Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Factory Builds Homes ... 'You Stick Timber in One End and out Pops a House'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Factory Builds Homes ... 'You Stick Timber in One End and out Pops a House'

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NEW Zealand's first factory turning out finished houses has opened in Wellington, aiming to produce up to 500 homes a year.

Sean Murrie, Matrix Homes chief executive and director, said Finance Minister Bill English opened the 8000sq m Trentham factory in the former General Motors assembly plant.

"People are building components of houses, then assembling them on the site. But the whole thing here is we're turning out fully finished houses with code compliance certificates," Mr Murrie said.

Grant Florence, the chief executive of Certified Builders, said more people were looking at prefabricated houses to address a housing shortage.

"This is not new. Prefabrication of houses has been around a long, long time," Mr Florence said.

"I have concerns about whether the market is big enough to sustain these sorts of operations," he said.

"They have to overcome some consumer negatives around the prefab concept because people relate it to cheap and they relate it to prefabs at schools. …

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