What is required for prefabricators to get started?

More and more architects, developers, and future home owners are waking up to the benefits of timber construction and prefabrication. As the term ‘prefab’ experiences a renaissance promising to help address the many shortcomings of traditional housing construction, more and more people are asking for prefabrication to play a role in their projects.

But where are all the capable prefabricaters keen to offer housing using this innovative alternative to traditional site-based construction? Where are the prefabricators with enough experience to successfully pull off prefabrication? Successful prefabrication requires a different approach to design and construction compared to the vast majority of our built environment came about. In fact, prefabrication or offsite construction, is more akin to a continuous manufacturing process rather than simply building away from site. Offsite construction business models, standard design details, manufacturing processes and systems depend on the type of prefab product and the volumes being produced.

The next Cluster event (sold out unfortunately) is happening 7th Feb will be discussing these topics and more and we will bring you an overview from the event in the coming weeks.


    • Mark McLeay, Director, Creative Arch – Architectural Designer, mADNZ on their new office design and construction. See images here


  • Johann Betz, Offsite Design Ltd – What is required for prefabricators to get started? The focus will be on small to medium
    sized prefab operations.
  • Colleen Fakalogotoa, CEO, Family Start Manukau – A social Enterprise and collaboration for construction of affordable housing. Info here on FSM here
  • Lauren Christie, Chair, PrefabNZ – CoLab 2018. The heart of Innovative Construction. More info here

Source: Prefab NZ