Factory prefabrication system the way forward

Factory prefabrication system the way forward
Standard EasyBuild houses are offered in a wide range of one- to four-bedroom designs, up to 136sqm.

Wanaka company Seamless Construction will now be known as EasyBuild Queenstown after entering an exciting new phase in its business, becoming the preferred Otago builder of Easy Build prefabricated houses.
Owner Thomas Schattovits believes factory produced kits are one of the answers to New Zealand’s housing supply problems.
While places such as Wanaka and Queenstown are well known as a haven for the rich, Thomas’ market research revealed there is a great need for affordable housing in Central Otago for working Kiwi families.
Consequently he actively looked for a company that would be able to produce cost effective houses.“That’s when we found EasyBuild.
The difference with EasyBuild from other prefabricated homes is they flat pack the house in a factory and we erect it on-site.”
“We are now fully focusing on EasyBuild because I think that really is a very exciting way of building houses, particularly in our area there is a big demand.
“We’ve had a soft launch, but I didn’t need to beat the drum much and we’ve got quite a few people interested.” Thomas says he has also had enquiries from Dunedin.
EasyBuild Queenstown is currently building a showhome, the 136 square metre Milford.
It features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a well proportioned lounge/living area.Standard EasyBuild houses are offered in a wide range of one to four bedroom designs, up to 136sqm, with many options to personalise the likes of exterior cladding, roofing and decking.
An attached single or double garage options is available.They can also be built as duplexes – side by side multi units. The houses incorporate a unique timber portal frame and a structurally insulated panel system (SIP’s) for the building envelope.
“It’s far superior in not only structure, against earthquake, wind and snow loads, but also far superior in terms of warmth and insulation because they are less draughty.”
Houses built with conventional timber construction typically have between seven and twelve air exchanges per hour, whereas EasyBuild houses have been tested and certified at 3.6 air exchanges per hour which mean less heat loss.
Thomas say that unlike most kitsets, EasyBuild houses include a rigid air barrier and a ventilated cavity, making them stronger and more resistant to water ingress.
Delivering as a flat pack substantially reduces the road transportation cost compared to transportable houses, while enabling quick on-site construction through the use many prebuilt and predrilled components.
Once foundations are laid, EasyBuild house packs can be enclosed and weather-tight within as little as one week by two full time builders, and completed in 10 to 14 weeks.
For a conventional house, the design and building consent time is typically three to four months; because EasyBuild house designs are pre-approved under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s multi-proof scheme, the consent approval time is only two weeks.
This substantially streamlined process will enable a total completion time of only five months, including architect and council processing, from the time a building contract is signed.
The New Zealand construction industry has been slow to adopt prefabrication, but Thomas sees EasyBuild’s factory prefabrication system and the streamlined construction of its homes as the way forward for many New Zealanders.
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