Welhaus' innovation with prefabrication recognised at the 2017 Champion Canterbury Awards

Welhaus' Alpine Lodge

Welhaus, PrefabNZ members since 2015, has an innovative approach to timber prefabrication, has added another award to its collection, from the 2017 Champion Canterbury Awards. Welhaus took home a Champion trophy in the Infrastructure and Trades category, and Dan Tremewan, Development Director, says that it is great to be recognised for the positive changes that prefabrication technologies are bringing to the New Zealand construction industry.

“Prefab is getting such a great profile as a result of these sorts of awards, it is fantastic news”. The message Welhaus sought to drive home at the awards, was the need to see a ‘paradigm shift’ in the way construction is approached New Zealand. Tremewan says that, for too long, the local industry has been slowed down by wasteful, outdated building practices – and that “prefabricated timber construction has so much to offer – it’s design-driven, sustainable, less-wasteful – you can’t beat that”.

Welhaus is proud to be bringing prefabrication technology and efficiencies to the local building industry that have traditionally only been enjoyed in Europe, and Japan, and Tremewan is seeing that people can’t get enough of it, “they are ready to embrace change”. New Zealand architects, engineers, and homeowners have been crying out for access to high-quality prefabrication. “We’re having to work incredibly hard to keep up with demand”.

Welhaus.pngIn response, Tremewan is excited to be entering the supply market for a wide variety of prefabricated panel products, and he is now connecting with international prefabrication partners to bring a greater diversity of quality product to New Zealand consumers. In addition to Welhaus, Tremewan has established industry-partner and sister company, Welstruct™, a leading New Zealand provider of a comprehensive range of engineered timber products. Welstruct™ delivers highest-quality Austrian timber to New Zealand projects, along with New Zealand-manufactured timber products, and the company provides a comprehensive range of prefabrication options to designers – from cross laminated timber (CLT), glulam, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), to timber frame cassettes and structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Tremewan says that with the new Government being so keen to focus on housing, there is a huge opportunity for prefabricated timber to really take New Zealand by storm. Both Welhaus (turn-key construction) and Welstruct (supply) are already working across a range of residential, and large-scale educational and commercial projects across New Zealand. Versatility is key – “we can supply to projects large or small, and we offer a “one-stop shop” for supply and fitting of prefabricated timber”.

All in all, the future is bright for prefabricated timber in New Zealand -and Welhaus and Welstruct aim to be at the forefront of this new change in construction techniques, bringing innovation, sustainability and affordability together for Kiwi consumers. The awards are mounting up for this approach – in addition to its Champion Canterbury award, Welhaus was a finalist in the Best Design Awards 2016, and wasa NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards winner in 2015. Tremewan speaks regularly to promote the benefits of prefabrication, and Welhaus homes feature in theSuperhome exhibition underway in Canterbury, in which warm, healthy and dry, low-energy homes are celebrated. To learn more visit and

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