How They Are Judged

All entrants in each of the Award categories are judged by the same panel of two judges throughout the country e.g. a New Home up to $450,000 in Kaitaia will be judged by the same two people as a property, in that category, in Invercargill.

The judges go through each property and decide on the score against the set criteria for its category. Also on or around this time a photographer will be on site to photograph the property.
The scoring is calculated as follows:


Workmanship = 65% and Retention or creation of character integration and future proofing = 35%

New Homes

Workmanship = 65% and Design, functionality and style = 35%



Registered Master Builders House of The Year judges Faye Pearson-Green and Tony Pexton in a Richmond house.