Auckland and Southern regions lead the charge with record entries

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The number of entries for the 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards are in and shaping up to be as strong as last year’s record.
Sponsored by PlaceMakers and brought to you by the Registered Master Builders Federation, the competition, now in its 17th year, is likely to be the hottest yet!

Entries for the 2007 awards closed on March 2, a couple of weeks earlier than in previous years. This timing was changed to enable national and local co-ordinators to process the large number of entries and to allow the majority of judging to take place before winter, particularly for properties in southern regions.

Organisers are delighted with the number of entries — 698 — from around the country. Of the 20 regions, the Auckland area and Southern Region both showed a significant increase in entries, up 14% and 17% respectively on last year.

Entries in the RMB Commercial Project Awards are consistent with last year, confirming that the new structure of the commercial awards introduced in 2006 has been embraced by the commercial building sector.

“The House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards celebrate the quality and standard of construction in New Zealand, and we are proud to once again be supporting the competition,” PlaceMakers chief executive David Edwards says.

RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout says he’s excited about the 2007 competition.
“This Awards programme is hugely valuable to our members — and to the industry as a whole — and helps ensure our members stand apart from everyone else in the market.
“Every year the standard of entries continues to improve, and we’re looking forward to another great year.
”The competition judges are currently being finalised, and the first round of regional judging begins at the end of April.”

For further information visit www.houseoftheyear.co.nz or www.rmbcommercial.co.nz.