My company plans on entering the awards. Can I still be a judge?
Definitely! We encourage your company to enter multiple categories. You will be able to judge in a category that your company did not enter.
I’ve judged at the local or provincial level before. Can I still be a judge?
Yes, judging experience is a big plus, but it's not essential!
Will I have to travel?
Since most of our judging is done online, you will
likely not have to travel. However, a team of judges not involved in the
initial review will be brought to Ottawa for collaborative judging in January.
When will the judging period take place?
The online judging period will take place during the first three weeks of December. The onsite judging (in Ottawa) will be January 14-16.
How much of a time commitment is it?
We have designed our program to make the judging process as easy as possible for you. Last year, our online judges indicated that they took on average 6 hours to complete their categories. Our judging period will be open for three weeks, and you can judge at your leisure during that time period.
Do I need any special knowledge or background to be a judge?
CHBA members have valuable experience and first-hand knowledge about what goes into home building and renovation, and with that comes an eye for excellence and innovation in housing. Since judging involves looking at floor plans, drawings, photos and entry descriptions, having a background in the housing industry will serve you well. When it comes to serving a target market, understanding of how to take a concept, build it, and market it effectively through a variety of promotional elements is definitely an asset. In a competition as wide-ranging as the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence, we’re looking for judges that are diverse and representative of a vibrant industry from across the country.
Do I need any special software or equipment to judge?
You will need a computer and an internet connection. Everything else will be provided to you.
Can I pick which categories I judge?
No, but if possible we will try to match candidates with areas that match their background and experience.
I know someone who would make a great judge, but they’re not a member of CHBA. Are non-members eligible?
No. Judging – getting to see projects in-depth from across the country – is a perk of membership.
What happens if I’m a judge and I feel uncomfortable about judging in a category because I have a business or personal relationship with an entrant?
The integrity of the awards competition is vitally important. Therefore, CHBA asks judges who have a perceived conflict of interest or who have a personal or business connection to an entrant to withdraw from judging in that category. An alternate group or category may be assigned.