Judges across the country have hit the road to assess this year’s talent in the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.
Travelling from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, judges will scrutinise 317 houses across New Zealand before regional event winners are announced in July and August.
Ranging from new homes and show homes to renovations and builder’s own homes, judges will assess the work of hundreds of builders to find the finest houses in the country.
Registered Master Builders Association chief executive Warwick Quinn says the quality of the competition is the reason for its ongoing success.
“Registered Master Builders continue to enter the competition year after year because winning a House of the Year award is a fantastic tool for promoting their business,” he says.
“Builders tend to work within smaller teams, and don’t often get the chance to compare their work to that of others. House of the Year gives them the opportunity to see how they measure up against their peers.”
The Canterbury area has seen a 29% increase in entries from 2013 reflecting the completion of homes throughout the rebuild, with entry increases also in the Auckland, East Coast, Manawatu, Wanganui and Southern regions.
Mr Quinn says even after more than 20 years of House of the Year, the competition is still a calendar highlight for Registered Master Builders.
“It’s fantastic to see work of such high quality from entrants every year. We’re looking forward to seeing what this year will bring,” he says.
“We’re proud to manage a competition that encourages those working in the building and construction industry to keep striving to be the best they can be.”
Judging concludes at the end of May, before the first regional events in the East Coast and Southern regions on July 5.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, MBIE, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Master Build Services.
For more information about the competition, visit the Registered Master Builders web site at www.masterbuilder.co.nz.