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CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

The Competition is Open!

The 2019 National Awards for Housing Excellence competition will be accepting entries from October 1 - December 7. Our Awards Platform is designed for you to create an account and jump right in. Within the platform, you'll find all of the information you need. If you don't want to create an account just yet, see below for all of the information on this year's competition, including entry forms.

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. Check below for more information.



This tutorial walks you through creating an entry on the CHBA National Awards Entry Platform. It was created last year, but the process hasn't changed.

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2019 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.

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

  • Low-Rise under 1,500 square feet
  • Low-Rise 1,500 square feet and over
  • Mid- to High-Rise Condominium or Apartment Project (Completed)
  • Mid- to High-Rise Condominium or Apartment Project (Planned)
Detached Homes
  • Production | One-storey Bungalow
  • Production | Under 1,800 square feet
  • Production | 1,800 to 2,200 square feet
  • Production | 2,201 to 2,500 square feet
  • Production | 2,501 to 3,000 square feet
  • Production | Over 3,000 square feet
  • Custom| Under 2,500 square feet
  • Custom| 2,500 to 3,500 square feet
  • Custom| 3,501 to 5,000 square feet
  • Custom| Over 5,000 square feet

Home Renovation Awards

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

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. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements that are entered as part of a Whole Home category can also be entered separately into the Kitchen, Bathroom, and Basement categories.

  • Kitchen – under $70,000
  • Kitchen – $70,000 to $100,000
  • Kitchen – Over $100,000
  • Bathroom
  • Basement
  • Outdoor Living
  • Whole Home under $150,000
  • Whole Home $150,000 to $300,000
  • Whole Home $300,001 - $500,000
  • Whole Home $500,001 to $1 million
  • Whole Home – over $1 million

Marketing Awards

These awards honour the best in marketing—attracting customer attention, generating traffic, and creating the confidence and environment favourable to home buying. Marketing Awards are offered in ten (10) categories:

  • Signage & Logo

  • Brochure/Kit

  • Website

  • Digital Media Campaign

  • Direct Promotion – Print

  • Print Ad

  • Sales Office – Low-Rise

  • Sales Office – Mid- to High-Rise

  • Design/Décor Centre

  • Interior Decorating

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.

Community Development Award

This award recognizes excellence in performance by developer and home builder members who create attractive, exciting, innovative and environmentally responsible communities.

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.

Design Excellence Award

The Design Excellence Award is the pinnacle of achievement in the residential 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. Your prospects of winning increase by making up to 3 entries in multiple new home categories. Please note that Mid- to High-Rise Condominium or Apartment Project (Planned) does not count towards the Design Excellence Award as it is not yet completed.

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