PrefabNZ CoLab highlights a collaborative approach to housing manufacture

PrefabNZ are hosting CoLab, their annual ‘unconference’ in Wellington later this month, providing a platform for conversation regarding offsite manufacturing and innovative construction.

PrefabNZ CEO, Pamela Bell says it is great that New Zealanders want to express individuality in their homes, yet there are issues that need to be addressed first.

“It’s time to start thinking more seriously about the way we design and construct our buildings, residential and commercial, in order to meet the needs of our growing and ageing population.”

With the price of houses increasing, offsite manufacturing offers a solution to create buildings on time and within budget away from the final building site, providing an efficient and quickly assembled solution saving time and money.

Bell says the New Zealand building landscape is changing, and PrefabNZ is arming to facilitate the sector to move with the change.

This April, construction and design innovators and experts are heading to the PrefabNZ CoLab in Wellington to debate, connect and collaborate on the use of modern methods of construction to produce innovative designs.

“It’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of the latest examples in offsite manufacturing, from materials and systems to process and design,” says Bell.

Experts from America, Japan, Canada and Australia will offer an international perspective to the event. Including; Amy Marks, President and Owner of XSite Modular Consulting, Dr Masa Nogushi, Univeristy of Melbourne, Damien Cough, prefab and Hickory Group and Dr Mohamad Al-Hussein, University of Alberta.

Visit PrefabNZ for more information and to register.