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NZ Kitset Home Builder Starting in Fiji

One of New Zealand’s leading kitset housing suppliers has announced that they have commenced operations in Fiji, effective immediately. They have a solid reputation for using high quality products and
30 Sep 2017 11:00
NZ Kitset Home Builder Starting in Fiji
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One of New Zealand’s leading kitset housing suppliers has announced that they have commenced operations in Fiji, effective immediately.

They have a solid reputation for using high quality products and have a wide range of plans that they believe will suit the needs of the Fiji market.

With many years of experience in the Fijian building industry, they have a good understanding of the market and the issues that need to be addressed for residential homes in this country.

Their directors have spent a lot of time in Fiji, sailing in the Mamanuca waters and are familiar with all the statutory requirements that need to be addressed.

 

About the company

The company is well known for their use of the latest technology in their product.

It is through this innovation that they are able to deliver very high standard buildings while being competitive with the local market.

They are also very experienced in building to meet demanding climatic conditions and weather events that are potentially destructive for structures.

And they will ensure that all their product is capable of withstanding the extreme events that are becoming more frequent because of the impact of climate change.

Trenz Homes have a nationwide network of licensees throughout New Zealand along with an established supplier network who have the combined ability to supply the components of their homes with sufficient capacity to manufacture and supply all their requirements for their Fiji projects.

Their prime hardware supplier is Bunnings NZ, the largest independent hardware supplier in New Zealand whom they have worked closely with over a number of years to ensure that there is a close understanding between them of the requirements for this expansion into Fiji.

All items required for each residential home will be supplied from New Zealand stock by Bunnings and Trenz Homes other suppliers and will be packaged for shipment out of New Zealand to be delivered in shipping containers to the Fiji building site ready for use in the construction programme.

Bunnings have been providing this service for Trenz Homes throughout New Zealand for over 10 years and have refined the system to meet the company’s stringent demands.

 

The plan

The shipment of the containers will include not only the main construction items such as framing, cladding, roofing, doors, windows, taps and outer plumbing hardware, door and cupboard furniture, door locks and accessories.

They can also include the plumbing pipe and fittings, electrical hardware such as switches, wiring, breakers and safety fittings and the owner’s choice of light fittings and other accessories.

These can all be selected by the owner online with the vast selection of items listed on the Bunnings website with orders placed so that these are automatically included in the shipment of material.

Everything used in the construction of the structure complies with New Zealand and Australian standards and carries the Bunning guarantees of performance and quality.

Trenz Trade has been established to offer bulk material supplies for investors, developers, builders  and hardware merchants.

Because of the huge amount of material Trenz Homes purchases from Bunnings and their other suppliers the pricing discounts are the lowest available and apply to everything ordered through Trenz Trade for the various construction projects in Fiji.

Similarly, Bunnings shipments out of New Zealand are very cost effective due to their size and scale which attracts the highest level of discount, which again helps in reducing the end price for the construction of these projects.

 

Technology usage

Trenz Homes also use the latest technology in the construction of their projects.

For example they use a system called Cupolex to build concrete slabs and floors for the house.

This system, which has been rigorously tested by authorities in New Zealand and Australia for performance in difficult locations such as Christchurch, where the ability to withstand severe earthquake events is critical and has the highest rating levels.

The technological breakthroughs the Cupolex system presents not only assure the strength and performance of the construction but also reduce the cost, often up to 30 per cent less than current comparable slab construction costs in Fiji.

Other new hi-tech materials are also regularly used when appropriate, they do the job better than the material they replace and are more economical.

All material used has been specified for some time in Trenz Homes in New Zealand and all have a proven performance record.

 

There are also innovations in steel framing where different members are designed to easily screw together and where strength is created by form and design rather than weight, allowing the same compression specifications to be met but with a significantly lighter structure, which not only saves money in the cost of the members but in the foundation structure.

 

Training in Fiji

To achieve the building standards required by owners in Fiji, Trenz Homes are undertaking focussed training courses for a limited number of local builders.

This will make them familiar with the way they do things and why their methods are better and these will become preferred contractors because Trenz can tightly control the quality.

They have also established Fijian Channel Partners in Nadi/Suva and Savusavu to service their clients in those areas, who also interact with the statutory bodies involved in building approvals and co-ordinate their approved builders.

Nemani Teuli has been appointed to head the Viti Levu operation and Gareth Williams to head the Vanua Levu operation along with additional experienced local specialist staff who have been identified.

The innovations they are bringing will provide better and faster constructed, stronger and more secure buildings at a significantly reduced cost to similar homes currently on the market.

And that’s what innovation should do.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj




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