Pre-Forum Site Tour  

Cross Laminated Timber Site Visit

You will also visit a site commissioned by Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) to be constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for the structure. CLTs are highly suitable for modular construction as its light weight, structural safety and fire ratings enable it to be manufactured offsite.



Building Information Modelling (BIM) Lab Site Visit

Finally, you will have the chance to visit a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Lab to explore how BIM can integrated into modular construction and prefabrication to help architects, developers, construction companies and design agencies develop plans to meet the demands of their projects.

Building Information Modelling

Latest Trends, Techniques and Market Opportunities on New Zealand’s Modular Construction and Prefabrication 
 09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer

Latest Opportunities in New Zealand’s Pre-Fabrication Market and New Techniques in Modularization and Pre-Fabrication

  • Current trends on modular construction and prefabrication
  • Adoption stage of prefabrication in New Zealand
  • Industry Transformation Roadmap
  • Importance of collaboration and support of large contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and researchers
  • Understand the mechanics of offsite construction and build into concept stage and clients will need to articulate succinct output requirements and sharing of criteria and budgets
  • Designing challenges for modular projects
  • In addition, government role is as important as they may act as both the regulator as well as the major owner of modular projects
The Hon. Phil Goff
Mayor of Auckland (Invited)

The Hon. Andrew King
Mayor of Hamilton

Other Invited Mayors & Senior Government Officials


Is Modularization and Prefabrication Solution to Housing Affordability in New Zealand? Perspectives by Housing New Zealand & Local Councils

  • The New Zealand housing scenario, going forward
  • Identify what is modular housing and prefabrication and its techniques involved
  • Discover opportunities for modularization and prefabrication to tackle housing affordability
  • Sourcing abroad for modular construction skills, materials & technology
Andrew-rounded Andrew Booker
GM Business Innovation & Development
Housing New Zealand Corporation
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
Learning from Overseas Successful Modular Experiences: International Case Studies of Prefab Design & Construction in Australia, Singapore, Germany and Finland

The Australian Modular Success Story: Recent Innovations and Lessons Learnt

  • Case Study Australia’s Tallest Prefabricated Building
  • Further innovations in universities, affordable housing, residential aged care facilities, prisons and more
John-Gardiner-rounded John Gardiner
Managing Director Manager, Determinations & Assurance, MBIE, NZ
Building Confidence Ltd

Innovation Showcase: 3D Printing for Prefab Projects

  • What can we expect from prefab and 3D printing in the future?
  • Will 3D printing remodel the construction industry?
  • Challenges of 3D prefab printing: Quality, Scale and Future Adoption
Dr-Behzad-Nematollahi-rounded Dr Behzad Nematollahi
Deputy Director-Smart Structures Laboratory
Swinburne Univeristy of Technology
11:30 The Australian Modular Success Story: Recent Innovations and Lessons Learnt

  • Case Study Australia’s Tallest Prefabricated Building
  • Further innovations in universities, affordable housing, residential aged care facilities, prisons and more
Stuart-rounded Stuart Marsland
Rothelowman Architects
12:00 Innovation Case Study: New Zealand’s First Modular Hotel – Lessons Learnt & Challenges Faced
TLC_HiResStdlt_NMT_C01 Alistair Sawer
Managing Director
TLC Modular
12:30 Networking Luncheon
New Zealand Modular Construction Innovative Implementation Case Studies 

Recent Case Study: Prefabrication for New Zealand Student Accommodation

  • A milestone in prefabricated timber (CLT & LVL)
  • The largest timber building in New Zealand in both volume of timber and height
  • The case of the recently completed Otago Polytechnic Student Village
Sam-Cadden-rounded Sam Cadden
Logic Group

Building With Code: Working Within The Compliance Rules

Jock-Hyde-rounded Jock Hyde
Principal Specialist Building Surveyor
Auckland Council

Building With Code: Working Within The Compliance Rules

Connal-Townsend-rounded Connal Townsend
Property Council, New Zealand

Refreshment & Networking

15:30 Lean and Continuous Improvement for the Prefab & Modular Construction Industry
Applications of Lean principles of “Flow and Pull” to improve productivity/profitability in the Prefab Building and Construction Industries
Fletcher Steel Jeff Tufnell
NZ Operational Excellence Manager
Fletcher Steel
16:00 What is the Scope for modular construction in the Hotel sector?
Dean-rounded Dean Humphries
National Director Hotels
Colliers International
16:30 Panel Discussion: New Challenges and Opportunities in Prefabs: How Can We Make the Necessary Change? 

  • Innovation by Specifiers
  • When Google & Big Tech get into Construction
  • The right mind set has to be instilled against the misperception of modular buildings: it is not cost savings!
  • Tackling the peculiar water/weather proofing problem in New Zealand
  • New steel and concrete prefab projects & opportunities
  • Structural & Civil Engineering challenges
  • New Flat Pack Opportunities
  • Introducing Better Quality Building Components & Products
  • Nurturing Modular StartUps, when incumbents don’t innovate
  • Opportunities in the correction, hospitality, commercial, resort, defence, infrastructure sectors
  • Opportunities from a Sharing Economy
  • The collaboration with counterparts of better modular building technology
  • Securing the Finance and Insurance & Managing the Cash Flow
red stag wood Jason Cordes
Managing Dirctor
Red Stag Wood Solutions
17:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:15 End of Day One Cocktail Reception

After a long day of learning, benchmarking, and planning, unwind and mingle with your peers.

Next Generation Prefab Modular Innovations + Intersection with BIM and AR/VR in Construction 
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Prefab Case Study: Utilizing Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT), Mass Engineered Timber (MET) and Glulam  
Bernie-O'Fagan-rounded Bernie O’Fagan
Managing Director
RM Designs
09:45 Homestar Homes: The Modular Option  
Andrew-Eagles-rounded Andrew Eagles
Chief Executive
New Zealand Green Building council
10:15 Case Study: Prefabrication for Infrastructure Projects

Designing for Prefabrication & Assembly using Timber Systems, Case Study of the iconic new Nelson Airport Terminal Building

NZ Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association Johann Betz
Founder/Managing Director, Offsite Design
NZ Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association
10:45 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
11:00 Modular Plantrooms: Taking a Leap in Modular World

  • Introduction to external HVAC plant location
  • Security and amenity advantages for restricted access applications
  • How it allows flexibility during construction process
Tony-Sanderson_rounded Tony Sanderson
Stephenson & Turner
11:30 Modular Construction for Seismic-prone Areas and for Disaster Recovery from Cyclones/Floods
John-Jing-rounded Dr. John Jing
Technical Director
EQ Struc Limited
12:00 Building Cladding and Fire Safety Considerations for Modular Projects
Michael_James_rounded Michael James
Managing Director
Origin Fire Consultants
12:30 Networking Luncheon
Best Practices in Modular Quality Control and Improvement 

Sustainability Issues in NZ Construction and possible implications on passive houses and modular construction

John-Mauro-rounded John Mauro
Chief Sustainability Officer
Auckland Council
14:00 Contracting, Tendering and Procuring for a Modular Construction Project

  • Developing best procurement and contracting practices
  • Dealing with multiple stakeholders: architects, surveyors, designers, building contractors and building services companies
  • Sourcing pre-fabricated components from overseas
Andrea-rounded Andrea Morton
Director Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management, Finance & Performace
Housing New Zealand Corporation
14;30 A Services Supplier’s Perspective: Building a truly sustainable prefab future for NZ Housing, Manufacturing & Agriculture

  • As suppliers of professional services to HousingNZ and other local council social housing departments, what are the options for rapidly increasing stock to help redress the present vast undersupply of social and emergency housing?
  • Cultivation and fabrication of industrial hemp for use as composite panels, laminates, hempcrete and other building materials for prefab builds
  • How to build a truly sustainable prefab future for NZ Housing, Manufacturing & Agriculture?
Will-Shaw-rounded Will Shaw
Director/Project Manager
Catalyst Group
15;00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Session
15:30 Roundtable Discussions

  • VR and AR in Construction Engineering and Prefabrication
  • Surveying, Certifying, Insuring, Financing for Prefab Projects
  • Steel Framing Prefab Projects
  • Building Services for Prefab Projects
  • Digital Construction
Dr Ruggiero Lovreglio
Lecturer & Specialist in BIM, VR and AR for Construction
Massey University

16:00 Sustainability & Innovation in Modular Construction in NZ

  • Why does modular construction conserve the environment better?
  • Sustainable buildings is a must-have

Q&A Session & Closing Remarks by Conference Chairperson