The construction industry sector in Aotearoa New Zealand has a low innovation intensity with slow productivity gains, a fragmented supply chain with minimal collaboration, a general lack of awareness of emerging issues and opportunities for new ideas to break through for companies to adopt new technology or modern methods of construction to scale their business transformation.
Construction innovation is essential for Aotearoa New Zealand's continued growth and development as it recovers economically from a global pandemic and from inflation. By embracing new technologies and innovation in Residential Construction, Vertical construction and Horizontal Construction, the country can build more sustainable, efficient, and resilient infrastructure for the future.
Callaghan Innovation is working alongside industry sector partners to build a more collaborative, productive, innovative, and sustainable construction industry. The Construction Innovation Mission’s Vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be a leader in Construction Innovation within the Small Advanced Economies group and within the OECD.
If your business could play a part in creating a more advanced, innovative and exciting Construction sector, we want to hear from you.
Areas of focus
The term Construction innovation broadly refers to the introduction of new or improved technologies, materials, processes, and methods in the construction industry that increase efficiency, productivity, safety, and sustainability.
Areas of construction innovation that we have experience in, and are looking to enhance for Aotearoa New Zealand, include:
Building Information Modelling, Digital Twins, AR, VR, AI, machine learning, IoT sensors, photogrammetry / 3D scanning.
Smart materials like bioplastics, smart composites, renewable energy, thermal efficiency, acoustics materials, low-carbon cement, low-carbon steel, natural fibre insulation materials, construction and demolition waste-to-value, etc.
Prefabrication, Advanced Manufacturing / Industry 4.0, 3D printing.
Market validation, commercialisation strategy, investment-readiness, innovation road-mapping, business strategy, joint ventures, partnerships, prototyping, new product development support, etc.
Enhancing the sector
Between 2021 and 2022, we’ve grown the number of Construction businesses that we’ve supported from 186 to 374.
145 businesses have received funding and advisory support through our products and the Whare. This group has seen:
Explore our interactive Construction Innovation Technology Roadmap to discover the technology trends transforming the Construction sector.
Why is this important?
Disrupt vs being disrupted
Enables construction businesses to create competitive advantage, uniqueness and new vertically-integrated value chains in the market.
Future-proofing R&D Investments
R&D is undertaken in areas that are likely to create disruption in future horizons as well.
Building the right capabilities
Informs businesses and sector partners on technology areas to mature existing capabilities in or to build new capabilities to create greater impact.
Who we work with
We’re keen to hear from and support early stage and growth high-tech businesses, creating products, services or processes that improve the delivery, resilience and performance in the construction sector.
Printing its way to a more affordable, more sustainable construction industry, QOROX has used Callaghan Innovation support to accelerate its R&D and commercialise 3D concrete printing in New Zealand.
Neocrete: Redefining concrete and cementing an eco-friendly future for construction. Combining a father’s invention, Callaghan Innovation supported R&D, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Neocrete has redefined concrete, with its mix reducing CO2 emissions from concrete production up to 40 per cent.
Meet our experts
I work in the R&D Tax Incentive group guiding customers as they navigate the tax scheme for their business research and development.Read more
I describe myself as a ‘jack of all trades’ which has its roots in my electrician apprenticeship which led to working in Australian and Asian energy, mining and construction sectors and then later for the NZ Trade Development Board.Read more
I am a Principal Research Engineer within the Applied Technologies group with a technical expertise in robotic and automation technologies. I specialise in the application of these technologies for the processing of natural products with inherent high variability.Read more
I am a Principal Research Scientist in the MicroSystems and Polymers team working as an experimental physicist. My research and development expertise spans areas including laser processing, photonics imaging and sensing, nonlinear and optical materials, as well as radiation imaging and dosimetry devices.Read more
I'm the Team Leader of the dynamic Data Vision Team and the AI Lead of Digital and AI Whare. We work to solve business challenges through innovative use of data and Artificial Intelligence. My journey includes having pioneered the Data Discovery and Data DIY services at Callaghan Innovation.Read more
I enjoy working in sustainable energy system design as a Principal Engineer in the Advanced Mechatronics group based in the Gracefield Innovation Quarter, Lower Hutt.Read more
I am a civil engineer working as a Senior Scientist in the Applied Technologies department where I specialise in Advanced Engineering and Materials. My Ph. D. is in construction materials research and my principal research interest is developing sustainable binders and enhancing the longevity of concrete structures.Read more
I work as a Senior Cement Scientist in the Applied Technologies research group where I gather insights into fresh and hardened properties of cement-based construction materials. My past experience includes research into alternative cementing materials such as MgO-SiO2 cements and geopolymers.Read more
As the Head of Construction Innovation at Callaghan Innovation, I lead a dynamic cross-functional team of experts, collaborating on the design and execution of mission-led initiatives within the construction sector to contribute to a better Aotearoa New Zealand.Read more