PrefabNZ actively responds to Members needs and proactively identifies relevant market opportunities for research projects.
Browse our projects below. If you are looking for something in particular and cannot locate it, have an idea for a project or an innovative project to share, please contact us. Follow our YouTube channel or watch our 2 min CoLab 2018 highlights reel here
Please note that this page is always evolving with new exciting content being added.
10 May 2019
Introducing the SNUG - a PrefabNZ design competition for 'a home in my backyard'. The SNUG is a complementary dwelling for your back garden - a home for you, your parents, your kids, your work or for play. What do you want it to be? READ MORE
14 March 2019
How To Prefab
This PrefabNZ selection of offsite case studies demonstrates work from the early adopters of innovative construction methods. READ MORE
8 March 2018
Better Bank Finance
Obtaining direct bank finance is one of the top-three issues our Members have, keeping them awake at night. PrefabNZ is working with several major banks and finance professionals to bring about simple solutions. READ MORE
11 June 2019
A snappy overview on all things KiwiBuild related, and links to news items. READ MORE
5 April 2019
Advocacy: Building Advisory Panel Updates
To support your discussions with industry and member organisations, below are the headlines and more detailed points that relate to the items discussed at BAP meetings. Keep informed and gain access to documents on PrefabNZ's advocacy work relating to MBI. READ MORE
8 March 2018
Capacity and Capability Report
The capacity to build more homes is already within New Zealand, instead of overseas, new research from PrefabNZ shows.
Instead of shipping in from abroad, the PrefabNZ ‘Capacity & Capability’ report demonstrates that Kiwi-based housing manufacturing firms and construction companies can deliver for KiwiBuild using offsite methods.
8 March 2018
Good Offsite Guide - building consenting
The PrefabNZ Good Offsite Guide: a compilation of regulatory perspectives on building consenting to assist in getting your great offsite projects off the ground. PrefabNZ Members told us that dealing with building consent regulation was one of their top-three bug-bears, so we listened. The great team at PrefabNZ scoured the country searching for solutions and have developed The Good Offsite Guide launched at CoLab 2018.
6 March 2018
SNUG design competition
Introducing the SNUG - a PrefabNZ design competition for 'a home in my backyard'
The SNUG is a complementary dwelling for your back garden - somewhere that can be a home for your children as they adventure into independent living, a safe place for extended family members, or a work-space to provide an alternative to commuting.
14 January 2019
More Efficient Consenting - building consenting
The PrefabNZ Good Offsite Guide - a compilation of regulatory perspectives on building consenting - was launched at CoLab 2018. It is the first step in industry-led 'clarification and consistency' that PrefabNZ Members are seeking when dealing with Building Consent Authorities in processing building consents for offsite construction. So what has happened since the Guide's launch in March 2018 - well...
10 May 2019
Built Offsite magazine
Built Offsite is a publication dedicated to offsite construction. Built Offsite is expertly put together by Boston Publishing. View previous issues and PrefabNZ articles. READ MORE
10 March 2017
logs4jobs - filling the skilled worker shortage
“Women are the answer to New Zealand’s skilled worker shortage.” Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ. New Zealand has a shortage of skilled workers and this problem will only get worse. Statistics New Zealand estimates a growth in employment of 107,800 jobs in primary industries, manufacturing and construction by 2023. It is the skilled jobs within these areas which will see the biggest growth. Women are the untapped workforce able to fill the future skilled worker shortage. Visit PrefabNZ's YouTube channel for more...
1 August 2016
What if your bathroom and kitchen came to your building site in one-piece like a giant piece of Lego? That’s exactly what the UNIpod is all about. An open-source universally accessible bathroom pod – designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications.
1 September 2016
HIVE was New Zealand's first Home Innovation Village facilitated by PrefabNZ in response to Canterbury's earthquakes 2010-12.
19 October 2016
Traditional mortgage structures cause many issues for prebuilt construction. PrefabNZ met with Members and financial representatives to explore the issues and potential ways forward.