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modhouse: proves offsite for the way forward

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After John McNamara from modhouse returned to New Zealand from his OE in 1995 and had worked on large scale projects for over 20 years in Auckland, his interests started to extend as the industry began to take onboard offsite construction and the engineered timber market sector started to emerge. And having been strongly sympathetic to the “logs for jobs” credo John had already been dabbling in both these areas over the previous 10 years. In effect modhouse picked up on this industry move and created what is planned to be the first of a series of engineered timber frame houses. modhouse is modular in nature and the elements (modules) of the plan can be moved around to suit the site, orientation to north, windows and door placement; so there is an infinite variety of ways modhouse can be configured both in terms of the plan layouts and the materiality.

"The aim for modhouse was to bring a mid-sized open plan timber house to market that was high performing, environmentally sustainable and could be delivered at a reasonable price point by utilising offsite construction."

With their first showhome now just completed in the Hawkes Bay, modhouse are excited to begin working with clients who share both a love of NZ wood in all its abundance and a passion for architecture and design to create more beautiful houses. The showhome is part of a master-planned sub-division with an ambitious ESD outcome (Environmentally Sustainable Design is the philosophy of designing the built environment and services to comply with the principles of ecological sustainability) and modhouse is centred around sustainability and achieving a Homestar 6 rating.

Working closely with Flux Structural engineers modhouse approached Techlam for the offsite prefabricated engineered timber exo-skeleton frame utilising their state-of-the-art software and advanced prefabrication techniques to ensure compatibility with the other precut componentry. This interface was critical to ensure the assembly onsite was quick and easy and the speed of construction greatly offset the upfront capital costs. However, the long-term environmental benefits of modhouse have ensured a reduction in materials, less waste to landfill and greatly reduced energy and water consumption.

Techlam manufactured and pre-cut the engineered glulam structural frame for delivery to site in conjunction with the many other offsite and prefabricated elements including cross-laminated flooring (Xlam), structurally insulated roofing panels (Metalcraft), and NZ manufactured finishing plywood (Plytech), all working together to ensure a seamless construction process that reduced time, tools and labour spent on the project.

"Techlam and modhouse are strong advocates for offsite prefabrication which they believe is the way forward for the delivery of housing in NZ".

Techlam was delighted to be involved with this exciting new concept - modhouse. Engineered timber ticks all the boxes as it is sustainable, creates logs for jobs, achieves a simple and easy assembly and can provide a solution for many structural requirements.

Techlam and modhouse are strong advocates for offsite prefabrication which they believe is the way forward for the delivery of housing in NZ. Techlam was delighted to be involved with this exciting new concept - modhouse. Engineered timber ticks all the boxes as it is sustainable, creates logs for jobs, achieves a simple and easy assembly and can provide a solution for many structural requirements.

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