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The Metrapanel System is a house building system based on Metrapanel wall, floor and ceiling panels. The design and construction of the remainder of the building, comprising foundation, flooring, roof, joinery and claddings, is conventional.

The Metrapanel System was developed to create a frameless interior system which replaces timber-frame and plaster-board. According to BRANZ, the system is ‘fit-for-purpose’ and will comply with the NZ Building Code.

Homes built using the Metrapanel System are constructed by Licensed Installers throughout New Zealand. Metrapanel is a product produced by LaminexNZ. The panel is made from compressed wood fibre derived from plantation pine, and heat compressed with an exclusively formulated resin. The re-manufacturing plant then converts the raw board to preprimed Metrapanel after applying two coats of specially formulated Resene sealant.

Metrapanel's solid 2.45m x 7.35m wood panels means there are fewer sheet joins than would be found under timber-framing and plasterboard systems — the homeowner gets the advantage of smooth, strong and durable walls, resulting in extensive cost maintenance savings over time.


key features:


  • BRANZ Appraisal 364 (2015)
  • A plan range that is Lifemark certified and 7/10 Homestar rated
  • Available in three sizes; 36mm walls, 25mm floors and ceilings, and 18mm linings
  • Durabilty and impact resistance, with 640kg/m3 density
  • Level 5 finish with inbuilt insulation
  • Optional added STC ratings
  • Optional added thermal ratings
  • Can achieve a 1S Fire Rating classification for the NZBC and 1 for the NCC upon application of additional specified coatings
  • Metrapanel buildings are suitable for all Wind Zones up to and including Very High
  • Speed of construction by up to 40-60%, perfected 6 week turnaround for an average 160-180sqm home (based on a team of three)
  • 6% more floor space can be achieved with the same footprint, providing larger rooms or an extra small room like an ensuite, office or walk-in wardrobe
  • Design flexibility for tailoring the design to individual requirements
  • Environmentally conscious recyclable product, with reduced wastage as offcuts can be used for shelving, treds and rises, bath cradles and wardrobe organiser
  • Energy efficiency provide 28% savings in cooling and 4% saving in heating energy compared to a typical 94mm traditionally framed hom

scope of use:


Metrapanel can be used as a stand-alone product, or complimentary to other systems leveraging a hybrid approach.

The system can be used in the following applications:

  • Residential (including a plan range from 55-117m2 smaller scale dwellings to 251m2 for family homes or up to 317m2 for extra spacious living)
  • Transportables (including minor dwellings, baches, traditional farm style cottages, granny flats, classrooms and subdivided properties). A factory built environment can deliver a 153sqm transportable house in 4-6 weeks
  • Commercial (including internal office fit outs and partitioning, modular components such as bathrooms for high rise structures and purpose built factories, storage units and two storey apartment complexes)
  • Retirement (including individual units, duplexes, multi-storey complexes, communal facilities and hospitals)
  • Education (including classrooms, gymnasium, school facilities and student accommodation)
  • Ceilings (including a Working from Heights ceiling solution, with Metrapanel ceiling diaphragms that can be up to 12m long)