Solution to KiwiBuild is NZ made

The capacity to build more quality 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.

Through using innovative building methods, PrefabNZ Members say they could deliver around 7,000 more homes each year from 2020. This would deliver 70% of KiwiBuild's target of 10,000 homes per year over ten years. In fact, manufacturers and builders surveyed by PrefabNZ say they are ready to reinvest around 8% of revenue, and up to 20% in some cases, to deliver KiwiBuild.

“This is astonishing news,” says PrefabNZ Chief Executive Pamela Bell. “New Zealand housing manufacturers and builders are telling us that they are willing to forego some profit in the short term to deliver KiwiBuild. This research is economic proof that our innovative construction industry does not need a big multi-national outsider in order to deliver on the KiwiBuild promise.”

“We can have several New Zealand businesses using innovative building methods working together, using homegrown materials and sharing specialist expertise. For example, different companies might make wall panels, or roof pieces or bathroom pods, or any of the elements that go into a building.”

In the words of PrefabNZ Board Chair, Lauren Christie: “This Capacity & Capability report is well timed to demonstrate the latent capacity and commitment of the innovative construction sector to deliver better homes for Kiwis under the KiwiBuild banner.”

Mark Farmer, author of the game-changing United Kingdom report ‘Modernise or Die’ agrees that offsite is an important part of the KiwiBuild solution. His experience in the UK shows how government officials have taken on board the advice he provided in his 2016 report where he showed how 25% of the British construction industry would be gone in the next 10 years as workers retired.

A year after the Farmer Review, the British Government committed to prioritising offsite building methods for several Departments, including transport, health, education, justice and defence.

Mark is now here in New Zealand to discuss what New Zealand needs to do to take full advantage of innovative building methods. Mark’s appearance at last week’s annual CoLab event in Auckland is in partnership with the Industry Transformation Agenda, a bold programme to transform the entire building and construction sector led by BRANZ.

Source: Prefab NZ

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