Up to 100 homes achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Local Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Local Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
No modest Christchurch multiplex, this set of two-storey townhouses marries contemporary architectural design with modern, stylish cladding. The effect is not only striking but hard-wearing.
A narrow site cleverly contains these northfacing homes, utilising the maximum permitted site coverage. Louvres temper light when the sun is at its peak. They also ensure privacy without cutting off views of the street and playing fields.
Each dwelling offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms and open-plan living. Private courtyards are ideal for small gatherings. Simple yet stylish, the kitchens are equipped with all mod cons and compact walk-in pantries. Solar tubes introduce brilliant daylight into the internal bathrooms. All other lighting is LED. Cassette-type heat pumps are also ingeniously hidden out of sight. High-grade insulation and thermally broken windows keep the heat in.
Removable glass balustrading to the entry stairway takes unnecessary stress out of the logistics of transporting bulky items come moving day.