House of the year

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Judges have started their jour­ney seek­ing New Zealand’s top quality builds in this year’s Reg­is­tered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion has some ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tions, with judges as­sess­ing builds within three new cat­e­gories that re­flect the chang­ing building and con­struc­tion sec­tor – two for Vol­ume and Group House builders, and one for multi units, such as apart­ments.

More than 370 homes will be as­sessed as the judges travel around New Zealand, with re­gional award-win­ners an­nounced at 10 re­gional events dur­ing July and Au­gust.

Reg­is­tered Master Builders As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Kelly says this year’s com­pe­ti­tion has evolved to re­flect the chang­ing mar­ket and the types of homes.

‘‘De­mand for building in this coun­try is call­ing for new ways of op­er­at­ing and new types of building. Multi-unit dwellings are expected to ac­count for 40 per cent of res­i­den­tial builds by the end of 2021,‘‘ he says.

‘‘House of the Year show­cases what is pos­si­ble by in­tro­duc­ing new trends, ma­te­ri­als and ap­proaches.

‘‘The fo­cus on sus­tain­able building over the past few years is a key ex­am­ple.’’

Kelly says the com­pe­ti­tion plays a lead­ing role in en­sur­ing a bet­ter built New Zealand.

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