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Stuff NZ: Five new innovations that could change the building industry

The push to boost housing supply will continue this year, and with that has come a growing number of technological innovations set to shake-up the industry - utecture is one of them.

utecture: the timesaving “gamechanger”

A new digital platform has the potential to give builders cost and time savings of 60 per cent in the sales cycle, and its developers say industry heavy-hitters are signing up for it.

The cloud-based platform, utecture, allows merchant suppliers and builders to accurately plan and cost a job in significantly reduced time, down to around an hour from the current average of 11 days.

This means it can provide quotes and close contracts in half the time, which will speed up the production process and also improve affordability in new build projects.

It does this with virtual pre-construction house plans. Users interact with the plans and can make changes. The technology re-renders the plans with each change, and costs are quantified immediately.