Kāinga Ora | Building Momentum | June 2021

May Christchurch Ōtautahi event

It was great to meet up face-to-face in Christchurch and online via a webinar in mid-May to kick-start the series of quarterly Building Momentum update events.

We welcomed guest speakers from around the globe and the
country to hear the best of the best innovation stories with many
pragmatic lessons shared. These web-links are captured below
for your personal follow-up. Please do share with colleagues and pencil 13 August (Wellington and online) in your diaries for the next Building Momentum update.

The Building Momentum web-link has all the event presentations for you to download.

Building Momentumwas created during 2020 as a means of collaborating alongside New Zealand’s construction industry to achieve the increasing build targets set for Kāinga Ora for new public and supported housing. The framework was developed
with and for the industry, so quarterly events like this one are important to share what is being achieved under the plan.

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Top Five Overview

1. There is huge potential to learn from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s collaborative work in innovation. Their learnings are transferable to NZ through R&D learnings around standardisation, building information modelling (BIM), onsite assembly etc.

2. Going forward we will see sustainability and offsite manufacture (OSM) more closely interwoven in R&D and delivery. In essence, this means achieving better sustainability outcomes through ‘cost neutral’ delivery by using OSM methods.

3. It is critically important to coordinate early in a project’s lifecycle through use of early contractor involvement (ECI) and BIM. Learnings shared by Built Environs showed how these methods enabled the smooth delivery of their Homeground cross-laminated timber (CLT) project for the Auckland City Mission.

4. Wellbeing is a new area of BRANZ’s R&D focus for our buildings, their occupants and our workers who are creating those buildings. It is an evolving research area for measurement and benchmarking, as influenced by Treasury’s Living Standards Framework. At a pragmatic level, it starts by checking in with our colleagues about how they are coping.

5. Building Momentum’s quarterly update focused on a call for industry consultation around design standards, expansion of the apprenticeship programme, revisiting the forward work intention reporting, and looking forward to new pilots combining sustainability and offsite innovative methodologies. Lots to report on next time when we meet up again in August.


CSIC innovation factory

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC)

Stephen Good and Lucy Black spoke to us about Scotland’s national innovation centre for the built environment. Scotland is interesting to New Zealand in that they produce a similar number of houses each year and have a timber-based construction methodology.

CSIC’s four defined impact areas are:

·Culture change, including a Young Leaders Forum

·Sustainability, including a timber focus eg. CLT, glue lam (GLTP), glulam timber portal (GLTP), and nail laminated (NLT), and recycled materials eg. K-briq, unfired brick made from 90% construction waste

·Digital transformation, including iCON platform (resilience resources to #buildbackbetter)

·Advanced manufacturing, including Offsite Ready and a ‘train the trainer’ programme with TV personality George Clark

CSIC Case Study: Advanced Industrialised Manufacture for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH)

·CSIC Case Study: Advanced Industrialised Manufacture for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH)

·The UK needs 300,000 homes per year – AIMCH aims to produce 30,000 p.a.

·AIMCH is a 6.2 million pound funding programme over three years with the aim to be at least cost neutral with masonry construction, but with better sustainability functions, ie. ‘building more for less’

AIMCH downloads:

·DfMA Guide to Timber Panelised MMC System

·Design Standardisation and Product Families

·Guide to creating a BIM housing manual

·Future factory simulation

·Literature review overview

Ways to engage with CSIC:



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Homeground render from Built Environs

Built Environs (McConnell Dowell)

Greg Ford and Darren Cutfield spoke about the current Homeground, Auckland City Mission project utilising full CLT structural system and a number of working innovations.

Built Environs Case Study: Auckland City Mission, Homeground:

·Homeground is the result of a design competition twelve years ago where Stephens Lawson Architects were the winners.

·Early contractor engagement has been key to enabling trust

·and transparency in the working relationships and contractual risk sharing.

·On site innovations include the lift shaft design which uses a CLT panel complete with cut-outs for handrail and toe-kick to be removed in a staged approach to enable maximum worker safety.

·Worker wellbeing and on-site experience is through an extremely clean and tidy site due to reduction in concrete and steel works, plus a very quiet site, even when 160 people are present.

·BIM has been critical for coordination of services and consultants, with Built Environs saying they wouldn’t do another project without BIM going forward. BIM 400-level included modelling penetrations which yields better results in time-savings.

Ways to engage with Built Environs:



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Homeground project at site


Daniel du Plessis presented wellbeing research at BRANZ across those building homes and those living in those homes. Wellbeing outcomes can be measured using qualitative metrics based on the Living Standards Framework used by Treasury to collect user data. Daniel notes that worksite wellbeing is something that is often tangible in the prevailing site atmosphere or morale, but not easily measured using traditional metrics.

Future outcomes of building users will be captured using a digital app as part of Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) in a collaborative effort between BRANZ and Kāinga Ora.

BRANZ Case Study: Landlords of the Future

·Landlords of the Future is a research programme to look at the home ownership, renting and the housing landscape facing New Zealanders in the future, 2060.

·BRANZ looking for collaborative partners in these projects.

BRANZ Build magazine article links:

·Workplaces that care about wellbeing

·Wellbeing as a key government policy and impact on our buildings

·Buildings and wellbeing as a design imperative, including the WELL standard

·Unpicking the term wellbeing and its meaning in the construction industry

BRANZ reports to downloads:

·SR459 (2021) The mental health and wellbeing of small and medium-sized construction firms in NZ

·SR406 (2018) Adopting new ways in the building and construction industry

Associated links:

·Mates in Construction (mental wellness practitioners to provide support at site)

·Mates in Construction (LinkedIn)

·Treasury’s Living Well Standards Framework (LSF)

Ways to engage with BRANZ:



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BRANZ reports to download

Building Momentum by
Kāinga Ora:

Rohan Bush and Ken Lotu-Iiga updated the activities under the Building Momentum umbrella over the last few months.

More can be seen about Building Momentum here – download report and implementation overview. Updates about the five priority focus areas are across partnering, innovation, design quality, delivery and sustainability.

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Partnering updates included the growth of the apprenticeships programme, with increasing numbers on Auckland sites, opportunities being progressed in Northland, and set-up taking place in Christchurch. Also discussed was work to select some preferred suppliers for consultancy services by professional group and region and the development of Māori partnering targets.

See Apprentice programmes here

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·Design Quality updates focused on the Performance Based Design consultation open for feedback by 4 June 2021

·Innovation and Sustainability updates included an overview was given on the current stocktake into offsite manufacturing (OSM) pilots, and the wider plan for OSM. Participants also heard about the development of a Kāinga Ora Carbon Neutral Housing Plan as part of a wider sustainability framework

·See Innovation and Sustainability programmes here

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·Delivery updates focused on the construction intentions data which is published quarterly to give industry partners greater visibility of the public and supported housing pipeline. In time, this will also include current information on the delivery of the retrofit housing programme, through which older homes are being brought up to modern standards.

·See Construction Intentions here

·and the Regional Measurement from March 2021 here

Stay in the loop with the Development and Construction Matters bulletin – latest issue here

Sign up for the bulletin here

Join us

Next Building Momentum event is scheduled for 13 August in Wellington for a face-to-face event and a webinar. Tune in to hear updates on:

• Innovation: Five Systems
• Sustainability: Passive House
• Design Quality: Elemental Typology Suite
• Delivery: Project Velocity

We hope you can join us for these – please mark your calendar!

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PO Box 2628 Wellington 6140

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