Welcome to the Winter edition of the Metrapanel Newspanel!

Since the previous Metrapanel Newspanel was sent out in March there are been some significant changes here at Metrapanel! As of 1 July 2017, Metrapanel changed ownership from Melissa and Andrew Savage to Lance James. Lance James has been a Metrapanel Platinum Installer with Panelwood Homes since 2010, Lance brings a comprehensive background in the building industry and is excited at what the future holds for Metrapanel. Lance believes the market is going to continue to experience huge growth, and Metrapanel is fundamental to achieving this demand in the New Zealand housing market.
So, after 10 years at the helm of the business, we sadly farewell Melissa who moves on to new ventures. We wish Melissa all the very best for the future and thank her for the amazing work and great relationships she has built over the years.
Taking on Melissa’s role is new General Manager, Richard Younger, who we welcome to the team. Read on to find out more about Richard.

Highlight from the last quarter!

  • The Metrapanel Canterbury RVA forum was a successful event
  • The BuiltSmart team hosted current Prime Minister Bill English
  • Metrapanel released a new, thinner IT Wall option
  • Panelwood Homes attended the annual PrefabNZ CoLab event
  • METRAceilings was launched on EBOSS
  • A Metrapanel Certified Builder training was held in Christchurch
  • Panelwood Homes hosted the Auckland PrefabNZ Cluster event
  • Custom Construction hosted a seminar on the benefits of using Metrapanel
  • Richard Younger joins Metrapanel as the new General Manager
  • New Gold Installer, Nailing It, are off to a flying start!

In the Media

Canterbury Build Magazine
Metrapanel supported Fusion Homes with their recent feature in Canterbury Build Magazine. This editorial focuses on the great work that Fusion Homes do to create affordable energy efficient homes with a luxury style finish. Click here to read the full article...

Fusion Homes 2017 Playhouse Challenge 
Metrapanel recently donated panel towards Fusion Homes’ entry into the 2017 Playhouse Challenge. The Playhouse was on display and auctioned at the Star Home and Leisure Show on Saturday 1 July with all proceeds being shared between Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch) and Birthright Canterbury.
The Fusion Homes Playhouse won ‘Best Designed’ and sold for an impressive $5000! Congratulations to Chris Haughey and the Fusion Homes team! Click here to check out Fusion Homes’ Playhouse.

PrefabNZ June Newsletter
Metrapanel featured in the PrefabNZ June Newsletter. Click here to read the full article…

In the Office

Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and for over 5 years now we have been involved with…

Safewise provide us with health and safety management which includes internal and external training, facilitating of regular health and safety meetings and being on hand at any time to answer any queries we may have and often play a vital role in the development of the business. The health and safety aspect of our business is massive, and Safewise help ensure we are kept up to date and have the best practices possible to keep our workplace safe.
For more information on Safewise, check out their website or email Tracey Murphy.

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:

Pyes Pa - Metrapanel Central!

Windermere Developments, a Platinum Installer based in Tauranga, has been building with Metrapanel for almost 15 years throughout the Bay of Plenty. Windermere is an Installer who often flies under the radar, Russell Braithwaite the Managing Director obtains work through word of mouth and has a reputation of being a quality builder... Read more

Nailing It's First Metra Build

As a result of a random TradeMe deal, Stew Buchanan learnt about the Metrapanel System from this TradeMe seller who happened to be Duncan Leadley from Innovative Ceiling Systems (ICS). The pair got talking about ICS, which lead into the Metrapanel System, and the rest is history! It was perfect timing as Stew was setting up his new building company… Read more

Mt Taranaki Transportable
When you want a quality home built fast, it is hard to look past a Metrapanel Transportable. By building this home onsite at Taranaki Building Removers in New Plymouth, Custom Construction was able to save costs as tradesmen did not have to travel to the final site of the house each day, which is over 50km away at the base of Mt Taranaki... Read more


Porthole Views
Showcasing stunning views of the Kaipara Harbour, this charming two bedroom, 78sqm holiday home built by Tradeline Builders and Marine includes an open plan living room and kitchen dining, cedar cladding and a round window. Constructed under cover in Tradeline’s yard in Whangarei, this home was separated and transported over 60km to its final site in Pahi, Northland… Read more

Energy Efficiency Excellence
Dowling Construction & Development (DCD) is a Metrapanel Gold Installer based in beautiful Queenstown. DCD construct high-quality, thermally efficient homes that utilise METRACeilings. Dennis Dowling, the Managing Director of DCD, spent time researching a solution to create an airtight envelope whilst still being cost effective... Read more

Ceiling Diversity

Forget about traditional plaster board! There are too many joins, you have to install nets and the overall process is time consuming. METRAceilings is an innovative, high quality and safe product, which is installed 40-60% faster. With the success of Innovative Ceiling Systems in Ashburton and Christchurch, its only a matter of time until more and more builders are utilising our METRAceilings… 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.

BuiltSmart host Prime Minister Bill English!
BuiltSmart has been selected as a Housing New Zealand preferred builder, congratulations to the BuiltSmart team on this achievement! As a result of this, and BuiltSmart having a great relationship with local MP Lindsay Tisch, Prime Minister Bill English visited the Huntly-based builders in April to learn more about the company. We were invited to attend and it was a fantastic opportunity for Metrapanel and BuiltSmart to showcase what we have to offer. We look forward to the opportunities that arise from BuiltSmart being named as a preferred builder for Housing New Zealand.

Metrapanel RVA Canterbury Forum

After the great success of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Retirement Villages Association (RVA) forum, Metrapanel teamed up with Laing Properties and Lochlea Lifestyle Resort to host the RVA Canterbury Regional forum on 19 July at Lochlea Lifestyle Resort in Ashburton.
Lochlea Lifestyle Resort provided a beautiful venue for this forum, which covered the benefits of building with the Metrapanel Systems, in particular within the retirement sector.  Laing Properties recently completed the Assisted Care Apartments at Lochlea Lifestyle Resort which showcase the Metrapanel System, in particular the IT Wall. The forum included a tour through these recently completed apartments as well as being able to see completed Metrapanel Villas and others currently under construction by Maxim Homes.
Thank you to NZGBC, PrefabNZ and Lifemark for promoting this event to your database. Thank you to the RVA for providing us with this opportunity to host the event along with Laing Properties. Thank you also to Tony Sands from Lochlea Lifestyle Resort for providing such a stunning venue for this event and being so accommodating throughout.

Registered Master Builders- House of the Year Results!

Congratulations to DCD Ltd, Fusion Homes and Custom Construction, who received awards in the 2017 Master Builder House of the Year competition!
Fusion Homes
Fusion Homes took home three awards for the Canterbury region including a Bronze award within the ‘New Home $550,000 - $700,000’ category, and a Lifestyle and Silver award within the ‘Builders Own Home’ category. Click here to see these award-winning homes…


DCD received two awards for the Southern region, a Gold award for the ‘New Home $1 million - $2 million’ category, and a Silver within the ‘Builder’s Own Home’ category. DCD uses METRAceilings for all their builds, click here to check out these stunning homes from DCD…


Custom Construction

Custom Construction received the top award for the Taranaki region for their new build in Opunake. Custom Construction built a beautiful 499sqm home which took home a total of 6 awards! Although this home is not constructed with Metrapanel as was designed prior to Custom Construction becoming Metrapanel Installers, it is great to see Custom Construction win this fantastic award! Click here to check it out…

Jarrod from Panelwood Homes speaks at the Auckland PrefabNZ Cluster Event

Approximately 60 people attended the Auckland PrefabNZ Cluster event held at the award winning studio of Peddle Thorp architects along the Auckland City Waterfront. Jarrod Beaman from Panelwood Homes spoke on behalf of Metrapanel showcasing the use of the System with a particular focus on the Metrapanel IT Walls options.
The prevailing theme from all in attendance was to keep looking for those “game changers” or innovative and smarter building approaches to ensure that the Auckland residential and commercial markets are serviced more efficiently, and cost effectively given the time and labour shortages currently experienced. Several students working on PHD’s at Auckland University also showed a significant interest in researching and interviewing Metrapanel in the near future as part of their thesis. Thank you to PrefabNZ for this opportunity.

Custom Construction Seminar
Custom Construction hosted a seminar for specifiers on 1st August in New Plymouth on the benefits and advantages of building with the Metrapanel System, particularly in relation to apartments. Nathan Mumby from Custom Construction said, “the seminar went really well, it was a great networking opportunity but there is still a lot of education required within the Taranaki region to get designers on board.” If you are based in Taranaki and want to learn more about the Metrapanel System then pop in and chat to Nathan and the team at Custom Construction or check out their Facebook page for more information.

In the Product Range

The Metrapanel Technical Data Library is currently under construction. For Technical Support, please contact Codi Singer on 07 828 2072 or codi@metrapanel.co.nz. Alternatively refer to our Eboss listing for technical information.

Ceilings Launch on Eboss!
METRAceilings are now live on our EBOSS page! EBOSS is New Zealand's largest architectural product information database for specifiers, with an online library of product catalogues from 220 of New Zealand’s leading architectural product suppliers, it enables us to continue our growth within the industry. 

While on the topic of ceilings, DCD carried out Blower Door Tests earlier this year which achieved impressive results. The home this was tested on featured in this Newsletter as Energy Efficient Excellence. This home includes METRAceilings, which play a significant role in obtaining an air tight lid. This home achieved an ACH (air changes per hour) of 0.26, to put that into perspective, New Zealand homes built before 1960 on average achieve an airtightness of 18ach. Homes constructed after 2000 typically have an ach of 4 while a Passive House standard is 0.6ach. Therefore, this DCD constructed home had achieved significantly lower results and has earnt them the best verified score within New Zealand!

Launch of the IT Wall STC57 option 
With the demand increasing for thinner Intertenancy Walls, we recently developed a new, thinner, IT Wall option. AUT University tested how well this new product absorbed sound, which produced some great results! This new IT Wall has an overall thickness of 130mm and achieved a STC rating of 57!  Our two Intertenancy Wall options are shown below:
Option One - STC61 - 172mm overall wall thickness 
36mm panel / 100mm gap / 2 x 18 mm panels joined together

Option two (New) - STC57 - 130mm overall wall thickness
2 x 18mm panel / 58mm gap / 2 x 18mm panel


Click here to see the updated IT Wall Brochure and Eboss Listing.   

In the Team

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

Nailing It are off to a flying start!
Since coming on board as a Metra Gold Installer in December 2016, Stew Buchanan from Nailing It has hit the ground running! With three stands already completed and another three planned for next month, the Nailing It team are living up to their company name.
Nailing It also work with Stew’s other company, Caliber Homes.  Nailing It Ltd is the labour force for 'Caliber Homes', a housing company with spec builds for house and land packages. Caliber Homes are currently selling house and land packages for a new subdivision in Feilding, Palmerston North, see advert below. If you are interested in the Nancy Ave subdivision give Stew a call on 027 554 1535.

Metrapanel Certified builder training was held in Christchurch
We hosted our second Certified Builder Training of the year in Christchurch on 20th July. This included a total of 12 builders across New Zealand from Laing Properties, Fusion Homes, Maxim Construction and Schlaefer Construction.
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.
Welcome to new General Manager Richard Younger!
We welcome Richard Younger to the Metra Panel Systems team. Richard will be taking on the newly created role of General Manager and will work alongside Andrew on day to day operations. He brings an extensive background in business management along with over 25 years building experience, but more recently in the frame & truss / prefabrication sector. Richard and his family have spent the past 23 years living in the Waikato region and Richard is excited by the potential and growth opportunities of the business.
We look forward to hearing more from Richard in the coming months!
Richard can be contacted on the following DDI. 07 828 2073 M: 0275 170 469 or email: richard@metrapanel.co.nz 

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

Metrapanel sponsored Growing Swag Dance School in Huntly earlier this year. This donation was used to contribute to the cost of dance uniforms to wear onstage at the upcoming Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition in Mount Maunganui on the 3 and 4 June. Growing Swag, which focus on helping to enhance the confidence of our youth through dance, has come a long way since their establishment in 2015, with over 100 kids in just their first year, they now run classes in Huntly, Tuakau and Te Kauwhata. Growing Swag thanked Metrapanel very much for sponsoring the Dance School, “we appreciate your support and we will wear our uniforms with pride at our upcoming competition.”


New update in December 2017

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