Housing Excellence Awards

Competition Opens Noon August 1st Annually

 

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 1st at 5:00pm! 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.


Quick Links to Forms: 

Homeowner-Permission-Form

Customer Choice Awards Spreadsheet

Avid Ratings Survey Announcement

How to Prepare to Participate.docx

Annual HEA – Sales Volume Financial Statement

Entry Form Questions 2019


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 ppoulin@saskatoonhomebuilders.com

Notable changes for 2019

  • In 2018, the sales achievement levels became annual and no longer cumulative. As of 2019, the Sales Achievement Awards have been integrated into the Industry Awards Category.
  • The Best Production Home w/ Secondary Suite has been discontinued.
  • The square footage in the new home construction category has been adjusted to reflect local submission data.
  • Reminder: In 2018, the Saskatoon CMA restriction was removed.

 

Annual Submission Dates

Online Submission Launch:  First Friday in August 

Submission Deadline:  First Friday in November 

Finalist Announcement:  Second week in January

Awards Gala:  Saturday, February 8th, 2020

 

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 awards season is defined as November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019. Entries must have been completed during this time frame to qualify.
  6. The National Judging Panel for the Housing 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.
  8. Discrepancies regarding the category a submission is best suited for will ultimately be decided by the judging panel.

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 immediately 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 Category                             

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 employee of a member who most consistently demonstrates and provides extraordinary customer service.

3. Top Sales Achievement – Small Volume Builder Sales 

The Top Sales Achievement award recognizes the top overall sales achievement of an individual builder sales team member. Sales are based on possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales volume financial statements must be received through the Awards Platform to be eligible.

4. Top Sales Achievement – Medium Volume Builder Sales 

The Top Sales Achievement award recognizes the top overall sales achievement of an individual builder sales team member. Sales are based on possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales volume financial statements must be received through the Awards Platform to be eligible.

5. Top Sales Achievement – Large Volume Builder Sales 

The Top Sales Achievement award recognizes the top overall sales achievement of an individual builder sales team member.  Sales are based on possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales volume financial statements must be received through the Awards Platform to be eligible.

6. 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.

7. Environmental Stewardship – Open to non-builder members

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 

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

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

13. 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 

Homeowner Permission Form

14. Best Custom Home Under 1800 sq. ft.***

15. Best Custom Home 1800 – 2500 sq. ft.***

16. Best Custom Home 2501 – 3500 sq. ft.***

17. Best Custom Home Over 3500 sq. ft.***

18. Best Production Home up to 1500 sq. ft.***

19. Best Production Home 1501 –  1900 sq. ft.***

20. Best Production Home over 1900 sq. ft.***

21. Best Townhouse Project (Up to 50 units)

22. Best Townhouse Project (Over 50 units)

23. Best Apartment-Style Project

24. Best Mixed Use Multi-Family Project

       25. Best New Home Design Award

 

How do I know if my home is considered production or custom?
Production Homes have floor plans that are meant to be used for more than one customer. Many production home builders give customers the option to customize aspects of the home to a certain extent. However, it is still a production home. A custom home is truly a one-of-a-kind home with a plan that was designed and built for one specific customer and is not to be repeated.

 

Renovation and Interior Decorating Awards Category open to all members

Homeowner Permission Form

26. Interior Decorating Award

27. Exterior Renovation of the Year

28. Bathroom Renovation of the Year

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

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

31. Whole House Renovation of the Year

 

Customer Choice Awards – September Deadline Annually

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. The official survey announcement for your clients can be downloaded here.

Four Awards will be presented for this category:

32. Customer Choice – Single Family Small Volume Builder 0-5
33. Customer Choice – Single Family Medium Volume Builder 6 – 46
34. Customer Choice – Single Family Large Volume Builder 47+
35. Customer Choice – Multi Family Builder 10+

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

Participation Deadline is September 27th, 2019 for the Customer Choice Awards ONLY

Builder Members must submit closing that occurred between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 to participate.” The current Awards year is defined as November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019. Why the Difference? We have continued to use the Customer Choice Eligibility dates previously used to ensure a smooth transition for eligible closings.

Association Awards

Ambassador of the Year  – Nominations Accepted. No Fee For Entry. 

The Ambassador award are presented annually to honour the legacy of those who create lasting change and measurable difference in our community, association, and the residential construction industry.

Renovator of the Year (1 Award)

This award recognizes a member for their exemplary professional standards in the renovation industry. To be eligible for this award  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.  

Certified Professional Home Builder of the Year (1 Award)

This award recognizes a Certified Professional 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.