Design Funding


Mid Rise Wood Construction Demonstration Buildings

Apply as a Demonstration project

A design funding contribution is now available for a limited number of qualifying, yet-to-be-constructed buildings as part of the Mid Rise Wood Construction Partnership.

The Partnership is a joint venture investment between the Ministry for Primary Industries and Red Stag Investments. The funding targets projects that stretch the prior limits to the use of mass timber in terms of levels or scale, that can be used as open source examples of low emission design to share that knowledge with the wider NZ design, construction and investment community.

The scheme will help support the Government’s initiatives to deliver a zero-carbon construction sector by reducing carbon-intensive materials used in construction.


Programme Objectives

  • Generate a range of demonstration/showcase mass timber projects.1
  • Projects should begin construction by June 2023.
  • Develop case studies on each project including time-lapse video.
  • Demonstrate the expertise of the professional team, and the appeal of the building itself.
  • Provide site tours for each project during construction.
  • Open source designs for each project where possible, particularly structural, acoustic and fire design
  • Present and publish the projects in the public media, webinars/seminars/conferences and online.


For partnering with the programme are:

  1. The building is substantially mass timber in its structure, and pushes the limits in terms of scale.
  2. Construction is forecast to commence by June 2023.
  3. The site has been selected, zoning does not exclude the intended use, and funding is available.


Construction industry parties must agree to:

  1. Design and build substantially in wood.2
  2. Have the project as a promoted case study with key project data and input/quotes from the party engaged, including time-lapse.
  3. Make designs open source, especially plans and reports that are available from council records anyway, and costing information relating to the structure.
  4. Allow a managed site visit day or two for invited design and construction professionals.
  5. Source CLT from New Zealand - subject to cost competitiveness with alternate sources at prevailing NZ market rates.
  6. CLT must be treated against decay to H1.2 or H3.2.
  7. Funded party to provide cost and Embodied Carbon comparisons between the constructed building and the next best traditional materials option.3
  8. All agreements are covered by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that ensures the programme receives the information and access required to promote the builds to the programme’s benefit. The funded party agrees to contribute In-Kind time as agreed to support the achievement of the programme objectives outlined.

If you have a build that meets the preliminary criteria, please complete the following Expression of Interest form, along with any design plans you have to date. If you have any questions regarding the Expression of Interest form please email:



  1. Examples include educational, health, aged care, offices, warehouse/studio/industrial, cultural/religious, social housing, hotel or mixed-use. Also included may be hybrids, such as steel structures with CLT floors and stairs.
  2. Up to $10,000 will be made available to assist with early-stage concept design work before the decision is made, whether or not to use mass-timber. Technically this is at-risk if the decision is not to use wood.
  3. Funding partially designed to cover the cost of professionals to concept design the alternative structural material option, have the construction manager assess the ‘programme’ impact, have the QS report on the cost (including time impact) compared to the timber building, and to prepare and compare Embodied Carbon LCAs on each option.