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Enter Now until Dec 4

The CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence competition celebrates the best in Canadian new homes, renovations, community development, and residential marketing. The 2021 competition is accepting entries until December 4, 2020 at 6:00PM EST. You are now able to create an account on our Awards Platform and jump right in. See below or the Awards Platform for all the information on this year's competition – we've got plenty of new categories to give you a marketing boost!

Who can enter?

The Eligibility Requirements tab below has the full details, but briefly put: if you are a CHBA member in the local home builders association where your project is located, you are eligible to enter. There is no nomination process – simply enter your project. You do not need to have been a finalist at your local awards; many awards programs run at the same time and waiting to find out how you did locally/provincially might not leave you enough time to submit to the National Awards. In addition, our judges are from across the country and have unique perspectives, so no two competitions are the same.

Questions?
After reading through all the information below, if you still have questions please let us know by emailing us at housingawards@chba.ca.



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2021 Competition Information

2021 Categories

New Home Awards

These awards recognize the excellent architectural qualities of a new home including overall exterior and interior design, use of building forms and materials, creative use of space, functionality of floor plan and overall appeal to a target market.

Entry-Level Home Affordability Award (Attached or Detached Home)

Attached Homes
Note: Low-Rise is defined as three storeys and lower. Mid- to High-Rise is four storeys and higher.

  • Best Attached Low-Rise Home under 1,500 square feet
  • Best Attached Low-Rise Home 1,500 square feet and over
  • Best Mid- to High-Rise Building (Completed)
  • Best Mid- to High-Rise Building (Planned)  (note: this category is not eligible for the Design Excellence Award)

Detached Homes

  • Best Detached Production Bungalow
  • Best Detached Production Home Under 1,800 square feet
  • Best Detached Production Home 1,800 to 2,100 square feet 
  • Best Detached Production Home 2,101 to 2,400 square feet
  • Best Detached Production Home 2,401 to 2,800 square feet
  • Best Detached Production Home Over 2,800 square feet

  • Best Detached Custom Home Under 2,000 square feet
  • Best Detached Custom Home 2,001 to 3,000 square feet
  • Best Detached Custom Home 3,001 to 4,000 square feet
  • Best Detached Custom Home 4,001 to 5,000 square feet
  • Best Detached Custom Home Over 5,000 square feet

New Home Spaces Awards

These awards recognize the excellent architectural qualities of specific spaces in a new home including interior design, use of building forms and materials, creative use of space, functionality of floor plan and overall appeal. Projects entered in their entirety into the New Home Awards may also be entered into any New Home Spaces categories.

  • Best Production Kitchen Under 175 square feet
  • Best Production Kitchen 175 square feet and over
  • Best Custom Kitchen Under 200 square feet
  • Best Custom Kitchen 200 square feet and over
  • Best Bathroom Under 100 square feet (note: can be production or custom)
  • Best Bathroom 100 square feet and over (note: can be production or custom)
  • Best Primary Suite (note: can be production or custom)
  • Best Home Office (note: can be production or custom)

Home Renovation Awards

Projects in the Kitchen and Bathroom categories showcase a single room and may entail the reconfiguration of existing spaces and/or addition of new space.

Projects in the Best Renovated Space category is meant to be a catch-all category that is not covered by another category, and may entail the reconfiguration of existing spaces and/or addition of new space. Example projects may include: a basement, a bedroom, front foyer, a home library, home gym, etc.

Projects in the Exterior category must involved a renovation of the exterior of the home, though landscaping that is connected to the project may also be showcased. Example projects may include: a major upgrade to the front of the home, an outdoor kitchen or living space added into the backyard, etc.

Projects entered into Whole Home categories must involve more than one room and may entail interior and exterior work, including the reconfiguration of existing spaces and/or addition of new space. Projects that are entered as part of a Whole Home category can also be entered separately into the defined applicable spaces categories.

  • Best Kitchen Renovation – under $70,000
  • Best Kitchen Renovation – $70,000 to $100,000
  • Best Kitchen Renovation – Over $100,000
  • Best Bathroom Renovation
  • Best Home Office Renovation
  • Best Exterior Renovation
  • Best Renovated Space (other than kitchen, bathroom, office, exterior)
  • Best Renovated Detail
  • Best Whole Home Renovation – under $200,000
  • Best Whole Home Renovation – $200,000 to $400,000
  • Best Whole Home Renovation – $400,001 to $600,000
  • Best Whole Home Renovation – $600,001 to $800,000
  • Best Whole Home Renovation – over $800,000

Marketing Awards

These awards honour the best in marketing—attracting customer attention, generating traffic, and creating the confidence and environment favourable to home buying and/or renovating. Marketing Awards are offered in the following categories:

  • Best Signage
  • Best Brochure/Kit
  • Best Website
  • Best Digital Advertising Campaign
  • Best Organic Social Media Campaign
  • Best Print Ad
  • Best Short Video (less than 45 seconds)
  • Best Long Video(45 seconds and longer)
  • Best Sales Office
  • Best Interior Decorating (Model/Show Home)
  • Best Renderings
  • Best Branding and Identity
  • Best Virtual Tour Experience

Modular Innovation Award

This award recognizes excellence and innovation in factory-built homes that demonstrate outstanding exterior and interior design, as well as environmental and operational efficiency in both the construction process and the finished home. Eligible factories must be members of the CHBA Modular Construction Council and certified in accordance with CSA A277. In addition to being entered into the Modular Innovation Award category, factory built homes can also be entered into the corresponding New Home Award category or the Net Zero Home Award.

Net Zero Home Award

These homes are Qualified under the CHBA Net Zero Labelling Program (either Net Zero Ready or Net Zero). The award recognizes excellence in high performance homes that have an appealing aesthetic, including overall exterior and interior design, use of building forms and materials, creative use of space, and functionality of floor plan. In addition to being entered as a Net Zero Home Award, Net Zero homes can also be entered into the corresponding New Home Award category or the Modular Innovation Award.

Best New Community Award

This award recognizes excellence in performance by developer and home builder members who create attractive, exciting, innovative and environmentally responsible communities. The community can not have been entered previously into the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence.

Best Growing Community Award

This award recognizes excellence in performance by developer and home builder members who create attractive, exciting, innovative and environmentally responsible communities. This award recognizes additional and substantial phases of communities previously entered into the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence.

Marketing Excellence Award

The Marketing Excellence Award recognizes a single home builder or developer member for their overall excellence in marketing, based on the highest total score for those companies that have entered a minimum of four (4) marketing categories and have won in at least one (1) of those categories. Your prospects of winning increase by making up to 3 entries in multiple marketing categories.

Renovation Excellence Award

The Renovation Excellence Award is the top award in Canada's residential renovation industry. The award recognizes outstanding performance by a single renovator member in the renovation of homes, based on the highest total score of those companies that have won at least one (1) Renovation Award and have entered a minimum of three (3) Renovation Award categories. Your prospects of winning increase by making up to 3 entries in multiple renovation categories.

Design Excellence Award

The Design Excellence Award is the pinnacle of achievement in the residential new home construction industry. The award recognizes outstanding performance by a single home builder or developer member in the design of new homes, based on the highest total score of those companies that have won at least one (1) New Home Award and have entered a minimum of three (3) New Home Award categories. Any points scored in the New Home Spaces categories are also included. Your prospects of winning increase by making up to 3 entries in multiple new home / new home details categories. Please note that Best Mid- to High-Rise Project (Planned) does not count towards the Design Excellence Award as project entered into that category are not yet completed.

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