CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

Call for Judges – CHBA Members

Every year we receive hundreds of unique and stunning new homes, incredible renovation transformations, and innovative marketing efforts. Be inspired, and join your fellow CHBA members from across the country in judging the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence.

Who can judge?

Judging a national competition is a unique opportunity to see what builders, renovators, and marketing professionals are doing across the country, to give back to your Association, and to select which companies receive the honour of being named National Finalists and Winners. As such, only CHBA members in good standing are eligible to judge.

Whether you are a home builder, renovator, developer, manufacturer, trade contractor, designer, architect, or marketing professional, your experience and expertise are wanted.
2017 Judges in Action

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How judging works

The CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence has a two-stage judging process. In the first stage, a large number of judges narrow down the entries. Each judge is assigned several categories to judge, which they can do at any time that is convenient to them over the three week online judging period.

In the second stage, a small group of judges travels to the CHBA National Office in Ottawa to select the winners in person over a 3-day period.


Online Judging:  December 2-23, 2019
The majority of judges will be selected for online judging. Assignments can be completed at any point over the 3-week period. 

In-Person Judging: January 14-16, 2020
A small number of judges will be selected to travel to Ottawa for in-person judging. Please indicate on your application to judge if you are available for this assignment (you must be available all three days).

Here’s what some of our 2019 Judges had to say

“It was a great pleasure and honour to help select the best renovators & builders from across the country as they showcased their amazing craftsmanship from over the past year.  By supporting the CHBA as a judge, and in addition to giving back to our industry, I am also very proud to be promoting what a professional and high quality industry we are all a part of.”
Peter Nielsen, BC

“This is my second time judging and I am again impressed with the talent and skills of the builders from coast to coast plus it is great to see what is trending in home design across the country. Great work everyone!”

     - Brad Harnett, NS

“Judging the CHBA Awards for Housing Excellence was a great experience... and the judging process was very quick and intuitive!!”
     - Alison O'Neill, ON

“I would tell people thinking about judging to step up and do it. Great to see the quality of homes across the country.”
     - Rheal Guimond, NB

“It was a great opportunity to review and judge these builders competing to be awarded the best.”
     - Todd Swelka, AB

“I really enjoyed reading the submissions and seeing all of the amazing projects.  It was a great experience so thank you for letting me judge this year."
     - Melissa Smith, SK

“We [completed the judging assignment] as a fun office team building exercise. It was a really fun afternoon for the team and interesting to see projects across the country.”
      - Mark Bernhardt, BC

Common Questions


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.

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