Prefab show village to open in Christchurch

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 08:23 19/04/2012
Pamela Bell
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CHIEF: Pamela Bell says she would feel safer in a prefab house.

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A Christchurch village of prefabricated houses will open Saturday, giving residents a flavour of potential housing options.

The Home Innovation Village (HIVE) will be based at Canterbury Agricultural Park until February 2014.

HIVE grew from Christchurch's devastating series of earthquakes endured since September 2010.

With many residents zoned red, and forced to demolish and rebuild their homes, Canterbury companies saw a need for new homes that were light-weight, quick to construct, strong and affordable.

PrefabNZ chief executive Pamela Bell said 'modern prefab homes were high quality and made from permanent materials with sustainable features, architect design and good engineereing.

''The new prefab systems and products are strong but flexible and able to move in earthquakes without breaking. It is my understanding that these type of homes had exemplary performance throughout the earthquakes in Christchurch.

''I would feel safer in a prefab house.''

The village was approved by the Christchurch City Council in December.

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