From time to time, in any industry, a game changer is needed. Modular construction techniques have been around in overseas markets for many years; is this the time for New Zealand to embrace this technology; the game changer? With the housing market in particular desperate for a breakthrough housing product that is both affordable and valid, modular construction is entering the construction project vocabulary like never before. Auckland and Christchurch are areas of highest need and projects are already planned or underway based on modular techniques. How will the supply change respond? How will contractors respond? How will the market respond?
In Europe, North America, and Asia modular construction techniques are typified by low cost and speed of delivery and their local markets have responded positively. In New Zealand, is this now our time to embrace modular and solve one of the most critical challenges facing the nation – affordable housing built in volume?