Call for nominations for the HoY national judging panel


Would you like to have the opportunity to judge the very best in residential construction by New Zealand’s top builders? With major changes this year to the way the House of the Year will be judged, applications are now open for up to fi ve residential judging panels for the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. 

This competition is now in its 16th year and continues to go from strength to strength. Designed to raise awareness and interest in new housing and renovations while celebrating and recognising building excellence, this competition is the key marketing programme for Registered Master Builders. 

This year up to five judging panels will judge all local residential entries, with each panel judging three to four categories of the competition throughout the country, determining local results in each area. This change in approach will ensure greater consistency in judging in each category, with a Gold Award in Invercargill assessed by the same panel as a Gold Award winner in Auckland.

 There will be two judges in each panel, one building specialist and one designer/architect. Individuals with extensive building and design backgrounds are being sought for appointment to the judging panels.

 Each judge will visit up to 100 houses around New Zealand during May, June and July, assessing them against the judging criteria to determine Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards and a local winner in each category.

 The top 100 local Gold award entries will proceed to Gold Reserve status and be judged afresh by the one national judging panel in the national competition phase of the event. Judging of the House of the Year competition is a unique opportunity to meet the best builders in New Zealand and view their work, developing and rewarding excellence in building and construction. 

For more information on the application process, or to receive an application form for the residential judging panels, contact Sharon van Gulik at

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