Efficient Home Construction: How Prefab Homes are Redefining the Building Industry

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Efficient Home Construction: How Prefab Homes are Redefining the Building Industry

03rd May 2024

Home ownership is a dream for many Kiwis. It means more than just owning a home – it’s an opportunity to put roots down to not only feel secure in the present, but also acting as a nest egg for the future. It really is the anchor many New Zealanders are looking to secure their lives around. However, in recent years it has become increasingly difficult for people to get onto the property ladder – between supply issues and rising costs, the approach towards this dream is going to need to change.


Thankfully, the housing industry is witnessing a paradigm shift with the rising popularity of prefabricated (or prefab) homes. Distinguished from conventional construction through their factory-based production, these homes are then transported once construction is completed, then fixed to their foundations and site services on-site. This innovative approach to homebuilding offers numerous benefits, including speed, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability. This comprehensive exploration aims to dissect the prefab home phenomenon—highlighting its concepts, advantages, latest innovations, prevalent challenges, critical considerations, and how Advance Build is leading the charge for our innovative approaches to prefabricated homes in New Zealand.


So What Are Prefabricated Homes?

Prefab homes diverge from traditional building methods by being constructed in a controlled factory setting. In the case of Advance Build, this means we construct your home in our built-for-purpose factory in Waipapa (Kerikeri), before transporting it to your site and fixing it to its foundations. This process allows for the assembly of homes on-site in a fraction of the time required for conventional construction.

Modern prefab homes boast high-quality design, materials, and impressive sustainability credentials.

Types of Prefab Homes

  • Modular Homes: These consist of modules constructed in a factory setting and then assembled onsite on permanent foundations.
  • Panelized Homes: Comprising pre-made wall and roof panels for rapid onsite assembly.
  • Manufactured Homes: The term is often used interchangeably with Modular Homes. Fully constructed in a factory and transported to the site and placed onto permanent foundations.


Advantages of Prefab Homes

Speed of Construction

Prefab homes significantly reduce build time, as manufacturing and site preparation occurs simultaneously. What might take months or even years with traditional building methods can be accomplished in weeks. In addition to this, the factory provides a weather controlled environment, avoiding common delays caused by New Zealand’s ever changing climate, making it one of the most efficient home construction methods available.


Prefab homes offer financial savings through the reduced labour costs, less travel and freight costs to and from the building site, and minimal construction waste, addressing the economic inefficiencies of traditional construction practices.

Quality Control

As mentioned before, factory settings allow for consistent temperatures and conditions that are more conducive to quality construction, reducing the likelihood of weather-related damages or delays. Furthermore, due to the controlled construction process, maintaining consistent quality at every step of the construction project is easily maintained due to the rigid quality controls of factory production..


Innovations in Prefab Construction

Advanced Design and Customisation

With advancements in technology, prefab homes have shed their “cookie-cutter” reputation, offering diverse designs that cater to individual tastes and needs. Every Advance build home is uniquely fashioned to the needs of the Customer

Integration of Technology

Digital tools and automation in prefab construction not only streamline the building process but also enhance precision, reducing errors and inefficiencies.

Sustainable Materials and Practices

Eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient designs are at the forefront of prefab construction, responding to the increasing demand for sustainable living options.

Flexibility and Scalability

From single-family homes to large-scale developments, prefab construction demonstrates remarkable versatility, catering to a broad spectrum of housing needs.


Opportunities for Growth and Acceptance

The prefab housing sector is not just evolving—it’s thriving with potential. As this innovative approach gains momentum, it’s important to highlight the ever-improving quality, design, and sustainability features of these homes. Advance Build leads the way by hosting display homes, as well as by showcasing our success stories through display homes located in Coopers Beach, Whangarei, Kerikeri, and Warkworth. These venues offer a tangible experience of the superior quality and comfort provided by our transportable prefabricated homes, allowing potential buyers to see firsthand the advantages offered by prefab living.


The Future of Prefab Homes

The future of prefab homes looks promising as technological advancements continue to enhance their design, manufacturing, and assembly processes. With a growing emphasis on sustainability and efficient use of resources, the demand for prefab homes is likely to surge.

Additionally, smart home technology integration can make prefab homes more appealing by providing cutting-edge, customisable living experiences that today’s homeowners desire. By taking advantage of the holistic factory build process, the implementation of fully integrated smart home systems is something that can easily be added to the build process.


Want to Know More About Transportable, Prefabricated Homes? Talk to the Experts at Advance Build

Prefab homes stand as a beacon of innovation within the construction sector, offering a compelling alternative to traditional building methods and a new pathway to homeownership for Kiwis. By marrying efficiency with sustainability and design versatility, they present a forward-looking solution to modern housing challenges. Despite facing obstacles related to perceptions, regulatory frameworks, the trajectory

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