Builders gain the edge competing in NZ’s premier building awards


Builders from around New Zealand are set to compete in the country’s premier building awards programme — the Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.

Despite the difficult times for the sector, a total of 548 entries in the competition nationwide has pleased organisers, and indicated its importance to builders. 
Commercial entries this year reflect the strength of the commercial building sector, while entries into the Sustainable Building categories, a new set of awards introduced in 2008, show New Zealanders’ growing preference towards this style of building.

Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn is happy with the level of entries in this year’s competition, and believes builders appreciate the value of entering now more than ever.

No better time to build

“There has never been a better time to build, and registered master builders fully recognise the value of this programme to give them an edge in a very competitive market,” Mr Quinn says.

David Edwards, chief executive of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, is also impressed with entries in the 2009 awards, given the impact of local and global market conditions on the New Zealand construction sector.
“As the principal sponsor of the House of the Year and the RMB Commercial Project Awards, PlaceMakers is delighted with the number of entries received for the 2009 competition,” Mr Edwards says.

“It endorses my belief that the awards are a great way for builders to market the quality of their work and their brand.”
In last year’s competition, Auckland-based Lindesay Construction took out top honours as the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year and winner of the PlaceMakers Supreme Award — an accomplishment Phillip Lindesay says the company was rapt with.

Real honour

“Winning supreme was a real honour for all involved. It is fantastic to be recognised as excellent and especially in the current economic climate, when exposure like this is a fantastic way to differentiate your company.”

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The House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards are made possible through the support of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, and supporting sponsors James Hardie, GIB Living Solutions, Pink Batts Ultra (Tasman Insulation), Nulook, Housing New Zealand Corporation, Meridian and The Department of Building and Housing.