In essence this involves having elements of the build made offsite in stable factory-like conditions and brought to a site and erected quickly. Techlam worked with the team at modhouse to manufacture the engineered timber structural framing for the prototype modular home in the Hawkes Bay.
Many other offsite and prefabricated items accompanied Techlam glulam within modhouse, including cross-laminated flooring (CLT) supplied by Xlam, structurally insulated roofing panels (SIPs) from Metalcraft, and NZ manufactured finishing plywood.
This is all possible by utilising state-of-the-art software and advanced prefabrication techniques to ensure compatibility with the other pre-cut componentry; all working together to ensure the assembly onsite was quick and easy for a seamless construction process that reduced time, tools and labour spent on the project as this speed of construction offsets the upfront capital costs of the materials.
Furthermore, the long-term environmental benefits of modhouse have ensured a reduction in materials, less waste to landfill and greatly reduced energy and water consumption.
modhouse are strong advocates for offsite prefabrication which we believe is the way forward for the speedy delivery of housing in NZ. Engineered timber ticks all the boxes as it is grown in NZ sustainably, is a sustainable product, creates logs for jobs and achieves a simple and easy assembly to provide a solution for many structural requirements.
Note: modhouse does have limited elements of structural steel.