Pre-Forum Site Tour  

Modular Construction at Hobsonville Point

Unique to this year’s conference is the exclusive site tour to Hobsonville Point where you will see how New Zealand’s first pre-fabricated multi-tenancy two storey duplex building was built in just three days using the latest modular construction technology, compared to 22 weeks for a conventional build. This building was constructed with offsite-manufactured components using new systems to join the panels, floor and roof sections.



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
Invited Senior Officials from:
MBIE, New Zealand
Brandz, New Zealand
Construction Strategy Group, New Zealand

The International PPVC, Prefab & DfMA Experience: The Singapore Case Study

  • Regulatory Support: Recent changes make pre-fabircated bathroom pods mandatory in all public housing
  • Usage of DfMA and PPVC in shopping malls
  • Latest Projects and Lessons learnt
blank_male-rounded Eugene Seah
Senior Director
Surbana Jurong, Singapore
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
Stuart-rounded Stuart Marsland
Rothelowman Architects

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 Finland’s CLT and Modular Success Story

  • Combating housing shortage with modular construction
  • Next generation modular construction
  • Finland’s first high-rise CLT apartment building case study
12:00 Innovation Case Study: New Zealand’s First Modular Hotel – Lessons Learnt & Challenges Faced
blank_male-rounded Alistair Sawer
Managing Director
TLC Modular
12:30 Networking Luncheon
New Zealand Modular Construction Innovative Implementation Case Studies 

Case Study: Modular Construction in the New Zealand’s Health & Aged Care Sectors

  • Why the health and the aged care sectors can benefit from modular construction innovation
  • Key area focus emphasis on performance based design
  • The repeatability, superior quality allows regulators to meet performance requirements

Modular Construction opportunities in commercial and Infrastructural sectors In New Zealand


Peter Millar
Australasian Business Development Manager
Tonkin + Taylor


Building With Code: Working Within The Compliance Rules

  • Understand Building Code and the laws that apply for specific construction method
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC) proposed Building Code changes if needed
  • How can relevant parties work with the local authorities in producing modular buildings?
  • Fast-Tracking Building Consent & Compliance

Refreshment & Networking

15:30 Case Study: Prefabrication for New Zealand Schools and Student Accommodation
James-rounded James Whetter
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
blank_male-rounded 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  
09:45 Modular Construction for Passive Houses

  • State of Art: Passive Houses in ANZ
  • Case Study of a Passive House
Glenn-rounded Glenn Murdoch
Design Director
10:15 Digital Innovation in Modular Construction 

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) coupling with Modular Construction
  • The incorporation of modernization designs tools
  • BIM software as primary tools in modernization architecture designs
  • When BIM intersects with AR/VR
  • Case Study of a successful BIM-designed Modular Project
10:45 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
11:00 The Invention of Bathroom & Kitchen Pods: Taking a Leap in Modular World

  • What is bathroom pods and how they’re being constructed
  • Solution to coordinate up dozen trades in a constricted space
  • How bathroom pods fits into different types of multi-unit residential application including residential housing and commercial buildings
  • Plumbing & Waterheating issues and challenges
  • What about kitchen pods?
  • Lessons from Bathroom Pod Leaders
Tony-Sanderson_rounded Tony Sanderson
Stephenson & Turner
11:30 Modular Construction for Seismic-prone Areas and for Disaster Recovery from Cyclones/Floods

  • Disaster Recovery Reconstruction Expert from Christchurch
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
14;30 Clearing New Zealand’s Imported Prefab Product Compliance Pathway

  • Compliance with NZ’s performance based building code (seismic activity, exposure to salt-laden winds and sea spray, high ultra-violet light levels and wind-driven rain)
  • Relevance of overseas testing
  • Acquiring building consent with imported prefab product
15;00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Session
15:30 How Modular Construction and Pre-Fabrication Can Solve New Zealand’s 30,000 Labour Shortages
16:00 Financing and Insuring for Prefabrication Projects

  • Where the issues lie for the complicated process of sourcing funds for modular projects?
  • How suppliers should review their payment processes
  • Can financial institutions and insurance companies work out specific plans for funding and insuring such projects?
Joe--rounded Joe Colgan
Senior Project Manager
Octa Associates
16:30 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
17:00 Sustainability & Innovation in Modular Construction in NZ

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

Q&A Session & Closing Remarks by Conference Chairperson