK’s ‘largest’ modular neighbourhood gets the nod Read here
  • Can tomorrow’s offices combine modular construction with timber? Read here
  • Innovative long-distance multi-disciplinary offsite housing construction program you can complete from NZ Read here
  • ESS Modular completes Ireland’s largest modular ward extension Read here
  • Jump Manufacturing? Mace unveils new offsite tower build system Read here
  • Offsite Ready To Grow Globally Read here
  • “It is time for more offsite methodology and thinking to be introduced into architectural study” Read here
  • Ikea to build around 400 affordable houses in three UK towns next year Read here



  • Ubáli Tropical Living builds eco-friendly modular house in rural Costa Rica Read here


  • The Modular Building Kit You Can Have Delivered To Your Door Read here
  • Housing cure needs careful consideration of all options, not a knee-jerk reaction Read here
  • Offsite: how firms are overcoming the barriers Read here
  • Modular homes in Sweden are specially designed for solar panels Read here
  • Laing O’Rourke confirmed on Giggs and Neville skyscraper | Construction News Read here
  • Councils as modular building champions Read here
  • Swan latest modular firm to ditch CLT for high-rise apartments Read here
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