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Eligibility & Criteria

Eligibility Time Frame:

  • All entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20
  • Entries in Marketing Categories 16-28 must have been available to the public between 6/1/19-3/31/20
  • Sales Achievement Entries in Categories 5-15 are for the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

The Maryland Building Industry Association and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association invite any member firm developing and/or marketing housing and communities in the Washington area to enter.

  • Entries in Marketing Categories 16-28 must have been available to the public between 6/1/19-3/31/20.
  • Production homes must be completed at least through the drywall stage by 3/31/20.
  • Custom Homes—Category 46-48, home must be completed within 2 months of 3/31/20.
  • All Advertising and Marketing entries must have been available to the public between 6/1/19-3/31/20.
  • Entries in Categories 16-28 must display an Equal Housing Opportunity logo or statement.
  • Builder/Developer, Architectural Firm, Advertising, Marketing or Interior Merchandising Firm must be a member of MBIA or NVBIA.
  • Sales Companies and Sales Persons must be a member of WMSMC.
  • Entries must reflect information as of 3/31/20.
  • Previously submitted entries can be resubmitted as long as they meet eligibility requirements stated above. 

Questions? Please contact Alexandra Whitson at (703) 209-8827 or Melissa Wallace at (571) 291-8137

Eligibility Criteria:

1 Home of the Year $0
Criteria:
  • This category cannot be entered directly, and candidates are identified by Judging Teams from the pool of winners in other categories. Only winners of a design and architecture, custom or interior merchandising category are eligible to win Home of the Year. Winner will be chosen by the GALA Home of the Year subcommittee in the weeks following Judging Day. If you are a member of the GALA committee and would like to join the Home of the year subcommittee, please contact Evelyn Austin at (703) 928-9570.
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. Must display Equal Housing Opportunity information, except in the case of custom homes.

2 Community of the Year $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Community of the Year Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • PDF of the community site plan 
  • 4 to 6 community photos or renderings (JPG or PNG formats)
Criteria: 
  • Judges look for the relationship among different land uses, special features, street network, landscaping, home/building orientation to streets, amenities and open space. If applicable, judges look at website design, advertising, merchandising, and marketing for the community which must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • Community of the Year Entries will need to submit a PDF with supporting documentation.

3 Hall of Fame $0

Criteria:Winner selected from a pool of nominees by the Lifetime Achievement Subcommittee.


4 Sales Person of the Year $0

Criteria: Winner selected from the pool of sales candidates by the Sales Achievement Subcommittee.


5 Million-Dollar Club $140
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats)
Criteria:
  • Salespersons entering Category 5 require minimum sales performance of $1 million net new homes sales volume. (When the sales professional is part of a team, volume should be split accordingly).
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

6 Exceptional Sales Effort $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats)
Criteria:
  • This is a special award category for sales success in the face of extraordinary challenges. Sales volume will be considered but the main judging criteria will be focused on exemplary performance overcoming location or other obstacles to make the sale. High volume sales efforts should be submitted to the appropriate Salesperson of the Year award categories. The judges reserve the right to transfer candidates in and out of this category.
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

7 Outstanding Sales Rookie $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats)
Criteria:
  • Sales Professionals who sold new homes, full time or part time, prior to 6/1/19 are not eligible.
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

8 Outstanding Sales Person $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats
Criteria:
  • Any entrants are ineligible to be entered in the categories for sales teams.
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

9 Outstanding Sales Team $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG)
Criteria:
  • Any entrants are ineligible to be entered in the categories for individual sales persons.
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

10 Outstanding Design Center Professional $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG) 
Criteria:
  • This award recognizes the person responsible for the professional interaction, management and performance of option sales for local, regional or national builders. Customer communication and satisfaction will be judged in addition to sales volume for the period of 6/1/19-3/31/20. 
  • Professional must be active during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

11 Outstanding Online Sales Person $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats) 
Criteria:
  • Professional responsible for the online sales efforts of a local, or national builder. Professionals must be a full time employee of the company being entered and locally located within the DMV area. 
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

12 Outstanding General Sales Manager, Director of Sales, or VP of Sales $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats) 
Criteria:
  • This award recognizes the person responsible for the sales functions of a local, regional or national homebuilder for the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

13 Outstanding General Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing, or VP of Marketing $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats) 
Criteria:
  • This award recognizes the person responsible for the marketing functions of a local, regional or national homebuilder for the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

14 Outstanding Construction Superintendent and Sales Team $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats) 
Criteria:
  • This award recognizes the professional interaction and performance between the on site sales and construction teams for the period 6/1/19-3/31/20. Customer communication and satisfaction will be judged in addition to sales and settlement volume. 
  • Any entrants are ineligible to be entered in the categories for sales teams or individual sales persons.

15 Exceptional Team Effort $175
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Achievement Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • Headshot of sales professionals (JPG or PNG formats) 
Criteria:
  • Sales Professional must be actively selling during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20

16 Sales Office/Rental Office/Information Center $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Environment Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 4 to 6 photographs of sales environment (JPG or PNG formats) 
  • PDF of floor plan (if available) 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on function of floor plan layout and ability to visually convey information and communicate the marketing theme, product and builder image and continuity with the marketing program. Upload up no more than 4 images of the sales center along with the floorplan. 
  • Entries must have been available for visiting and open to the public by 3/31/20. 
  • EHO Logo must be displayed.

17 Sales Display $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Sales Environment Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 4 to 6 photographs of sales environment (JPG or PNG formats) 
  • PDF of floor plan (if available) 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on function of floor plan layout and ability to visually convey information and communicate the marketing theme, product and builder image and continuity with the marketing program. Upload up no more than 4 images of the sales center along with the floorplan. 
  • Entries must have been available for visiting and open to the public by 3/31/20. 
  • EHO Logo must be displayed.

18 Website $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on concept, design, ease of use and user experience, information presented, creativity, flow from page-to-page and consumer friendliness. 
  • Website must be 'live' on the web for public viewing sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20 and remain available for review during the judging period.

19 Online Advertising $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept, copy, design, production and presentation as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. Campaign–2 or more different and related ads. 
  • Must be 'live' for public viewing/participation sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

20 Social Media (Blog, Facebook, Twitter) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Social media content will be judged for a campaign period of up to 4 weeks. It will be evaluated on achievement of the marketing objectives and goal metrics, concept, effective targeting of the identified market, and continuity of media and "brand personality". In your entry form, please identify the campaign period of up to 4 weeks to be judged. In order to be judged, the entry posts, tweets or other social media from the campaign period must remain available on the social media sites during the judging period. 
  • Must be 'live' for public viewing/participation sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

21 Printed Brochure $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the effectiveness of conveying a product or community theme, copy, overall graphic design, quality of artwork, printing and paper stock, readability and completeness of information. 
  • Brochure must be available to the public sometime during the period 06/1/19-3/31/20.

22 Print Advertising $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept, copy, design, production and presentation as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. Campaign–2 or more different and related ads. 
  • Ad(s) must be published sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

23 Direct Mail $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept of the piece(s), design and copy as it relates to the target market and the overall execution and effectiveness. Campaign–2 or more different and related direct mail pieces.
  • Direct mail must be distributed to the public sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

24 Signage $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept, copy, design, production and visibility as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. Campaign–2 or more different and related ads. 
  • Sign must be installed sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

25 Audio, Podcast or Radio $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept, copy, production and presentation as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. 
  • Entry must have been broadcast or made first available on the internet sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

26 Video (including YouTube) or TV ad $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept, copy, production and presentation as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. 
  • Entry must have been broadcast or made first available on the internet sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

27 Integrated Marketing Campaign (web, print, multimedia, signage, social media, special events, eMarketing) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the achievement of marketing objectives, concept, copy, layout and continuity of media used. Entries must include two or more of the following: web, print, social media, out of home advertising such as billboards, television/video, radio, direct mail, signage, special events, and emarketing. 
  • Campaign must be 'live' for public viewing/participation sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

28 The Jim Vance Public Relations Campaign Award $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Marketing Materials Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX, inclusive of links to digital materials 
  • Maximum of 6 PDFs or images (JPG or PNG formats) of marketing materials 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the concept and strategy of the campaign as it relates to the target market and overall execution and effectiveness. The Public Relations Campaign/Strategy should manage the flow of information between an organization and the public. Activities should include at least 3 of the following: special events, speaking engagements, seeking industry awards, working with the press, social media, and sending out press releases. An emphasis should be placed on non-paid advertising. 
  • Campaign must be 'live' for public viewing/participation sometime during the period 6/1/19-3/31/20.

29 Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG formats 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. Pricing consists of the base price plus builders' structural options that add additional square footage to the home. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rent, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

30 Interior Merchandising, Attached Home, Including Townhouses, Two-over-Two's, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG form 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. Pricing consists of the base price plus builders' structural options that add additional square footage to the home.
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rent, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20.
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information.
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

31 Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction, Amenity Space and/or Common Areas $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG form 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. Pricing consists of the base price plus builders' structural options that add additional square footage to the home. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rent, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

32 Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Renovation or Conversion, Amenity Space and/or Common Areas $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG form 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. Pricing consists of the base price plus builders' structural options that add additional square footage to the home. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rent, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

33 Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Model/Unit $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG form 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. Pricing consists of the base price plus builders' structural options that add additional square footage to the home. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rent, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

34 Interior Merchandising, Free-Standing Club House $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Interior Design/Merchandising Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior photos in JPG or PNG form 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on the professional application of color, texture, materials, scale, furnishings, accessories, window and wall treatments and how they appeal to the target market. 
  • All Entries must have been available for usage or viewed by 3/31/20.

35 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (on lots under 7,000 s.f.) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on relationship to lot and exterior curb appeal, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light and overall impression. Prices are base prices plus builders structural options that expand the space of the home and any upgraded elevation shown on the model entered in a category. 
  • All Entries (including Spec Homes) must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20.

36 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (on lots 7,000 s.f. and over) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on relationship to lot and exterior curb appeal, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light and overall impression. Prices are base prices plus builders structural options that expand the space of the home and any upgraded elevation shown on the model entered in a category. 
  • Entries (including Spec Homes) must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20.

37 Design and Architecture, Attached Home, Including Townhouses, Two-over-Two's, Back-to-Back Townhouses and Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, elevation, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light in common areas, livability of any available models, and overall impression. Areas to be judged include units, lobbies, corridors and interior areas throughout building and exterior common spaces. 
  • All Entries (including Spec Homes) must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

38 Design and Architecture, Multi-Family $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, elevation, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light in common areas, livability of any available models, and overall impression. Areas to be judged include units, lobbies, corridors and interior areas throughout building and exterior common spaces. 
  • All Entries (including Spec Homes) must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

39 Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Renovation or Conversion $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, elevation, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light in common areas, livability of any available models, and overall impression. Areas to be judged include units, lobbies, corridors and interior areas throughout building and exterior common spaces. 
  • All Entries (including Spec Homes) must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 29-45.

40 Design and Architecture, Best Adaptive Reuse (A change from former use, i.e. industrial building to loft apartments. Adapted use must be residential.) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Adaptive Reuse – A change from former use, i.e. industrial building to loft apartments. Adapted use must be residential. Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light and overall impression. Areas to be judged include units, lobbies, corridors and interior areas throughout building and exterior common spaces. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • All Models must display Equal Housing Opportunity information.

41 Innovative Land Planning $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • More than one unit; can include detached, attached and multi-family for sale or rental. Entry will be judged on (a) Relationship of units, common space and roads, entry feature(s) (relationship to site), and any on-site amenities. (b) Use of natural features and on-site buildings to enhance the site environment. (c) Effectiveness of landscaping in creating value for the site. (d) Continuity of landscaping, street lights, street furniture and signage. (e) Livability and overall impression of the site. 
  • Mixed-use must include a residential component. 
  • All Entries must have been on the boards, available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • Note: Judging includes visit to property at request of entrant, but may be based upon submitted plans and photographs.

42 Design and Architecture, Free-Standing Club House $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on relationship to homes, common space and roads, relationship to overall community theme, use of natural features to enhance site and building, site planning (relationship of building to lot, decks, walls, walks and parking area), effectiveness of landscaping in creating value for the site, exterior curb appeal (first impression, proportion of structure, materials, color package, detailing and workmanship), interior appeal (first impression, main entrance, appropriate room functions, lighting, windows, special features, materials, finishes and detailing), relationship of amenity package to residents’ lifestyle and overall impression. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 

43 Outstanding Living Space or Architectural Feature in a Product or Product Line $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on relationship to home, first impression, function and livability, special features (built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting), sight lines, use of windows and natural light and overall impression.
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20.

44 Outstanding Implementation of Innovative Design Concepts for a Product Line $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • Entry will be judged on successful resolution of design challenges, continuity of product line, first impression, function and livability, special features (built-ins, detailing, finishes and lighting), sight lines, use of windows and natural light and overall impression. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20.

45 Green Building $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Design & Architecture Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of standard features and options 
Criteria:
  • To be judged under ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard™ with entrant responsible for self-scoring entry on NAHB score sheet*. Score sheet to be provided to judges as reference documentation during their field visit. Entries may include any of the following individual independent specific categories, or a whole/entire green home and/or site. 
  • A) CH 5 lot design, preparation and development (select, design and develop site/lot to reduce homes environmental impact) 
  • B) CH 6 resource efficiency (reduce quantities of materials and waste, enhance durability, use of recycled/reused/resource efficient material and optimize innovative practices) 
  • C) CH 7 energy efficiency (implement an integrated and comprehensive approach to energy-efficient design of building site, building envelope and mechanical space conditioning systems – may include Energy Star features)

46 Design and Architecture, Custom Home, Single Lot $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Custom Homes Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of site plan showing house location on lot 
Criteria:
  • A unique house plan designed for an individual client for construction on a single lot and completed within 12 months of 3/31/20. Square footage should be measured based on ANSI Z765 standard. Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, relationship to lot, exterior site features and landscaping, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes, fixtures, materials and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light, overall impression and how the home fulfills the project goals as described in the project statement. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • Note: Judging will be based upon submitted plans and photographs and judged by Custom Home Panel in lieu of onsite judging. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Custom Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 46-48.

47 Design and Architecture, Custom or Customized Infill Home (One-of-a-kind homes, including plans modified from a previously built home, that are built for sale on single lots or in new subdivisions containing less than ten lots and completed within 12 months of the entry deadline) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Custom Homes Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of site plan showing house location on lot 
Criteria:
  • A unique house plan designed for an individual client for construction on a single lot and completed within 12 months of 3/31/20. Square footage should be measured based on ANSI Z765 standard. Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, relationship to lot, exterior site features and landscaping, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes, fixtures, materials and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light, overall impression and how the home fulfills the project goals as described in the project statement. 
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • Note: Judging will be based upon submitted plans and photographs and judged by Custom Home Panel in lieu of onsite judging. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Custom Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 46-48.

48 Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions (Alterations and Additions to an existing residence for an individual; price reflects final construction cost) $490
Submission requirements in file sharing link (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):
  • Completed Custom Homes Entry Form as a PDF or DOCX 
  • 6 to 10 interior and 2 to 4 exterior photos or renderings in JPG or PNG formats 
  • PDF of floor plan and elevations with room labels and dimensions 
  • PDF of site plan, such as a plat, photo or graphic illustration showing relationship of unit to site 
  • PDF of site plan showing house location on lot 
Criteria:
  • A unique house plan designed for an individual client for construction on a single lot and completed within 12 months of 3/31/20. Square footage should be measured based on ANSI Z765 standard. Entry will be judged on exterior curb appeal, relationship to lot, exterior site features and landscaping, elevations, color package, workmanship, main entrance – first impression, interior function and livability, special features including built-ins, detailing, finishes, fixtures, materials and lighting, sight lines, use of windows and natural light, overall impression and how the home fulfills the project goals as described in the project statement.
  • All Entries must have been available for sale, rental, sold, or viewed by 3/31/20. 
  • Note: Judging will be based upon submitted plans and photographs and judged by Custom Home Panel in lieu of onsite judging. 
  • The winners in this category are eligible to win Home of the Year! The field of candidates for Custom Home of the Year will be identified through a nomination process by the judges assigned to categories 46-48.