Prefabricated homes are the IKEA of New Zealand house building, says Kiwi builder Mike Fox, chairman of Registered Master Builders Federation NZ. Designed as a kitset, builders put prefab panels together to create the core of a new home. They are predesigned flat pack housing kits that you can assemble onsite, reducing labour costs, complicated building processes and long waiting periods.
Given the cost-efficiency of prefabricated panels for building homes, could they be a solution to the ongoing housing crisis in New Zealand?
Understanding NZ’s Housing Crisis
Also called the ‘property bubble’, the housing crisis in New Zealand has been an ongoing problem since the 1980s. Reports have linked the house cost inflation to several factors: immigration, deregulation and politics. Since then, house prices have risen considerably faster than standard income rates, making it more difficult to save up for a home.
In 2017, Auckland ranked fourth in the list of the most expensive housing markets in the world behind Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver. New Zealand was also at the top of the housing unaffordability list by the International Monetary Fund. Every year, buying a home has become a less attainable option compared to renting.
The Problem Kitset Homes Can Solve
According to Rebecca Stevenson, contributor for The Spinoff online magazine, houses in New Zealand are not pricey only because of short supply; it’s also because construction is more expensive and the house sizes target people who can afford larger properties. In fact, homes in New Zealand are much larger compared to those in the UK, France, Japan, Italy, Spain and Germany.
Mike Fox, who is also the founding member of the Construction Strategy Group, believes this is where prefabricated homes can help. After spending 30 years of his life understanding the building industry of New Zealand, he discovered that a designer kitset home minimises the costs of building a new house, making home ownership a realistic option for many people who could not afford it otherwise.
Here are the reasons why:
- They are make building processes easier.
Prefabricated panels are designed and engineered offsite. Once the kitsets are finished, they are delivered to site pre-cut, pre-drilled and pre-primed. This way, you lessen the work hours required to finish the home and reduce overall expenses on labour.
- They minimise risks of damage.
Kitset homes are made from durable materials. Durapanel uses Triboard, a solid timber with a strand core that produces unmatched strength and durability. They are also produced with high tech computer numerical control (CNC) technology. When you incorporate CNC materials into your structure, you reduce the risks of further costs on maintenance and repairs in the future.
- They eliminate the need for costly waste collection services.
Since the panels are finished in a factory, builders and homeowners need not worry about expensive waste collection. This also lets you focus on other aspects of house building, speeding up the entire process.
Work with Us
At Durapanel, we promote innovative construction and share its advantages with builders across New Zealand. With over twenty years of experience in the housing industry, we have built our name through high-quality prefabricated homes, reliable service and the utilisation of the latest technology for production processes. We help builders reduce construction time, costs and risks, helping them grow their businesses.