AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – 19/02/2020

In the build up to the 2020 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, PEFC New Zealand is running its eyes over the entries…

The votes are in, with the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards programme revealing 54 finalists – all vying for awards across 10 categories from residential to interior design, from engineering to sustainability.

Setting the benchmark – ‘The He Tohu Document Room,’ the 2018 NZ Wood Resene Supreme Winner

For PEFC New Zealand (the NZFCA), who for the first time are sponsoring the newly created Wood & Fibre Products & Technology Innovation Award, entries have reinforced the growing awareness and recognition of forest certification in the New Zealand building sector. 

Speaking ahead of the Gala Awards function, 26 March 2020 at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland, PEFC New Zealand’s Marketing and Communications Officer Jason Ross was buoyed by the number of entries using timber sourced from sustainably managed forests.

‘Whether its New Zealand grown or imported from overseas, a number of entries have consciously selected timber materials that originate from forests participating in the PEFC forest certification scheme,’ Mr Ross said.

The jury for this year’s programme includes the New Zealand Institute of Architects present Tim Melville, New Zealand Timber Design Society president, David Carradine, sustainable architect at Scion, Andrea Stocchero and NZ Wood Design Guides manager, Andy van Houtte.

‘Family Bach,’ supremely commended at the 2018 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Award organisers noted that this year’s entries have showed an uptick in usage of prefabrication techniques and panelised designs as well as growing concern for using environmentally friendly products.

Debbie Fergie, WPMA promotions manager explains:

‘These technologies are opening up new opportunities for designers.’

‘Timber buildings are once again coming into their own,’ she said.

For more information about the finalists and the 2020 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards please visit the NZ Wood website.

For more information about PEFC in New Zealand please visit the Responsible Wood website for more information.