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
"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
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…
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
This 4 bedroom, 237m2 plan boast a generous living and dining area with a separate office and 2nd closed off living area and laundry.
This 3 bedroom, 215m2 plan has a large open plan kitchen, living and dining along with a 2nd living area and separate office.
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
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org , to discuss any projects or opportunities you would like to investigate with Metrapanel.