Kāinga Ora is ramping up offsite manufactured builds

Kāinga Ora is ramping up offsite manufactured builds

Throughout New Zealand the demand for both market and state housing is increasing. A key consideration for Kāinga Ora is housing people and families on the housing register awaiting a state home. The growing need for homes means innovative approaches are needed to deliver more quality state homes, at a faster rate, and with the best possible outcomes for people, communities, and the construction industry.

Off-site manufacturing (OSM) is one build method that Kāinga Ora says they are committed to ramping up. It’s a key strategy in their 2019-2023 Statement of Intent and Building Momentum–Construction Plan for Future Homes.

The organisation is developing an OSM Plan to drive innovation and output, and an OSM pilot programme means they can trial and evaluate more offsite products and design solutions.

One standout pilot is the 18-home Busby Street development in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, built by Miles Construction. The three-storey walk-up apartment buildings combine a mix of OSM technology, including Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels from Xlam. Engineered light timber frame panels and factory-built bathroom pods from Concision are also used.

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Scaling up OSM is in early stages for Kāinga Ora but already about 15 percent of homes currently under construction or in design within their developments utilise OSM techniques.

Nick Maling, General Manager National Services at Kāinga Ora, says they expect to increase use of OSM significantly over the coming years.

“Kāinga Ora is New Zealand’s largest housing provider and is delivering the highest number of newly built state homes in over 20 years. But there is an ever-increasing number of people and families requiring a warm, dry and safe place to live and we have to think differently about how we match demand with supply.”

“Over the next 12 months we are intending to intensify use of volumetric modular OSM in particular, as a means of further accelerating immediate housing supply.”

The key to success will be collaboration and cooperation, they say. The organisation is investigating the capacity of OSM suppliers around New Zealand to supply this type of home at scale. Kāinga Ora is also supporting the PrefabNZ conference in October this year and say they look forward to engaging with OSM suppliers then.

If you’re a supplier of OSM in New Zealand and would like to know more about the type of OSM homes Kāinga Ora needs, email

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