‘Finalists announced as PEFC New Zealand supports peak design awards’

PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification scheme, has thrown its support behind a new Innovation Award – Wood & Fibre Products & Technology Innovation Award – to be presented at a Gala Awards Dinner in Auckland on March 26 2020.

The announcement follows the release of the finalists for the 2020 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards with the judging panel commending the quality of the 2020 entries.

“More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”

Reflecting on the role that forest certification can play for a growing number of sustainability conscious architects and engineers, PEFC New Zealand Marketing and Communications Officer Jason Ross reiterated the importance of design awards in supporting specifiers that make positive and responsible choices with timber.

‘The NZ Wood partnership follows a similar initiative with the Australian Timber Design Awards across the Tasman as well as PEFC’s ongoing support of the World Architecture Festival’s Best Use of Certified Timber Award,’ Mr Ross said.

In December 2019, the spectacular New Zealand Lindis Lodge was shortlisted as a finalist in the PEFC supported 2019 World Architecture Festival Best Use of Certified Timber category.

‘The Lindis Lodge, inspired by the Architecture Workshop, left a legacy at the 2019 World Architecture Festival. As well as being shortlisted for the Best Use of Certified Timber category, the project was also shortlisted for the World Building of the Year and was successfully awarded the Hotels and Leisure – Completed Buildings category.’

‘It truly is a lodge like no other,’ Mr Ross 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 or forest certification more generally please visit the Responsible Wood website for more information