Christchurch Mayor views affordable housing solution

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Report by NewsroomPlus.com

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel took an up-close look at the advanced construction process of prebuilt modular accommodation units destined for Christchurch, when she visited a 27 acre factory in Foshan City, near Guangzhou on her recent China visit.

The Mayor toured the production line of the Chinese manufacturing company supplying the New Zealand building company Ecotech Homes, with chairman Mr Kwong Jiuhung (pictured third from left below), Ecotech Homes’ founder and chief executive Tony Frost (at right) and chairman Mr Derek Smail (at left).

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Several Ecotech houses on the production line will be shipped to Christchurch and the Mayor looked inside one ordered by the Christchurch businessman Slava Meyn for the manager of his Football Academy at Yaldhurst, Christchurch.

Dalziel: “I was most impressed with the state-of-the-art technology and quality assurance being used on the production line to deliver affordable yet highly specified homes in volume and at pace.

“It is clear that traditional ideas about prefabrication have been overtaken by the latest technology, which now offers cost-effective accommodation options particularly in the area of social and affordable housing.”

Ecotech homes, which are multi-consented by MBIE and rated Homestar 6, are built in a diverse size range suitable for residential and rental accommodation, multi-storey apartment development, multi-storey tourist accommodation (motels and boutique hotels), student and worker accommodation, family holiday properties, and ‘granny flats’ as well as commercial structures such as retail stores and office buildings.

Ecotech has established regional distributorships in three New Zealand regions so far and Mr Smail described the Ecotech prebuilt model as “a real ‘game-changer’ that is attracting the attention of both private buyers and commercial property investors. Our demonstration house at the Auckland Home Show last week was swamped with thousands of visitors eager to talk about a viable solution to the rampant costs of new homes.”

For more information see: www.ecotechhomes.co.nz

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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