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Housing New Zealand will look to cope with the growing demand for social housing with the introduction of prefabricated homes.

Prefabricated housing is quicker to build, making it a more efficient solution saving both time and costs, while maintaining quality.

Up to 140 prefabricated homes will be built for three South Auckland sites. The houses will be shipped across the country flat-pack style and assembled by semi-skilled labour and builders.

Prefabricated houses are built twice as fast as an average home of its size and cut costs by around 30 per cent.

The smart and modular homes will be looked at and assessed by a Housing New Zealand panel and suppliers to determine their future role in social housing.

The Salvation Army reports that the country’s social housing numbers will need to grow from 82,000 to 100,000 in the next decade and prefab homes could help make a dent in that number.