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Energy Efficient Excellence

Pyes Pa - Metrapanel Central!

Mt Taranaki Farm House

Metrapanel Newspanel Autumn 2017

Nailing It

Multi-unit 2-storey Ceiling

Magpie Starter Homes

The RVA Waikato/Bay of Plenty forum hosted by Metrapanel!

Executive Family Home

Welcome to the Waikato ICS

New PLB Office

Ashlee Dunsmuir

John McNamara

Waikato Home and Garden Show

Auckland Home Show

BuildNZ/DesignEX

PrefabNZ Cluster - Nelson

PrefabNZ Cluster - Whangarei

PrefabNZ Cluster - Auckland

Architecture Week

PrefabNZ Cluster - Christchurch

PrefabNZ Cluster - Auckland

The Green Room - Christchurch

The Green Room - Wellington

The Green Room - Auckland

Metrapanel Newspanel Summer 2016

Metrapanel Newspanel Summer 2016

South Island Transportables

November 2016 Installer Newspanel

Christchurch multi-unit complex

KPMG Smart Construction Report

Construction Technologies Strategy

PWC Value of Construction Sector

November 2016 Brand Manual

Applying Reasonably Practicable Steps

Panelwood Homes Nelson Showhome

Timelapse Custom Construction Installe

New Plymouth Stunner

Passive Solar House

Lang Cove Transportable

Time to Relax - Installer Own Home

IT Wall Brochure 1

2016 Metrapanel Standard Wording

Metrapanel Installers Newspanel September

Room to grow

House of Tonga

Resonably Practical Steps

Metrapanel Company Profile

Terms Of Use

Brand Manual

No Plaster Joins

Student Accommodation

2016 Company Profile

Projects Under Construction Blurb

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Metrapanel Newspanel Winter 2016

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WSNZ Leadership SME guide

Notifiable Events Clarified

Custom Construction Radio Ad

Autumn 2016 Newspanel

May 2016 Newspanel

February 2016 Newspanel

Standard Plan Price List July 2016

DCD Ltd

ACA Apartments

Pod-Tainer

Wesley College

Duncan from ICS talks Metrapanel Ceilings…

Listen to what some of our customers have to say about building and living in a Metrapanel home…

John Cockburn, Placemakers Ashburton

Mike Farrell, Ashburton District Council

Alternative Construction System’s Key Efficiencies

Golden View Lifestyle Village

FAQ’s

Nick Bosanac Builders

Testimonials

The System

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Monopitch plans

New Plans Hip and Gable

Standard Plans Hip and Gable

Vinyl Cladding Complimentary Product

Working from heights

Future-proof with Lifemark

Panelwood Beacon Article

Metrapanel Standard Wording 2016

Metrapanel Newspanel Autumn 2016

New Plan Hip and Gable 2016

New Plan Monopitch 2016

2016 Standard Plan Range Mono Pitch1

2016 Standard Plan Range Hip and Gable

Serious harm becomes a notifiable event

Unipod entry

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Metra Hihi 2

Important Notice!

Unfortunately we have just been notified by the RVA that on the same date of the Regional Forum, the DHB is holding an urgent important meeting regarding the implementation of the equal pay agreement for retirement villages, which for RVA and ACA members takes precedence over our event

Therefore, we are postponing the event to Wednesday 19th July

The amended event details are listed below:

 

Metrapanel and the RVA are back!

After the great success of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty RVA forum, Metrapanel has teamed up with Laing Properties and Lochlea Lifestyle Resort to host...

The Canterbury RVA Forum!

Showcasing their new 19 x 2-storey Metrapanel apartments

   Date:    Wednesday 19th July
Time:    12.00pm to 2.30pm
        Venue:  Lochlea Lifestyle Resort
                    25 Charlesworth Drive
Ashburton

Come to the RVA Forum, hosted at Lochlea Lifestyle Resort, to get an understanding of exactly how the Metrapanel System works, particularly in an apartment complex, and how it could be advantageous for your next project!

Hosted by...

   

 

Click here to register!

 

Lochlea Lifestyle Resort are opening their doors to showcase the Metrapanel System...
Trusted by Kiwis for over 25 years, Metrapanel has been the preferred modular panel housing system for over 9,000 projects across the residential, commercial, education and retirement sectors. The Metrapanel System has been utilised for eight retirement projects New Zealand‐ wide, including four hospitals. From individual units, duplexes and multi‐storey complexes, to communal facilities and hospitals, residents reap the benefits of a naturally‐insulated product with superior insulation from heat, cold and noise. As well, durability is key, resulting in significantly reduced ongoing maintenance costs for the property owner. Controlled costs means no surprises and saving time means saving money, more houses can be built using the same labour resources.

Agenda
12.00pm  Arrive and registration
12.10pm  Induction
12.15pm  Lunch ($10)
12.30pm  Introduction and word from the sponsor ‐ Grant Laing from Laing Properties
12.35pm  RVA update and guest speakers including:

  • Metrapanel - speaking about the history of the company and factory process from raw material to installation
  • Tony Sands from Lochlea Lifestyle Resort - speaking about Lochlea's Retirement projects and the benefits of using the Metrapanel system, maintenance cost savings and how residents feel
  • Innovative Ceiling Systems - speaking about the health and safety advantages with the use of Metrapanel for ceilings
  • Myles Laing - speaking about the time and cost savings with Metrapanel Inter‐tenancy Walls
  • Questions and discussion from the floor

1.50pm   Tour commences - part built villa, completed villa, common areas, 19x 2‐storey                    apartment complex
2.30pm   Tour concludes

Price
This event is free of charge, but please pay $10 cash to Lochlea Lifestyle Resort for lunch.   

This Forum is open to all ACA, RVA, PrefabNZ, Lifemark and NZGBC members nationwide...

For more information please email Ashlee or call 07 828 2071.

   

                          

                                                                                                                                                

Welcome to the Autumn addition of the Metrapanel Newspanel!

With 2017 now in full swing, it's hard to believe Easter is almost here!

Earlier this year the Metrapanel team took a moment to reflect on 2016, which resulted in some impressive statistics. Metrapanel saw a growth of 17.5% in sales, an interesting change identified was that the sale of precut panel decreased by 33 sheets per month compared with 2015, whereas painted sheets increased by 118 sheets per month. This is a result of the increase in ceiling sales during 2016. We hope to see more building companies embracing this safe ceiling system through 2017, and realise the significant benefits from a project perspective, as well as a safety solution! Want to know more about how METRAceilings work? Click on the image below to find out more...                                        

                  


With the RVA Waikato/Bay of Plenty forum hosted by Metrapanel in March, it is timely to look at the connection between Metrapanel and the retirement sector. The Metrapanel System has already been utilised for eight retirement projects throughout New Zealand, these include four hospitals. In 2016, the retirement industry was responsible for 19% of sales for Metrapanel. New Zealand is faced with two big issues in the coming years, one is that the population is constantly increasing and the second is that the population is ageing. PrefabNZ stated that “twice as many rental homes will be headed by an older person than in 2015” furthermore, that people aged “65+ will make up 25% of New Zealanders”. Therefore, retirement villages need to be constructed quickly and with a product like Metrapanel that can stand the test of time, to ensure our elderly are cared for.

But don’t just take our word for it, listen to Claire Neshat, Project Manager of Althorp Village in Tauranga and Les Briggs, Project Manager of Lochlea Lifestyle Resort in Ashburton, talk about their experiences with the Metrapanel System.

Highlights for the year so far!
Although we are only four months into the year, we have already had many great highlights. Here are just some of the features in this Newspanel!

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty RVA forum hosted by Metrapanel, a huge success
  • Metrapanel welcomed two new Gold Installers 'Nailing It' and 'Magpie Starter Homes'
  • The Metrapanel System received an updated BRANZ Appraisal as well as a new BRANZ Appraisal for METRAceilings on Timber Frames
  • John McNamara, Production Planner and Estimator and Ashlee Dunsmuir, Admin/Marketing Coordinator joined the Metrapanel team
  • The Metrapanel Inter-Tenancy System featured in Eboss
  • Sponsorship of the Huntly Thistle AFC
  • 12 new trained Metrapanel Certified Builders, increases our builders to over 150
  • ICS facilitated 2 workshops at INEX
  • PrefabNZ UNIpod was sold on Trademe


In the media

Eboss Feature
EBOSS selected Metrapanel’s article on the Metrapanel Inter-Tenancy Wall System as their monthly feature for February. This feature showcases Laing Properties 42 unit, two-storey apartment complex in Christchurch and highlights the advantages of building with Metrapanel in this particular situation... read more

                            

 

PrefabNZ UNIpod
The PrefabNZ UNIpod was one of the main attractions at the INEX Interior and Exterior Design Expo, held from 31st March to 2nd April. The PrefabNZ UNIpod prototype is the first combined kitchen and bathroom pod in New Zealand and utilises the Metrapanel Inter-Tenancy wall for the internal wall. The UNIpod was sold on Trademe on Sunday 2nd April and will be it will be utilised at the central hub of WikiHouse in Central Wellington read more...

In the office

Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and this last quarter we have been involved with…

NZGBC
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is a not-for-profit, industry organisation. Their vision is that New Zealanders live, work and play in healthy, efficient and productive buildings in a sustainable built environment.

This is achieved through:

  • Promoting the benefits of sustainable buildings by creating a common language and demonstrating the value.
  • Assisting the property and construction sector to acquire the skills and knowledge to be able to deliver a sustainable built environment.
  • Motivating and rewarding the sustainable development and operation of buildings across New Zealand.

Recently NZGBC partnered with Holmes Consulting to form a Waikato chapter to enable more events and opportunities to connect with like-minded NZGBC members and professionals in the region.  Their first event was held on the 23rd March at the Kakariki House in Hamilton, the first certified Green Star Building in the Waikato. The Metrapanel System was used to complete the office fitout for this 2-storey building which required 350 sheets of panel. This event was the first in a series of activities for 2017 for the NZGBC Waikato forum... read more

In the field

From retirement villages and student accommodation, to first home buyers and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be utilised to provide a durable structure built 40-60% faster than traditional methods.

A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

New PLB Office

Anyone who regularly travels on State Highway 1 through Huntly would have noticed the eye-catching new PLB offices. With a growing business and staff PLB needed to relocate on their same site and develop a new modern office... read more

Executive Family Home


This outstanding executive home boasts a 340sqm floor plan comprising of five bedrooms, three bathrooms, four toilets, office quarters, a large media room and an internal quad-garage. The home owner had known about Metrapanel for... read more

Two-Storey Ceiling
Williams Corporation has used Innovative Ceiling Systems to install Metrapanel Ceilings in over 15 homes to-date and have specified the product into a further 28. Recently, Metrapanel was used in a 2-storey, 5 unit 532sqm development. They have found it fantastic to be able to work across the ceiling while doing sub-floor... read more

                               

Welcome to the Waikato ICS!
With Innovative Ceiling Systems thriving in the South Island, a new division has been set up in Hamilton to allow ICS to become established in the Waikato and Auckland Regions. Duncan and the team completed their first stand in the Waikato in February... read more

In the industry

The Metrapanel System is already here and has been for over 27 years now! Having provided and installed panel for over 9,000 homes nationwide, with a strong history boasting only positive experiences and a current network of 17 Licensed Installers and 150+ Certified Builders, we have the experience and factory capacity and capability to take on extended growth throughout New Zealand.

RVA Waikato/Bay of Plenty Forum Hosted by Metrapanel!
On Thursday 9th March we shut down, cleared out the factory, and opened our doors for the RVA Waikato/Bay of Plenty Forum. The regional meeting attracted 40 guests including installers, investors, retirement developers, PrefabNZ, Lifemark and RVA members.

The event included an RVA update from Ed Thomas and a presentation from Melissa, Andrew and our guest speakers – Terry Coombs from HPA, Duncan Leadley from ICS and Grant Laing from Laing Properties. Following the presentations, guests then headed down to PLB/BuiltSmart to view their Show Home and several transportables under construction.  From there, guests were shown PLB/BuiltSmart’s Eastside Heights subdivision. This gave attendees an opportunity to understand the Metrapanel process from the LaminexNZ truck arriving, to cutting and painting of the panel, and then the completion of the house.

Thank you again to all those who attended, to RVA for providing Metrapanel with this opportunity, and to PrefabNZ and Lifemark for promoting the event through their newsletters.

PrefabNZ CoLab 2017
On behalf of Metrapanel's sponsorship, Jarrod Beaman from Panelwood Homes attended the annual PrefabNZ CoLab event last month. Events like this provide great opportunities to network with like-minded people about innovative ideas to address the building issues we currently have in New Zealand, in particular the Auckland Region.

After attending the conference, Jarrod commented that there was a general agreement that we need to radically transform how we produce houses to meet the demand, as what we are currently doing is not working.

By using Metrapanel, Panelwood Homes has a significant advantage in the Auckland market. However, the main issue we are currently facing, especially in Auckland, is that people are weary and reluctant to take the step to realise the advantages of building with Metrapanel compared with traditional building methods. As the uptake of Metrapanel grows, we anticipate that it will not be long until more people discover the benefits of the proven system.

INEX Interior and Exterior Design Expo
Duncan Leadley from Innovative Ceiling Systems facilitated two workshops at the INEX Expo on the 31st March, highlighting the numerous benefits of using METRAceilings. This system eliminates falling-from-heights issues as the 25mm panel provides a solid and safe platform for builders to work on. If you haven't already, head to ICS's website to see the full advantages of using METRAceilings.

In the product range

For all Technical information feel free to utilise our Technical Data Library or our Eboss Library listing. If you would like to be allocated a password for the Technical Data Library, please email Ashlee Dunsmuir.

BRANZ Appraisals
In working with BRANZ closely last year, we have some exciting news on our certifications! The Metrapanel Construction System received a new validity and a re-issue of a new Appraisal at the end of 2015. We also recieved a new Appraisal for Ceilings on Timber Frames read more...

We are also currently working on a third Appraisal, so watch this space...

In the team

Click here to view Metrapanel Licensed Installer Profiles and Show Home locations.

New Installers
We are proud to welcome Stewart Buchanan from ‘Nailing It’, located in Palmerston North. Nailing It joined the Metrapanel team at the end of 2016 and specialise in new residential builds, as well as offering a wide range of services. View their profile to find out more as their website is currently under development.

We also welcome Nigel and Carey Brown from 'Magpie Starter Homes'. This team of brothers are located in South Auckland and build throughout the Auckland and North Waikato regions. Magpie Starter Homes is a recently formed company which build affordable housing using leading-edge technology which is fast, unique and cost effective. Their main products are minor dwellings under 100sqm, as well as sleep-outs and ancillary buildings. Click here to find out more...

New team members!
Earlier this year we welcomed two new members to the team. Ashlee Dunsmuir is our new Office Administrator whose role includes a combination of administration and marketing. We are thrilled to have Ashlee come on board, she is highly motivated and successful in anything she puts her mind to, we have known Ashlee for many years, playing junior soccer alongside our eldest son, and have since seen her reach many notable achievements over the years.

John McNamara is our new Production Planner and Estimator. John brings with him a wealth of experience within the industry and is well networked within the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland regions. A builder by trade, John moved off the tools to become the Manager of ITM in Huntly, followed by Paihia, and then on to Tauranga, over an 11-year period. Recently, John has been the Health and Safety Manger for Te Kauwhata Transport, followed by the Health and Safety and Compliance Manager for Freight Lines, and most recently a Health and Safety Trainer for Driving Success. With vast experience in both building and health and safety, John is a valuable addition to our team.

                           

Training Workshop
Another Metrapanel Certified Builder training workshop was held on 10th February which 12 new builders attended. This included attendees from our new Gold Installer, Nailing It and also Panelwood Homes Nelson, North Shore and Taupo.

This takes our total number of Certified Builders to over 150!

Interested in becoming a Metrapanel Certified Builder?
Even if you are not a licensed Metrapanel Installer you have the opportunity to become a Metrapanel Certified Builder as we aim to have a pool of trained Metrapanel Builders who we can pull on as required to support Installers in meeting demand. For more information click here.

In the community

Huntly Fun Run
Metrapanel recently sponsored the Huntly Thistle Football Club which enabled the Soccer Club to purchase a range of prizes for their first Huntly Fun Run. The Fun Run was open to the Huntly and wider community with all the funds raised contributing towards the coming season for their junior and senior teams. Held on Friday 24th March, this event attracted 193 participants and over $1500 was raised for the club. Huntly Thistle AFC Fun Run organizer Gareth Dodd “thanked Metrapanel very much for their generous donation which contributed to the great success of the event.”

Metra Christmas Function
The Metrapanel team and their families enjoyed an awesome afternoon at Lake Puketirini with the Savage family for Metrapanel's Christmas function. The children (and adults…) enjoyed jet skis, paddle boards, biscuiting and kayaking, as well as a hip-hop dancing lesson from Huntly’s local dance group Growing Swag. To top it off the Huntly Fire Brigade covered Melissa’s and Andrew’s backyard with foam for the kids to enjoy.

Metrapanel has had a long standing relationship with the Huntly Volunteer Fire Brigade, including having current employees and one of Melissa and Andrew’s sons as active members within the Brigade.

Next update in August 2017

Feel free to give Melissa Savage, Business Manager a call direct on 07 828 2073 or email, to discuss any projects or opportunities you would like to investigate with Metrapanel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017

Time:12.00pm - 2:30pm

Venue: Metrapanel

15 Tregoweth Lane

Huntly

Click here to register via your RVA login or here to register via email

Metrapanel is opening their doors...
Trusted by kiwi's for over 25 years, Metrapanel has been the preferred modular panel housing system for over 9,000 projects across the residential, commercial, education and retirement sectors.

The Metrapanel System has been utilised for eight retirement projects New Zealand-wide, including four hospitals. From individual units, duplexes and multi-storey complexes, to communal facilities and hospitals, residents reap the benefits of a naturally-insulated product with superior insulation from heat, cold and noise. As well, durability is key, resulting in significantly reduced ongoing maintenance costs for the property owner.

Controlled costs means no surprises and saving time means saving money, more houses can be built using the same labour resources. Come to the RVA Forum, hosted at the Metrapanel factory, to get an understanding of exactly how the Metrapanel System works, and how it could be advantageous for your next project.

Agenda
12.15pm  Lunch
1.10pm    RVA update, Ed Thomas, Association Manager
1.20pm    Guest Speaker
2.00pm    Factory tour - Where you can view the re-manufacturing process for Metrapanel's panel housing system. Even if you are not planning to build at this stage, the presentation and factory tour are well worth the effort getting to Huntly!

Price
This event is FOC. Please pay $10 cash to Metrapanel for lunch    


This forum is open to all RVA, ACA, Prefab NZ, Lifemark and NZGBC members in the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and is proudly sponsored by...

 

Issue #10 Summer 2016

Welcome to the Metrapanel Newspanel Summer Issue

As the year comes to a close we reflect on a year that for Metrapanel has seen our team within the factory and our wider installer network come together under adversity and go from strength to strength, with the business repeatedly exceeding all previous sales and manufacturing targets throughout the year.

This year we have seen close to 9,000 panels go out the gate to build over 300 homes around the country. The Metrapanel Ceiling System has been installed on an additional 430 homes and this number continues to grow on a daily basis. We have expanded our Installer network by four new gold installers, trained 30 new builders and three new truck drivers. 

Metrapanel has also welcomed to the factory potential developers, installers, and large scale customers to come and view our remanufacturing facilities and processes and get a real understanding of the product, a presentation on how the system comes together and what happens in the factory. If you are interested and would like to have a factory tour, please contact Melissa Savage.  Currently we have the ability to produce panel for up to two houses per day and with the possibility of additional shifts and staff, we have the capability to double capacity very simply.

Developers, investment property owners and retirement village operators, along with government departments are realising the benefits of utilising Metrapanel as the preferred construction method for their projects.  Even though we have been around for 25 years, changing perceptions of how a house “should” be built in New Zealand is not an overnight process, but from experiencing constant new installer enquiries, significantly increased sales figures and industry awareness growing monthly, Metrapanel is becoming the preferred solution in the industry for speed of construction, durability and ongoing maintenance cost savings.

We look forward to seeing what the New Year holds for Metrapanel, our installers and the industry.  With the building boom not looking like it will be slowing down any time soon, the sky is the limit for us all.

Highlights from the last quarter were:

  • 117 Ceilings Installed throughout the country
  • 15 Transportable homes moved onto their new sites
  • 36 Retirement Villas built at various projects in the South Island
  • Tradeline Builders and Marine exhibiting at the Northland Home and Leisure Show in Whangarei
  • Custom Construction exhibiting and presenting at the NZPIF Annual Conference in New Plymouth
  • Metrapanel was the major sponsor of the PrefabNZ + RVA 
  • Panelwood Homes opened a new show home in Nelson
  • New Metrapanel Company Profiles, click here to download a copy
  • Launch of the new Apartment Sector video, click here to see it on our YouTube Channel

In the media

Maxim Construction/Lochlea Village – Business South September 2016

PrefabNZ - September Newsletter 2016

ICS/Lochlea Village - Business View September/October 2016

Shanley Building - Your Home and Garden October 2016

Thermawise - Business Central December 2016

In the office

Metrapanel has a strong focus on setablishing and developing solid working relationships with our Strategic Partners, the last quarter has seen a focus on...

PrefabNZ

Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and year on year have enjoyed, and are very proud of our partnership with PrefabNZ and the relationship we have built with Pamela Bell since being a founding member from 2008.  We believe PrefabNZ plays an integral role in the industry and it is evident that the effort their team has put into educating various sectors on prefab methodology is now starting to achieve some real traction in the market. It is a credit to Pam and the team, and we applaud them for this.

Along with our Installers we have been involved with many events over the years as a sponsors, presenters and delegates, with the latest being the PrefabNZ + RVA Design, Construction and Development update in Auckland in November.  PrefabNZ was established to meet the clear need for a prefabrication industry hub to connect, catalyse, inform, inspire and promote prefabricated building solutions, manufactures and partners. With their recent website upgrade, it is now even easier and faster to obtain all your prefab information

Prebuilt construction is first and foremost a higher quality solution as parts are built in a controlled environment, not on an exposed construction site. It is an efficient and quickly assembled solution that saves time and is a cost-effective solution as 'saving time is the fastest way to save money'

To find out more about PrefabNZ please click here

In the field

From retirement villages and student accommodation, to the first home buyer and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be utilised to provide a durable structure built 30-50% faster than traditional methods.

A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

Laing Cove Beauty

Tradeline Builders and Marine has a reputation within the building industry for going above and beyond what is necessary, and this same philosophy also applies when they are constructing and moving their transportable homes…read more

Laing Properties Transportable

Sometimes the perfect way to get the perfect home is to have it arrive already built, and Laing Properties transportable division have a fantastic range of affordable transportable homes….read more

 

                        

Family home with room to grow

Michelle and Travis Corlett had a few non-negotiables when it came to designing and building their next family home. To have a large open plan living area that was north facing and could accommodate…read more

New Plymouth Stunner

Custom Construction’s first Metrapanel build in New Plymouth went as smooth as it could.  The clients chose Metrapanel for this 243sqm four-bedroom home because they liked how durable the product was and wanted to build with something out of the ordinary…read more

Passive Solar House

Tradeline Builders and Marine has just embarked on an innovative passive solar house build on the outskirts of Whangarei.  Tradeline are passionate about sustainable eco housing, the energy efficiency of your home and using passive design strategies…read more

Chirstchurch multi-unit complex

Laing Properties in Christchurch have developed a reputation within the industry as the go-to multi-unit development Installer.  Having recently completed a 42 unit, 2-storey apartment complex…read more

House of Tonga

Tongan barrister and solicitor Sione Tu’itavake-Fonua has always had the idea of building his own hotel and to see this come to fruition in his native homeland of the Kingdom of Tonga…read more

In the community

Lower Waikato River Trout Sponsorship

Metrapanel was a co-sponsor for the recent Lower Waikato River Trout Contest.  This annual fishing contest takes place in the Waikato River with fishing from Lake Karapriro all the way to Port Waikato...read more  Even with flooding and torrential rain during the week leading up to the event this year, it attracted 118 anglers vying for over $7,000 in prizes.

As the fish were being weighed in, John Charteris (one of the event organisers) was also conducting migratory research on some of the fish that were caught. - It was a good way to track a fish through the river from their spawning grounds, to where it was caught.

This is another great community event that Metrapanel is proud to support.

In the industry

The Metrapanel System is already here and has been for the last 25 years! Having provided and installed panel for over 9,000 homes nationwide, with a strong history boasting only positive experiences and a current network of 15 Licensed Installers and 127 Certified Builders, we have a factory capacity to take on extended growth throughout New Zealand, however we are still looking for some more key installers to hand these opportunity over to.  Please contact Melissa Savage if you have any queries or would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail. 

New Zealand Property Investors Federation Annual Conference

Nathan, Karen and their team at Custom Construction exhibited and presented at the New Zealand Property Investors Federation Conference in October. With around 400 delegates attending the three-day conference, the Custom Construction team did a fantastic job promoting themselves and Metrapanel.

  

Northland Home and Leisure Show

Tradeline Builders and Marine exhibited at the Northland Home and Leisure Show in October.  They have exhibited at the last two shows and found it to be a great way to connect with new and existing clients. Tradeline always has an innovative stand, this year was no different with Aaron building his own Metrapanel furniture to use around the stand.

PrefabNZ + RVA

The annual PrefabNZ+RVA event was held in Auckland this November.  Metrapanel enjoyed being involved with PrefabNZ/RVA and value the events they provide to the Retirement Sector. These events provide an opportunity for Metrapanel to connect directly with our customers and retirement village operators.  To organise a factory tour and presentation on how Metrapanel can benefit your project please contact Melissa Savage

In the product range

For all Technical information feel free to utilise our Technical Data Library or our EBOSS Library listing. If you need a password allocated for the Technical Data Library, please email Rachel Ferregel.

In the team

Click here to view our Metrapanel Licensed Installer Profiles and Show Home locations.

Andrew and Melissa have been focused over the past few months on completing Annual Installer and Equipment Reviews throughout the country.  We take pride in the policies and procedures we have in place for ensuring our end customer has a home built to last, by a proficient builder who operates using equipment which complies with the standards set and enforced by Metrapanel. 

Panelwood Nelson Showhome

Panelwood Homes recently ran an extensive radio and print media campaign, culminating in the Grand Opening of their brand-new Show Home over Labour weekend 2016.  This three-bedroom, 113sqm show home proved to be a huge success with over 50 couples visiting throughout the opening weekend….read more

Next update in March 2017 - Autumn issue!

Until then, have a safe and happy holiday.  We will be closed from Tuesday 20th December until Monday 9th January 2017

 

A man who built his own home while simultaneously working on The Block knows a thing of two about new builds.  Josh Shanley invited Your Home and Garden into his beautiful Oakura home and shares some hard won advise...read more

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Issue #9  Winter 2016

Welcome to the Metrapanel Newspanel Winter Issue

Metrapanel has seen tremendous growth in the first half of 2016, this has been reflected in the industry as a whole. The national value of construction has experienced sustained growth averaging 7% per year since 2011, and is forecast to grow to a peak of $37 billion in 2017.   Referring to the BCI Pipeline Report for Q2 2016 for project within the concept and design stage, the year on year change Q2 2016 vs Q2 2015 show an increase of 24%, and a quarter on quarter change from Q1 2016 to Q2 2016 again shows an increase of 144.4%.  The busy residential market has been hitting the headlines but it is clear from the level of new proposals that develops clearly see plenty more scope for some time to come.

This in turn, represents a rate of growth not seen in over 40 years, and forecasts indicating a peak in 2017 that represents 20% ($6.2 billion) more value than at the end of 2015.  With the focus for most council unitary plans being to increase the number of medium to high density dwellings, the number of multi-unit dwellings consented each year in Auckland is forecast to continue to increase and is expected to overtake detached dwellings by 2021. 

Metrapanel’s IT Wall system is one of the narrowest IT Wall systems on the market, being only 172mm wide. It boasts a STC61 sound rated, with no proprietary linings. It is fast becoming the ‘go-to’ product for these dwellings.  If you would like more technical information on this product, check out our EBOSS listing.

Highlights from the last quarter were:

  • Exhibiting at the RVA Annual Conference
  • Exhibiting at BuildNZ/DesignEX in conjunction with ICS and Laing Properties
  • Presenting to Context Architecture at the TechEd Forum through EBOSS
  • Welcoming three new Metrapanel Gold Installers on board - Nick Bosanac Builders (Franklin/South Auckland area), DCD Ltd (Queenstown area) and Phlex Construction (Auckland area)
  • Metrapanels newly updated website, click here to see it
  • Launch of the new Retirement Sector video, click here to see it on our YouTube Channel
  • ICS producing 2 new videos, click here to see them on our YouTube Channel

 

In the media

Business Central August 2016 - Custom Construction

Building Innovations July 2016 – True Vision Construction

Canterbury Build Magazine July 2016 – Metrapanel, Laing Properties and ICS

Canterbury Build Magazine July 2016 – Laing Properties

Lifemark April Newsletter - Fusion Homes

In the office

Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners, this last quarter we have been involved with...

NZ Foam

Orange is the new pink

Polyurethane spray foam has distinct advantages over traditional forms of insulation currently on the market.  It is known internationally as the best thermal insulation available and has been used on selected Metrapanel projects in the South Island over the last few years.  Having been invented by NASA in 1953 to insulate spacecraft, NZ Foam has brought this insulation product to the New Zealand residential market.

NZ Foam’s aim is to create further awareness and educate builders, architects and home owners alike on the benefits their Codemark Certified product provides This product, also combined with Metrapanel can help create a ‘warmer, dryer, healthier, more comfortable home.

In the field

From retirement villages and student accommodation, to the first home buyer and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be utilised to provide a durable structure built 30-50% faster than traditional methods.

A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

Wesley College

The challenge for Nick Bosanac Builders was to build a new 450sqm block of 5 modern classrooms. It needed to be cost effective, durable, bright,  well ventilated, and completed in time for the start of the second school term to meet the need for more classroom space following the closure of an older block...read more

Vinyl Cladding Complimentary

The team at Panelwood Homes have cottoned on to a new and exciting way to clad their Metrapanel houses – Mitten Vinyl Cladding, it is a cost effective lightweight, insulated exterior cladding system manufactured in Canada since 1959 with a solid 60-year history worldwide and over 30 years use here in New Zealand...read more

Future-Proof with Lifemark

  
 
Jack and Jenny Baird chose Fusion Homes Kiwi design, because of its look and layout.  While in the design process they expressed the importance of building a home designed for life, with features such as...read more
 

Pod-tainer

This innovative Pod-tainer was designed and built by Shane Blind, his brief was to create a compact micro home for friends and family to have holiday time, and it needed to be suitable for two people. It had to be made from a 20ft container, be modern, airy and feel spacious, and also have the ability...read more

Golden View Lifestyle Village


Ground has been broken for the new retirement village in Cromwell, Central Otago.  HPA Group are designing and project managing the new Golden View Lifestyle Village using Metrapanel as the preferred construction method, Terry Coombs (HPA Director) says; “It’s going to be more attractive than...read more

Lochlea Village ACA Apartments

The next stage of Lochlea Village has started; the Assisted Care Apartments began construction in June 2016 and are due to be completed in February 2017 This stage consists of 19 apartments over two levels.  These apartments are a collaboration between HPA working with Laing Properties, who are constructing them...read more

In the community

Metrapanel recently sponsored Huntly local Phobe Comins, to help her get to the 17th International Va’a Waka Ama Federation World Sprint Championships in Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.   It was attended by the best of the best from 23 countries and 2200 paddlers battled it out on the water for world championship titles.  Phobe’s team ranked 9th for the 1000m and 10th for the 500m races.  Phobe said the experience has given her a real fire in her belly to push further and do better at the next World Sprint Championships in 2018 in Tahiti.

In the industry

The Metrapanel System is already here and has been for the last 25 years! Having provided and installed panel for over 9,000 homes nationwide, with a strong history boasting only positive experiences and a current network of 15 Licensed Installers and 127 Certified Builders, we have a factory capacity to take on extended growth throughout New Zealand, however we are still looking for some more key installers to hand these opportunity over to.  Please contact Melissa Savage if you have any queries or would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail. 

RVA Annual Conference in conjunction with HPA

  

Over the course of the two day RVA conference, the Metrapanel/HPA stand was well frequented by attendees, most were interested in learning more about the Metrapanel system and what products are available. Several owners who were either extending or building new villages expressed interest in using Metrapanel after discovering the benefits of speed of construction, durability and reduced maintenance. Also exhibiting was PrefabNZ with their UNIpod on display - we are proud to be involved with this project and which also complimented our stand very well showing a cut through wall section of Metrapanel.

BuildNZ/DesignEX Christchurch 2016

Metrapanel in conjunction with two of our platinum installer Laing Properties and ICS, recently exhibited at the BuildNZ/DesignEX over three days in Christchurch at the beginning of August.  Overall we felt the event was very successful. The increase in brand recognition for all three exhibitors through the targeted market of specifiers and builders was definitely worthwhile.  We got to know and establish potential working relationship with some of our competitors and discover other complimentary products that can aid in producing an complete overall solution for the clients in many different markets. If you want to know more about Metrapanel or our other exhibiting partners Laing Properties or ICS our websites have a wealth of knowledge, as does our EBOSS Listing and Youtube Channel

Where can you see Metrapanel out and about

In the product range

For all Technical information feel free to utilise our Technical Data Library or our EBOSS Library listing. If you need a password allocated for the Technical Data Library, please email Rachel Ferregel.

Context Architecture Workshop

EBOSS now manages an in-practice product forum across architectural practices and tertiary institutions. TechEd forums consist of 8 -12 themed product displays. They are curated displays with good models and technical staff in attendance to answer questions. The first TechEd forum for Context Architect was held on Thursday 14th July.  The theme was Inter Tenancy Walls showing the range of products available and how they are installed, Metrapanel was invited along with GIB, USG Boral and James Hardie.


Myles Laing from Laing Properties went with Metrapanel’s Technical Adviser Codi Singer to talk to the team. Our team was able to educate the architects on the system.  Some of the keys points discussed included...

  • One of the narrowest of the IT Wall systems on the market, being only 172mm wide
  • STC61 rating
  • Load bearing up to 3 stories
  • Click here to see our IT Wall brochure

Our EBOSS Library listing has a detailed section on the IT Wall System, along with technical and insulation manuals.  Click here to view our listing 

In the team

Click here to view Metrapanel Licensed Installer Profiles and Show Home locations.

Certified Builder Training

June saw Metrapanel run a training workshop in Queenstown, training seven builders.  The next day we ran a Driver Training session with R&R Haulage in Cromwell, sending 2 team members through.  With the current growth in the Queenstown and Cromwell areas, we are excited to have new Licensed Installer DCD Ltd and more Certified Builders and Drivers on the ground in Central Otago.

New Installers

This year we have been focused on bringing new quality installers on board, and are now able to introduce three great companies to the network…

Nick Bosanac Builders (Franklin/South Auckland area)

With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Nick and Kylie from Bosanac Builders have grown from a one-man-band to now employing 8 guys, and looking to hire more. They like to lead by example and are firm believers in ensuring their workmanship is to a standard they would want to have in their own homes.


Why Metrapanel? It is a very quick system, without compromising on quality or finishing.  It is something unique that they can offer their clients a quality product, along with reducing their build time. Already completing the Wesley College 450sqm block of 5 modern classrooms (see the featured projects), Nick is gaining traction in the market, particularly in the Franklin/South Auckland regions…read more

Phlex Construction (Auckland area)

With over 11 years’ experience within the panel industry and its various applications in Australia, Taylor Ball from Phlex Construction has recently relocated to New Zealand.  He has established a team of 12 and is working on various jobs throughout the North Island and Pacific Islands.

Why Metrapanel? Their extensive panel experience brought them to Metrapanel.  Metrapanel’s quality, durability and cost saving are second to none in the current market place. Panel homes and architecture are the way of the future.  It is only a matter of time before panel becomes the status quo here in New Zealand, as it is in the likes of Australia…read more

DCD Limited (Queenstown area)

DCD is a Queenstown based boutique building company. Dennis Dowling is the owner and operator, his career has spanned more than 20 years across six different countries, working in the forefront of the building and construction industry. We are a dedicated team of experienced builders and craftsmen who love what we do and where we live. 

Why Metrapanel? It is a quality product, with a high level of finish.  The speed of the whole process from start to finish is fantastic.  We feel it is an ideal product for first home buyers and the rental investment market…read more

If you are interested to learn more about Coming on Board with Metrapanel and becoming a Metrapanel Certified Builder or a Metrapanel Licenced Installer. Please follow the links and send your Expression of Interest to Metrapanel System, Business Manager Melissa Savage.

Next update in October 2016 - Spring issue!

Feel free to give Melissa Savage, Business Manager a call direct on 07 828 2077 or email, to discuss any projects or opportunities you would like to investigate with Metrapanel.
 

“There are a number of benefits right across the trades, you can wrap the place up quicker and it's water tight.  The pre primed product make painting a lot quicker, and that reduces the cost.  Time is money, to be competitive you need to look for the most innovative ways of doing things.  We have found the Metrapanel ceilings to be very successful with covering off all of those things.”

“All of our men quite like inspecting the houses with Metra ceilings.  They can get up on top of the roof and are totally safe.  You can jump up and down on them and it definitely doesn’t go anywhere.  You don’t have to worry about safety nets, where you put your feet, or what you’re going to hold onto.  You’ve got plenty of space to walk on.  I reckon it’s a great product.”

A product manufacturer and two of its dedicated trained installers will be teaming up at the BuildNZ/DesignEX trade event in Christchurch from August 4-6.  Both Laing Properties and Innocatice Ceiling Systems (ICS) have long sung the praises of Metrapanel...read more

More on Metrapanel... 

What is Metrapanel made from?

  • Metrapanel is a product produced by LaminexNZ where the panel is made from compressed wood fibre derived from plantation pine, and heat compressed with an exclusively formulated resin. Our re-manufacturing plant then converts the raw board to preprimed Metrapanel after applying two coats of specially formulated Resene sealant. The panel is manufactured in accordance with the standard.

What is the structural performance of Metrapanel?

  • If designed, used, installed and maintained in accordance with the scope and limitations of the BRANZ Appraisal, the Metrapanel wall and ceiling panels, and connections will meet the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) Clause B1 Structure – Performance B1.3.1, B1.3.2 and B1.3.4. The Metrapanel System meets the requirements for loads arising from self-weight, imposed gravity loads, earthquake, snow and wind (i.e. B1.3.3(a), (b), (f), (g) and (h).
  • The ground floor construction platform must comprise of a concrete slab on ground constructed in accordance with NZS3604, or a suspended timber framed floor supported on a concrete wall or piled foundation, and the first floor load must not exceed 1.5kPa.
  • Roof pitches must be greater than 5 degrees but not exceed 30 degrees.

What height can you build up to with Metrapanel?

  • The Metrapanel system can be used for a 2.7m stud height and as per the Metrapanel Construction Manual a wall height of 3m can be accommodated.

How durable is Metrapanel? 

  • Metrapanel is classed as a medium density product at 650kg/m3, making it robust and highly resistant to impacts associated with every day wear and tear, particularly for student accommodation, rental properties, retirement villages, warehouses, and hospitals.
  • Transportable houses prove the superior qualities of the Metrapanel system by remaining rigid during transportation and only requiring minor touch ups once delivered to site.
  • If designed, used, installed and maintained in accordance with the scope and limitiations of the BRANZ Appraisal, the Metrapanel wall and ceiling panels, and connections will meet the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) Clause B2 Durability – Performance B2.3.1 (a) 50 years.

How does Metrapanel stand up to moisture? 

  • Metrapanel is moisture resistant and all cut or exposed edges are treated with a specially formulated paint to give it all round protection from water ingress. Metrapanel has been certified to cope with 28 days exposure before covering, but obviously the sooner it is protected the better.
  • As per the BRANZ Appraisal, Metrapanel can be used for wet areas such as ‘Water Splash’ and ‘Shower Areas’ but must be waterproofed. This can be achieved using proprietary rigid shower lining systems, flexible vinyl shower wall finish or tiling. Tiling shower areas must include a wet area waterproofing membrane system under the tiles. The incorporation of vented windows and other forms of permanent ventilation are recommended in all rooms to ensure adequate air circulation and to prevent the build-up of moisture levels. Walls and ceilings in wet areas that are outside the ‘Water Splash’ and ‘Shower Areas’ may be finished with a protective paint system.
  • The use of Metrapanel wall and ceiling panels has not been assessed for rooms exposed to sustained high humidity’s (greater than 85% RH) such as a sauna, or areas where the temperatures are in excess of 35 degrees for prolonged periods such as ceiling heating installations, or in excess of 50 degrees in localised areas (e.g. adjacent to a fuel burning appliance)

What do I do if I get a water leak?

  • As a general guideline, repair the water leak, allow the panel to dry thoroughly and shrink back to size, and finish as per Metrapanel finishing guide. For major damage you may need to cut out the area and replace it with a new piece of panel, plaster and repaint.

What is the ‘R’ rating on a Metrapanel home?        

  • By combining conventionally fitted joinery and exterior cladding (as per timber framed buildings) with Metrapanel, a thermal insulation rating of up to R6.0 can be achieved.

Does Metrapanel release toxins?

  • As per the BRANZ Appraisal 364, ‘Metrapanel wall, floor and ceiling panels will not present a health hazard to people’. Results of a formaldehyde monitoring investigation have been obtained and show that the air concentration of formaldehyde in a number of finished houses is acceptable being below the WHO guideline for ‘no concern’, which is 0.05ppm.
  • If designed, used, installed and maintained in accordance with the statements and conditions of the BRANZ Appraisal, the Metrapanel wall and ceiling panels, and connections will meet the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) Clause F2 Hazardous Building Materials – Performance F2.3.1.

What cost advantages are there with using Metrapanel?

  • The Metrapanel product cost is comparative to traditional timber framing system. However, as a result of the 40-60% faster construction, considerable savings are made on labour and finance costs, and your quote isn’t padded to allow for bad weather days.
  • Due to the large 7.35x2.45 sheet size, less stopping and painting is required, and the durability benefits result in significant maintenance cost savings.

What is the width, length, thickness, weight of the panels?

  • 36mm wall panels 7350x2450, weighs 416kg
  • 25mm ceiling panels 7350x2450, weighs 288kg
  • 25mm flooring panels 7350x2450, weighs 288kg
  • 18mm wall panels 7350x2450, weighs 214kg

What is the largest size home that can be transported?

  • 8.5 metres wide by 23 metres long - 190sqm

Can Metrapanel ceilings be used as a ceiling diaphragm?

  • Providing the ceiling panels meet the requirements as set out in section 5.3 of the Metrapanel Design and Construction Manual, Metrapanel ceilings may be used as a ceiling diaphragm.

How do the sound ratings of Metrapanel compare to traditional construction?

  • Metrapanel walls can provide an STC rating from 28 to 61 depending on the composition of the wall (statement from Auckland University 2006).
  • For noisy areas such as music rooms, home theatres and media centres, Metrapanel has a system that can achieve a STC50 rating.
  • For Inter-tenancy walls between separate household units, Metrapanel has a system that can achieve a desired STC61 rating. The inter-tenancy walls are constructed to provide structural support and both fire and sound insulation between habitable spaces from one dwelling to another. This Inter-tenancy Wall Design and Construction also boasts a FRR 30/30/30 fire resistance rating.

What is the maximum snow loading for Metrapanel?

  • Snow loading shall not exceed 1.5kPa without a specific engineered design.

What is the maximum wind zone for Metrapanel?

  • Metrapanel buildings are limited to all Wind Zones up to and including Very High without specific engineered design.

Why METRA?

Design flexibility
The smooth easily achieved Level 5 finish of Metrapanel requires minimal special preparation other than normal sanding. You can paint or paper directly onto it, and place fittings or hang pictures virtually anywhere with Metrapanel because surfaces are solid from edge to edge. Metrapanel is compatible with all usual cladding systems, masonry, timber, brick or exterior panels.

Reduced build time
A home built with Metrapanel goes up quickly and efficiently. An average sized project usually takes just one day to position and secure. Once the floor slab is down, houses built with Metrapanel are completed 40-60% faster than traditional construction methods. Weather is never a problem for Licensed Metrapanel Installers as Metrapanel is pre-primed to ensure it stays weather resistant for up to 28 days. Therefore, no time is wasted waiting for things to dry.

Cost savings
A Metrapanel building takes less time to complete and therefore costs less - labour charges are lower, the stopping cost is minimal, finance costs are reduced, and your quote isn’t padded to allow for bad weather days.

Impact Resistance
The perfection of Metrapanel is almost impossible to dent. At 650kg/m3, the density of a Metrapanel wall is significantly higher than that of solid timber. This means it can really take the bumps and bangs of everyday life, particularly in the social housing, retirement and education sectors. Therefore, the maintenance savings over time is significant.

Environmentally conscious
The Metrapanel system uses a construction panel made from engineered wood fibres and flakes – using waste product from existing manufacturing of timber means we don’t need to cut down any new trees to produce Metrapanel. Also, the speed of construction helps lessen the impact on the surroundings.

Issue #8: Autumn 2016

Welcome to the Autumn Issue of the Metrapanel Newspanel.

Although the Metrapanel team were faced with a terrible accident in January, which has devastated us all, we are now able to start looking forward to the year ahead.
The opportunities for prefabrication in the construction industry are exponential, with NZ consents at a record high since 2005 comprising 2,379 new dwellings in February 2016, and the retirement and social housing sectors forecasting a shortfall of 75,000 homes, as well, the new city focus being on multi-unit development, and non-residential activity also at its highest. Along with new classrooms required to accommodate the predicted 107,000 extra students by 2030.

Construction in NZ is boosting the GDP and interest rates are decreasing. Therefore, the need to diversify to combat record high house prices and housing for the surging migrant flows is significant - Metrapanel is the answer!

Highlights from the last quarter were:

  • New BRANZ appraisal obtained
  • Metrapanel is now LIVE on the EBOSS Library 
  • Being a component in the winning Unipod entry
  • ISC website goes live
  • Launch of 3 new plans to keep up with the changing demands of modern family living
  • Getting out and about spreading the word with ICS at the Site Safe Conference; Custom Construction presenting at the PrefabNZ New Plymouth Cluster Meeting; Laing Properties showcasing the use of the Metrapanel IT walls in Housing New Zealand apartments on the Housing Matters – Beacon and PrefabNZ tour.
  • Metrapanel feature on TV3, Story Programme, Tuesday 19 April 2016
  • Custom Construction exhibit at the Taranaki Home and Lifestyle Show

IN THE MEDIA

TV3, Story Programme 19 April 2016

New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Vol 31/11

The Whakatane Beacon, 26 January 2016

Metrapanel, a component in winning Unipod entry
An innovative design by Wellington’s First Light Studio has emerged as the winner of the PrefabNZ UniPod design competition. The UniPod is an open-source universally accessible bathroom pod that is designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications, think social housing, retirement villages, and apartment buildings. Metrapanel is specified as both the 36mm ceiling panel and the 36mm double skinned service cavity walls

"As a young company dedicated to producing future-thinking architecture that enhances the wellbeing of people and the environment, we are thrilled to win PrefabNZ’s UniPod competition. Accessible bathroom design too often brings to mind sterile materials, cold grab-rails and clunky fixtures, so we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to show that a universal bathroom pod can be beautiful as well as functional, durable and economical. We focused on creating a bathroom that not only allowed for easy, comfortable use and movement but which would be a truly enjoyable space to be in." says Anna Farrow of First Light Studio

Click here to view their winning entry

Metrapanel is now LIVE on the EBOSS library
EBOSS is an online library of product catalogues from 225 of New Zealand’s leading architectural product suppliers.  It is the most widely used architectural product database in New Zealand. Launching in 2007, architects and architectural designers quickly adopted it as the Internet resource for architectural product literature and drawings. In recent years EBOSS has seen significant growth in registrations from the large New Zealand trade audience.  Metrapanels’ decision to become a part of the library was a simple one – to get in front of as many specifiers as possible and arm them with the technical information and knowledge to go back to their clients with confidence in the product they are recommending.

Beacon Housing Matters with PrefabNZ Prebuilt Site Tour 
Housing Matters is a series of workshops and site visits to bring investors, designers, developers, builders, researchers, regulators and planners together to share information, explore case studies, develop opportunities for collaboration, and focus on solutions for quality housing development in Canterbury. 
 
Metrapanel Platinum Installer - Laing Properties were involved in a recent event on 9 March in Christchurch, they wish to thank all those who attended the event.  It included an opportunity to visit a recently completed HNZ apartment complex by Laing Properties using the Metrapanel inter-tenancy wall system. These units highlight the advantages of the Metrapanel IT wall system, STC rating of 61, 30min two way fire wall.  The HNZ apartment block viewed has a multi-use consent.  Laing Properties carried out the project management and build of this project.  The Metrapanel System is BRANZ Appraised for up to 2-storeys based on the scope of the Design and Construction Manual.  If your requirements are outside of this they will need to be engineered based on the site specifications. 

IN THE OFFICE

Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and this last quarter has become an associate member of…

RVA
The Retirement sector is a growth area that Metrapanel is focused on. Having built six retirement villages and four hospitals over time, Metrapanel have been able to perfect the offering, alongside Installers and Developers to achieve strong case studies and testimonials. Now an associate member of the RVA ‘Retirement Villages Association’, Metrapanel is involved in opportunities directly with retirement village owners and have been able to educate through speaking engagements.  The Retirement Villages Association’s strength and position in New Zealand comes from its combined village membership which accounts for more than 95% of all registered villages in New Zealand. 

With a total industry investment approaching $106bn (and growing daily), the RVA is the industry’s authoritative voice in New Zealand, looking after members and the well-being of more than 32,000 retirement village residents The Retirement Villages Association has forecast that operators will need to build 800-1,200 dwellings annually to meet rising demand as New Zealanders age, based on an average village of 150 dwellings, this would mean a further 30,000 homes would be needed by 2030.

80 retirement villas constructed with Metrapanel
“We have experienced no problems or damage with villa’s constructed of this material, which has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars saved in unnecessary repair costs when refurbishing villas. We would highly recommend this product to any future purchasers”. Henry Van Dyk, Trust Board Chairman, Rangiura Retirement Village and Home for the Elderly

100 homes and a private hospital constructed with Metrapanel
“The walls have an excellent smooth internal finish and because the walls are 36mm thick it is very difficult to sustain damage and therefore the repair and maintenance of everyday use is minimal. Our residents often comment on how warm the houses are in the winter and cool in the summer”. Claire Neshat, Manager, Althorp Village

IN THE FIELD

From Retirement Villages and student accommodation, to the first home buyer and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be used to provide a durable structure built 30-50% faster than traditional methods.
A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

The clients were a young family, who wanted a future-proof, smart, functional, modern and energy efficient home. This 122sqm home was originally based off of a standard plan but altered and redesigned by Forever Architecture and constructed by Fusion Homes.  The strength, speed of construction, premium finish and the size of the panels, which meant no plaster joins in their bedrooms, were the main influences in their decision to build using the Metrapanel System.

Perched high on a steep site in the Port Hills of Christchurch, this unique home is supported by a strong timber pole foundation and steel subfloor.  The site itself proved challenging, with the construction of robust retaining walls and City Council and Engineering requirements for hill builds in Christchurch.  When first entering the home you notice the spaciousness, with the raking ceiling in the main living area and also featuring high windows for additional light.  Both the master bedroom and bedroom two have French doors that open out onto a deck, highlighting a fantastic view across the city.  With a bathroom for the children and an ensuite off the master bedroom for the adults, this home is compact, however utilizing the Metrapanel System provides extra floor space throughout.

In January, Metrapanel sent another four villas down to McKenzie Village in Geraldine. Metrapanel has been proudly associate with the McKenzie Village for the past five years, Maxim Construction is the local Metrapanel Installer in Geraldine having completed 45 units in this village to date.

Over the past two years we have completed 158x2 storey apartment units for HNZ in the Christchurch region alone.  The final five units were delivered in February.  These units highlight the advantages of the Metrapanel IT wall system, STC rating of 61, and 30min two way fire wall.  

IN THE COMMUNITY

Andrew Boyd, a long standing member of the Metrapanel Board of Advisors and also the Chief Executive of HealthShare Ltd, is a very busy man.  He manages the regional shared services organisation that supports five District Health Boards, 12,000 health and care professionals and 884,000 health consumers within the Midland Region.

He has decided to step out of his comfort zone by abseiling down the iconic Deloitte Building, in Hamilton on 12 June. He is raising money for the Foundation for Youth Development who facilitate inspirational, effective programmes proven to bring positive changes to the lives of young New Zealanders. 

"I've jumped out of a perfectly well functioning aircraft and bungy jumped off bridges, but I have never walked down the side of a slippery glass office block. I trust the Abseil Team will find some particularly strong ropes to support the HealthShare team 'drop their boss'.  ”said Andrew

Current Andrew has raised over $1000 for FYD but they are looking at raising $30,000 from the event.  Click here to follow the link if you are wanting to donate.  Good luck Andrew from the Metrapanel Team.

Click here to read the article in the Waikato Times

IN THE INDUSTRY   

The Metrapanel System is already here and has been for the last 25 years! Having provided and installed panel for over 9,000 homes nationwide, with a strong history boasting only positive experiences and a current network of 15 Licensed Installers and 126 Certified Builders, we have a factory capacity to take on extended growth throughout New Zealand, however we are still looking for some more key installers to hand these opportunity over to.  Please contact Melissa Savage if you have any queries or would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail. 

Where can you see Metrapanel out and about:
• Metrapanel, ICS and Laing Properties are exhibiting at the BuildNZ Expo 4 – 6 August

IN THE PRODUCT RANGE

Literature Update
The Metrapanel System updated BRANZ Appraisal #364 (2015), Issue Date:21 December 2015, along with the latest version of the Design & Construction Manual V1 are available now.  You can access both documents through the Technical Library on the Metrapanel website.

Please note, these MUST replace any previous versions you may be using.  If you have any questions or require a login for the technical library contact Rachel Ferregel.

New Plans
Along with Installer feedback, we have now completed three new plans.  Regular requests had been received for design options incorporating two lounges for the predominant target market of growing families.  Whilst still meeting the focus of a sophisticated modern suburban style home. These are available to view on our website on both mono-pitch and hip and gable roof line plans. 

Matipo
This 4 bedroom, 237m2 plan boast a generous living and dining area with a separate office and 2nd closed off living area and laundry.

Hihi
This 3 bedroom, 215m2 plan has a large open plan kitchen, living and dining along with a 2nd living area and separate office.
Kokako
The 3 bedroom, 174m2 plan is a great for a first home or investment property.   This compact design features an open plan living area that opens onto a central courtyard.

IN THE TEAM

Click here to view Metrapanel Licensed Installer Profiles and Show Home locations.

New Certified Builder Training
We held our first North Island training for the year on the 8 April, this was attended by 12 builders from three different installers from as far away as Geraldine and Whangarei.  It is great to see more and more builders enhancing their skill set and knowledge by becoming Metrapanel Certified.  We now have 126 Certified Builders throughout the country.

If you are interested to learn more about becoming a Metrapanel Certified Builder or a Metrapanel Licenced Installer please follow the links and send your Expression of Interest to Metrapanel System Business Manager, Melissa Savage

Factory Accident
Metrapanel has had a rough start to the year.  We had a fatal accident in our factory in January, and we are devestated to have lost a friend and colleague...

“ We thought of you today, but that is
nothing new.  We thought about you
yesterday, and the day before that too.
We think of you in silence, we often
speak your name. All we have are
memories and pictures in a frame.
God has you in His arms now,
and you’re forever in our hearts… “

NEXT UPDATE IN August 2016 – Winter Issue!

Until then, have a great few months and feel free to give Melissa Savage, Business Manager a call direct on 07 828 2077 or email melissa@metrapanel.co.nz , to discuss any projects or opportunities you would like to investigate with Metrapanel.

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