Modular Homes Rising in New Zealand

NZHerald tells MHProNews from New Zealand the Kitset home by Box Living utilizes the strength of Kiwi-made Glulam timber for a series of floor and roof cassettes to make their modular houses. The construction features a timber post-and-beam exoskeleton with stainless-steel cross braces that has been approved for seismic, wind and gravity load. “It means none of the walls need to be load-bearing which frees up the design in terms of window allocation. It’s engineered a bit like Bentwood furniture and is immensely strong,” says architect Nat Dorrington. Four years in the design phase, the four partners have developed flashings, corner junctions, and bracings that comprise about 50 percent of the design work. The customer’s input provides the other 50 percent for their modular dream home.

(Photo credit: Box Living/NZHerald)

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