The Registered Master Builders House of the Year is made possible through the generous support of the national sponsor family, comprising eight key sponsors. This month we profi le four valued sponsors — principal sponsor PlaceMakers and supporting sponsors James Hardie, Mico Bathrooms and Housing New Zealand Corporation.
James Hardie is a leading international building materials company and a global leader in fibre cement, one of the world’s fastest growing building products. The company has been a proud sponsor of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year since its inception in 1990.
“It has been great to see House of the Year winners using new and innovative products such as James Hardie’s Linea Weatherboard,” James Hardie general manager Rob Kidd says. “The team at James Hardie believes award winning building begins with innovative building materials.
We like to give builders the freedom for architectural expression by providing them with fl exible and durable cladding and interior lining products that can help them and their clients turn the most imaginative designs into practical reality,” Mr Kidd says.
The company has watched entries in the House of the Year Show Home category grow in number and quality, and believes its ongoing relationship with Registered Master Builders has helped add real value to its business. “James Hardie views the House of the Year as a signifi cant way of supporting individual builders and companies who demonstrate outstanding building excellence,” Mr Kidd says.
Mico is New Zealand’s premier plumbing supplies wholesaler and retailer of bathroomware. The company has 35 branch operations across New Zealand and is part of Crane Distribution NZ Ltd (CDNZ). Marketing manager David Adams says House of the Year creates a unified platform for the best of the building industry’s suppliers, and has helped Mico build strong relationships with builders.
“We are involved in the House of the Year competition because it allows Mico to interact with builders on a local level. Once we have established a relationship with the builders we can educate them on key aspects of best industry practice in our particular market segment.
This is essential to growing our business long term,” Mr Adams says. “Mico’s involvement with House of the Year has enabled us to work with other key brands in the construction sector and understand issues that our fellow brand partners face,” he says. Mico views House of the Year as a true celebration of excellence within New Zealand’s construction industry, and a vital way for Mico to demonstrate its commitment to quality and adherence to building standards.
Mico sponsors the Bathroom Excellence Award Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ) is the country’s largest residential landlord, managing more than 66,000 properties throughout the nation. The Corporation also works with others such as community groups, local government, Maori and iwi to address local housing issues.
General manager asset services Greg Orchard says the organisation’s sponsorship of the Housing New Zealand Community Development Award in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year is one way it can encourage and recognise the builders providing community residential developments built to meet the needs of the wider community. HNZ believes the involvement and support of the building sector is vital.
“We rely upon the support of the building sector to help us achieve the Government’s vision — that all New Zealanders have access to affordable, sustainable, good quality housing appropriate to their needs.
“The Community Development Award is a true acknowledgment of the importance of government, community groups, not-for-profi t organisations and councils in their role of increasing and improving social housing,” Mr Orchard says.
• Next month: We profile the four other supporting sponsors: GIB Living Solutions, Nulook, Pink Batts and Future Proof Building