James Hardie Philippines challenged 10 local builders in a game of speed and precision.
Ten Philippine builders recently put their construction skills to the test during the first HardieMan Challenge at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City. The competition, organized by James Hardie Philippines, was a time-pressured challenge of installing HardieFlex advanced building composite.
“Through the HardieMan Challenge, the builders demonstrated how easy it is to install HardieFlex even for do-it-yourself homebuilders, and how beautifully it conforms to any design preference they please,” James Hardie Philippines sales and marketing director Mark Sergio explained.
Ten teams of three, each under the supervision of a marshal and a coach, were assigned a cubicle in which they were tasked to install HardieFlex walls, ceiling and flooring. Judges from James Hardie, including technical manager for Australia and Asia Pacific Anthony Milostic, assessed each job based on criteria such as efficiency, safety and teamwork. A quiz segment followed the physical challenges to test the participants’ knowledge about James Hardie products.
In the end, Shuttershield Inc. emerged victorious, winning Php 50,000. Cabico Enterprises and Construction Supply and Gentry Specialty Building Solutions, Inc. took second (Php 30,000) and third (Php 20,000) place, respectively.
Special prizes were also given out, namely Best in Workmanship (Shuttershield), Best in Teamwork (Dreva Construction Inc.), Best in Safety (Jonzlib'z Building System) and Best in James Hardie Knowledge (Shuttershield).
HardieFlex building composites are specifically designed for the Philippines, where rains and flooding, such as the recent devastation caused by tropical storm Maring, are prevalent and often cause water –related damage. According to James Hardie Philippines, their products are also resistant to damage caused by fire and termites, and are also free of cancer-causing asbestos.