National finalists have been named in the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.
These Gold Reserve medal winners represent the best of more than 530 entrants in 19 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during June, July and August.
Now in its 20th year, the competition has grown from strength to strength. From humble beginnings in 1991, with just 120 entries across four categories, the awards this year featured an impressive array of entrants across 25 categories.
The Gold Reserve finalists will now vie for New Zealand’s top three building honours — PlaceMakers Supreme Awards for the House of the Year and Renovation of the Year, and the RMB Commercial Project of the Year.
Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn says 2010 has seen incredible levels of competition from around New Zealand.
“The competition has set the benchmark for building standards in New Zealand for the past two decades, and the national competition will no doubt raise the bar yet again.
“The quality of workmanship seen throughout the country is outstanding, builders are taking pride in their work and this is reflected in the quality of the entries.”
Principal sponsor PlaceMakers’ chief executive John Beveridge says he is proud to support the competition, and is pleased to see so many national contenders for the new PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the Renovation of the Year.
“The calibre of this year’s entries is fitting of the 20-year anniversary of our sponsorship. This competition stands out as an opportunity for builders to showcase their talents, and winning an award remains an industry symbol for the best of the best,” Mr Beveridge says. “We are loyal supporters of the House of the Year competition — it is a great fit.”
The finalists’ properties will be judged during September and October.
National category winners and Supreme Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on November 27.
The Awards are made possible by the support of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, and supporting sponsors James Hardie, Gib Living®, Pink® Batts® Ultra® (Tasman Insulation), Nulook, the Department of Building and Housing, and Meridian.