House of the Year judging now complete


National House of the Year judges Graeme Sutton and Rolly Adams have completed the residential judging for the national competition.


There are 100 Gold Reserve finalists in the Registered Mater Builders 2007 House of the Year and Commercial Project Awards.


In association with principal sponsor PlaceMakers, these reward excellence in construction, project management, design functionality and style.


Seven intensive weeks judging

Graeme and Rolly have spent seven intensive weeks travelling the country to re-judge the residential Gold Reserve finalists to determine New Zealand’s top residential builders.


Both men have been involved with the competition for more than 12 years, and are two of the programme’s most experienced judges.


The competition has two phases — all entries (almost 700 this year) were judged by nine panels of two judges each. This initial round of judging determines Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, with the top 100 Gold Awards (including the top three in each category) proceeding to Gold Reserve national finalist status.


The residential finalists are re-judged by just one panel to determine category winners and the PlaceMakers Supreme Award — the Registered Master Builders 2007 House of the Year.


The commercial Gold Reserve finalist properties are not re-judged, as they were all judged by the one commercial panel in the first round of judging. Commercial judges Graham Mallet and Rod Smith have the job of selecting a winner in each of the commercial categories and the Commercial Supreme Award — the RMB 2007 Commercial Project of the Year.


As the results are tallied and certificates printed, more than 100 builders from around the country will be nervously waiting to hear who will be bestowed with this year’s top construction industry honours.


Their wait will be over on Saturday, October 27, when the 17 category winners, five lifestyle category awards and the two supreme awards are announced at a black tie gala event at SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland.


Construction industry highlight

This event is the highlight of the construction industry calendar and, with a sell-out of 900 guests attending, will be a true celebration of the excellence and quality of construction in New Zealand, once again setting impressive benchmarks for the industry to aspire to.


The November issue of Building Today will provide a full list of all Registered Master Builders 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Award winners.


This competition programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, and supporting sponsors James Hardie, GIB Living Solutions®, Pink® Batts® Ultra (Tasman Insulation), Mico Bathrooms, Housing New Zealand Corporation, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, SeismicMA®, QBE Insurance and the Department of Building and Housing.

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