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PrefabNZ applauds central government’s hands-on leadership in pledging to deliver up to 140 homes for New Zealanders in need, using rapid delivery with modern methods of construction.

"The offsite industry is well and truly ready for this type of announcement - experienced prebuilt housing suppliers are already using the latest technology to produce quality, functional and permanent dwellings," according to PrefabNZ CEO Pamela Bell. "We just need this project’s scope and master-plan - along with coordinated infrastructure delivery and building consent cohesion to enable rapid housing delivery."

PrefabNZ is the non-profit design and construction member-based association for innovative prebuilt construction in New Zealand. Members design, manufacture and assemble buildings from large pieces made offsite, like giant Lego. It’s not a new concept, the first colonial houses arrived into the country in pre-cut pieces 200 years ago, including the Treaty House at Waitangi.

Today, innovative construction methods are like those seen on TV’s Grand Designs - large pieces, wall panels and room pods that click together at site. The benefits are from building large chunks in a controlled yard or facility away from the final building site. This enables clear quality outcomes, compressed time-frames and resulting cost efficiencies from preparing site works and factory manufacture.

Employing modern methods of construction means house structure assembly can be completed at site in less than a week. Quality control is performed offsite in controlled conditions. Cost effectiveness from time savings can result in savings of up to 15%.

As more emphasis is placed on health and safety regulation, it is easier to comply by constructing parts of buildings on the ground and raising them into place at the construction site. This eliminates the need for riskier time at height in all weather conditions.

PrefabNZ members have a proven track record of delivering innovative housing. Stanley Group are a leading provider in offsite construction technology and recently finished their delivery of over 100 houses to Housing NZ's Rightsize programme in Auckland. Keith Hay Homes has been building a range of types of homes using innovative methods for over fifty years - showing that this type of technology is enduring. There are many other providers and systems spanning the full spectrum of sizes of prebuilt pieces and parts, made all over the country from Kaitaia to Wanaka.

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