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.