Build and design event showcases industry’s best


buildnz designex 2011 is destined to be a huge showcase of the very best and latest on offer in the construction and design industries. 
“Held every second year, the event will feature the best and brightest products and services for the building, design and construction sectors, including structural systems, hardware, tools, flooring, surface finishes, interiors, lighting, fine furnishings and textiles.

For the first time in its history, the Registered Master Builders Federation’s annual conference is being co-located with the event.
As in 2009 and earlier buildnz designex events, there will be sector professional development opportunities and seminar presentations available to visitors.
In addition to Registered Master Builders, buildnz designex is endorsed by the Certified Builders Association, NZ Institute of Architects, BRANZ, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark.

RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says the federation is thrilled to be bringing these two industry-leading events together.
“Having been a supporter of buildnz in the past we’re well aware of the benefits to those involved in the industry who attend. We will be actively encouraging all RMBF members to be there.”

Those in the trade are encouraged to register as visitors by going to and filling in the visitor registration form. Visitors can print out a barcode for express entry, and people who visit the Ford stand have the chance to win a $46,000 Ford Ranger XLT ute, thanks to show partners Ford and Radio Hauraki.
Sustainability and health are strong themes at the event. Lifemark is a new government-backed initiative in the building and design industry to improve the quality of design of New Zealand’s housing stock.

Also among the more than 150 exhibitors is Blue Building Solutions. James Johnston says the company will be showcasing products that deliver healthy homes, sustainability, affordability and low maintenance and labour.
NALCO, too, is featuring innovative new product, including a new environmentally-friendly residential joinery suite, and the release of the SovereignSeries. The company will also be showing the latest WeatherTight window joinery manufacturing techniques, and presenting new architectural resources, including the latest in aluminium and its uses, from billet to bi-fold.

Those wanting wood instead of metal will also find something to stimulate their thinking at buildnz designex.
American Hardwood Export Council’s (AHEC) Roderick Wiles says wood could very well be the most environmentally-friendly building material on the planet.

“We believe American hardwood has an environmental profile that is hard to beat. In fact we’re so confident of this claim that the industry is subjecting its production and distribution chain to independent environmental assessment,” he says.

buildnz designex 2011 will be held on June 26-28 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5000 trade visitors.

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