Housing Excellence Awards

Competition Open Now!

 

The Housing Excellence Awards (previously Bridges Awards) are the highest honour bestowed by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. The awards celebrate the achievements of SRHBA Members that continue to advance the goals of the residential construction industry.

The competition is limited to SRHBA Members. Eligible participants can participate by completing an online submission form found on our Awards Platform . If you have participated in the National Awards  competition previously  you will recognize the system because it is the same platform. The deadline to complete your submissions is November 2nd! Make note that CHBA National has a separate submission deadline for their awards program. In an effort to assist our members in gaining national recognition we have several awards with the same submission requirements as the national program.


Click the links below to navigate to each section of the Submission Guide. 


Submission Guidelines

The preamble information for the awards can be found right here on this page. All submission content is available on the Awards Platform. Throughout the platform you will find content blocks with tips to assist you with your submission. You can even print off the submission questions on the Awards Platform making it easier for your team to prep your responses and simply copy and paste them into the text blocks.

Need Help?

If you require any assistance along the way we are here to help. Simply email jlamontagne@saskatoonhomebuilders.com

Notable changes for 2019

  • The Community Service Award has been renamed as the Community Investment Award.
  • The Professional Service and Innovation of the Year Awards have been discontinued.
  • The addition of an Exterior Renovation of the Year Award.
  • Kitchen Renovation of the Year now has two categories to align with National. See below.
  • The addition of Bathroom Renovation of the Year.
  • Any Room Renovation of the Year has been discontinued.
  • Sales Achievement Awards are annual awards and no longer cumulative year over year.
  • Customer Choice Awards must be applied to using the Awards Platform.
  • Reminder: In 2018,  the Saskatoon CMA restriction was removed.
  • This year we are happy to introduce one Homeowner Permission Form for use at the local and national award levels. CHBA Awards – Homeowner Permission Form v1.0 (1)

Annual Submission Dates

Online Submission Launch:  September 2018

Submission Deadline:  Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Finalist Announcement:  First week in January

Awards Gala:  Saturday, February 9th, 2019

 

Competition Details

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Members can enter projects that have been completed anywhere within the SRHBA’s membership region.
  2. Entries submitted in previous years are not eligible for re-entry.
  3. You must be a member in good standing with the association to participate in the awards program.
  4. There are no maximum entries per category
  5. The current Bridges Awards year is defined as November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018. Entries must have been completed during this time frame to qualify.
  6. The National Judging Panel for the House Excellence Awards is made up of a minimum of ten judges from across the country.
  7. In the event of a discrepancy with a submission we reserve the right to review permit details.

FEE FOR ENTRY

$ 75 Each

5 or Less Submissions No Discount
$ 60 Each 6 – 10 Submissions 20% Discount
$ 45 Each 11 – 20 Submissions 40% Discount

Submission fees are non-refundable. Invoices will be issued following the submission deadline.

ELIGIBLE AWARD CATEGORIES

***Indicates National equivalent award categories. Submission questions for these categories mirror the National Awards for Housing Excellence equivalent categories to make applying for both awards less time consuming. Please note: you are not required to win or be a finalist at the local level to  apply for a National Award.

 

Industry Awards                            

1. Community Investment Award – Open to all members 

The Community Investment Award recognizes the valuable contributions of our members working to improve communities through focused initiatives, volunteerism, and capacity building collaborations with other community groups.

2. Outstanding Customer Service Award – Open to all members 

The Outstanding Customer Service Award recognizes an Individual Employed by a member who most consistently demonstrates and provides extraordinary customer service.

3. Environmental Stewardship – Open to non-builder members

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes a company for their commitment to environmentally sustainable operating practices.

4. Environmental Leadership in Housing – Builder members only 

The Environmental Leadership in Housing Award recognizes a builder member for the construction of Energy Efficient homes (single or multifamily units.) This award will be judged based on initiatives taken that demonstrate environmental leadership in resource efficient housing.

5. New Home Salesperson of the Year – Builder members only 

The New Home Salesperson of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding Individual Employed by a member in the sale of new homes.

6. Safety Stewardship Award – Open to non-builder members

The Safety Stewardship Award recognizes a member company for their commitment to safe work practices, safety innovation, and the development of a company culture dedicated to safety.

7. Safety Leadership in Housing – Builder members only

The Safety Leadership in Housing Award recognizes a builder for their leadership in developing a company culture dedicated to safety that spans from the office to the build sites. This award will be judged based on initiatives taken that demonstrate leadership in safe practices.

Marketing Awards – Category open to all members 

8. Best Brochure/Kit***
The Best Brochure/Kit Award recognizes excellence in a Brochure/Kit used by a member.

9. Best Digital Media Campaign***
The Best Digital Media Campaign Award recognizes excellence in non-website digital marketing activity by a member. 

10. Best Print Ad***

The Best Print Ad Award recognize the best print ad by a home builder, developer or renovator (corporate or project specific) that was published in a newspaper or magazine. The entry is not limited to a specific size of ad.

 

New Home & Multi Family Construction Awards – Category open to Builder Members only 

CHBA Awards – Homeowner Permission Form v1.0 (1)

11. Best Custom Home under 1500 sq. ft.***

12. Best Custom Home 1500 – 2200 sq. ft.***

13. Best Custom Home 2201 – 3500 sq. ft.***

14. Best Custom Home over 3500 sq. ft.***

15. Best Production Home up to 1300 sq. ft.***

16. Best Production Home over 1300 sq. ft.***

17. Best Production Home w/ Secondary Suite***

18. Best Townhouse Project (Up to 50 units)

19. Best Townhouse Project (Over 50 units)

20. Best Apartment-Style Project

21. Best Mixed Use Multi-Family Project

 

Design, Décor, and Renovation Awards Category open to all members

CHBA Awards – Homeowner Permission Form v1.0 (1)

22. Best New Home Design Award

23. Interior Decorating Award

24. Exterior Renovation of the Year

25. Bathroom Renovation of the Year

26. Kitchen Renovation of the Year Under $50,000

27. Kitchen Renovation of the Year $50,000 and Over

28. Whole House Renovation of the Year

 

 

New Home Sales Achievement Awards 

The New Home Sales Achievement Awards will be presented to sales staff directly employed by an SRHBA Member in good standing. Builder representatives are responsible for submitting sales numbers for their sales team in our Awards Platform. Certificates will be presented to each sales representative that achieves the following levels in total annual sales:

Gold          $15,000,000

Silver         $7,000,000

Bronze      $3,000,000

The Top Overall Sales Achievement submission will receive an award on an annual basis.

The submission deadline is January 4, 2019.

 

Association Awards 

Ambassador of the Year (2 Awards) – Nominations Accepted. No Fee For Entry. 

The Ambassador awards are presented to two individuals annually:
1) One award to a Builder Company Staff Member, Manager or Owner

2) One award to a Non-Builder Company Staff Member, Manager or Owner

The Ambassador Awards honour the legacy of those who create lasting change and measurable difference in our community, association, and the residential construction industry.

Customer Choice Awards (4 Awards – Participation Deadline is September 28th, 2018)

-The Customer Choice Awards recognize Builder Members who best deliver the assurance of quality in providing goods and/or services as judged by the customers. This category is presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association through a partnership with Avid Ratings.

Builder Members must provide contact information for ALL closings in the current award year. An official excel spreadsheet is available for download here. Home Builder Customer Submission-SRHBA Awards Programs

SRHBA Survey Announcement (2)
Four Awards will be presented for this category:

1. Single Family Small Volume Builder 0-5
2. Single Family Medium Volume Builder 6 – 46
3. Single Family Large Volume Builder 47+
4. Multi Family Builder 10+

Category eligibility is based on membership status at the time of award submission.

Participation Deadline is September 28th, 2018 for the Customer Choice Awards ONLY

Builder Members must submit details for all home closing that occurred between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 to participate.” The current Awards year is defined as November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

Why the Difference?

We have continued to use the Customer Choice Eligibility dates previously used by the Warranty Companies to ensure there was a smooth transition for eligible closings.

Renovator of the Year (1 Award)

This award recognizes a Renovator Member for their exemplary professional standards in the renovation industry. To be eligible for this award Renovator Members MUST have submissions in the following categories: Safety Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship, Any Two Renovation Awards. Companies who meet the eligibility criteria are automatically entered into the competition for Renovator of the Year. There is no fee for eligible members.  

Home Builder of the Year (1 Award)

This award recognizes a Home Builder Member for their exemplary achievements in New Home Building, Community Investment, Safe Work Practices and Environmental Leadership. To be eligible for this award Home Builders MUST have submissions for the following awards:  Community Investment Award, Environmental Leadership in Housing, Safety Leadership in Housing, a minimum of two submissions in the New Home & Multi Family Construction Award Category. Companies who meet the eligibility criteria are automatically entered into the competition for Home Builder of the Year. There is no fee for eligible members.