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NZ Wood Guide: Designing for Prefabrication

NZ Wood Guide: Designing for Prefabrication

Johann Betz - Founder & Principal - Offsite Design Ltd

NZ Wood Guide: Designing for Prefabrication

The presentation provides an overview and introduction of the new NZ Wood Guideline called "Designing for Prefabrication" aimed at architects, engineers, and specifiers working on prefabricated timber buildings.

The guidelines are now available in final version for download at:

Topics covered during the presentation include:

  • Prefabricated Timber Systems
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)
  • Procurement (traditional vs integrated)
  • Transportation, Storage, and Erection of prefab timber buildings
  • Compliance: The Consenting Proces

Speaker Bio

Johann Betz has a degree in timber structures engineering, design, and prefabrication from Rosenheim University in Germany. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in wood technology focusing on the industrial engineering and optimisation of timber prefab operations.

In New Zealand Johann has worked as structural timber engineer and has advised a number of start-up and established companies on their prefab systems and prefab factory operations.

His unique background combines structural timber engineering and design expertise with practical and theoretical experience on how to prefabricate in a factory.

Johann is Founder and Principal of Offsite Design Ltd (, a consultancy providing design and engineering services supporting the delivery of prefabricated timber buildings.

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