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Bach on the beach – Chinese style


Many of the newer Chinese immigrants arrived on our shores with technical degrees to enjoy the Kiwi ‘boat, bach, BMW’ lifestyle; but they are setting off to redesign the traditional bach using their extensive network and expertise to build smart tiny houses. They can drive their BMW hauling a boat to their newly designed bach to take in the best of our lifestyle, topped off by a BBQ!

Prefab and BIM (building information modelling) are common terminology in the building trade to reduce construction costs. Prefab is built offsite manufactured in an assembly line and BIM uses technology, such as 3D images or printing in the building process.

Dylan Huang, founder of Archiland in Ponsonby is one of the new breed of architects using prefab construction believing it has the potential to break through the bottleneck of the current market. He said, “Archiland has spent the past five years refining and perfecting the implementation of prefabricated building technology and we strongly believe that done correctly, it could relieve the substantial strain on the NZ construction market and speed up Kiwibuild to deliver tangible results.”

The Expo is well timed this week with the construction industry’s increased spending on housing, offices and factories, road and rail links, and water supply. The New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association’s 3rd Annual Conference and Expo winds up today 29 July 2018 at the Vodafone Events Centre with thousands of visitors. This is the 3rd year the event has run and this year’s theme is ‘COLLABORATION / INNOVATION / PRODUCTIVITY’ with KiwiBuild being the focus of the summit during the Conference.

NZCBIA members Avanda Group and Longchamps are exhibitors showcasing projects as rare examples of developments that have been completed on time and under budget.

NZCBIA invited overseas industry leaders to bring their expertise to New Zealand. Shanghai-based building information modeling authority, Lei Chen, Vice President of Shanghai Luban Software Co., Ltd presented an in depth case study and practise on cost management based on Building Information Modeling. “New Zealand can benefit from the intelligent 3D model-based process to give architects, engineers, and construction professionals the insight and tools to work more efficiently to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings”. His lengthy career includes utilising BIM technology on the landmark Shanghai Center, Airport Integrated Free Trade Zone Processing Centre and Disney International Tourism Resort.

Politics was on the menu at the Gala Dinner with 650 guests hearing Building and Housing Minister Phil Twyford, National housing spokesman Andrew Bayly and Mayor Phil Goff all speak about their visions for Auckland and the wider construction market, as well as acknowledging contributions of NZCBIA members to ease pressure on the sector over the next few years.

The NZCBIA has created a unique platform with its annual Conference and Expo that has attracted the support of major industry players such as PlaceMakers, Avanda Group and others.

The NZ International Property + Building Expo this weekend is a cross-cultural platform being held at the Vodafone Events Centre with 120 exhibitors. The Expo is the only event to cater for the Chinese market in New Zealand, giving Kiwi building businesses a unique opportunity to market to this sector. ENDS

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