Judges Wingate Farquhar architect Blair Farquhar, Clearwater Construction general manager and NZ Institute of Building president Martin Fahey and Progressive Building magazine editor Jazial Crossley were impressed with the caliber of products entered.
Flexible clip system for hidden mounting of removable ceiling and wall panels Fastmount stood out from the high quality of finalists for being unique and having multipurpose application.
The system allows panels to be easily removed to access services or reconfigure design. It is suitable for prefinished, painted, covered, acoustic, feature panels and fixtures. Locally developed Fastmount has many possible uses but has been particularly successful in foyers, retail stores, hotels and showrooms.
"Fastmount is unique because the mounting system is invisible, with all fixings hidden",Mr Farquhar said. "There is nothing else on the market like it".
The Selector Product of the Show Awards had two categories, one for Buildnz exhibitors and a second category for Designex exhibitors. Three finalists were selected for each category, then narrowed down to one winner for each category. Fastmount was the winner in the Buildnz category and chosen as the overall winner for the Supreme Award.
"It was tough narrowing the finalists down because they all showed a high standard of design and functionality", Ms Crossley said. "But Fastmount's™ many uses, aesthetic appeal and durability made it overall an excellent product to win the Supreme Award".
Buildnz Designex 2011 is the premier product showcase for the building and design industries, taking place this year from June 26-28 at Auckland's™ ASB Showgrounds.
Supreme Award winner: Fastmount from Forman Building Systems
Buildnz Category Winner: Fastmount from Forman Building Systems