Submission Guidelines & Changes for 29th Annual Awards
The Housing Excellence Awards are the highest honour bestowed by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. The awards celebrate the achievements of the Association’s professional members who continue to advance the goals of the residential construction industry.
The competition is limited to the Association’s professional 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 4th at 5:00pm, while the deadline for the Customer Choice Awards is September 30th at 5:00 pm. 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, indicated by ***.
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.
If you require any assistance along the way, contact Karen Kobussen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award season time period has been changed from 12 months to 15 months, allowing a three month overlap to include projects completed at the end of the previous award season. This year’s award season is for projects completed between August 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022.
Online Submission Launch: September 2nd, 2022
Submission Deadline: November 4th, 2022
Finalist Announcement: First week in January
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, February 11th, 2023
$ 100 Each
No fee for any of the Association Awards.
Submission fees are non-refundable.
***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.
1. Community Investment Award – Open to all members
The Community Investment Award recognizes the valuable contributions of our professional 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 professional 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. In this award category, salespeople from small volume builders are competing against salespeople from other small volume builders. Sales are based on new build possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales Volume Financial Statement 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. In this award category, salespeople from medium volume builders are competing against salespeople from other medium volume builders. Sales are based on new build possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales Volume Financial Statement 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. In this award category, salespeople from large volume builders are competing against salespeople from other large volume builders. Sales are based on new build possessions occurring between November and October of the current award season. Sales Volume Financial Statement 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 certified 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 professional 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 certified 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.
11. Best Brochure/Kit***
The Best Brochure/Kit Award recognizes excellence in a Brochure/Kit used by a professional member.
12. Best Digital Media Campaign***
The Best Digital Media Campaign Award recognizes excellence in non-website digital marketing activity by a professional member.
13. Best Radio Ad
The Best Radio Ad Award recognizes the best radio ad by a professional member (corporate ad or project specific) that aired on any local radio station.
14. Best Sales Centre***
The Best Sales Centre Award recognized excellence in a sales office or location. It considers elements such as design, functionality, use of technology and sales volume.
15. Best Custom Home Under 1800 sq. ft.***
16. Best Custom Home 1800 – 2500 sq. ft.***
17. Best Custom Home 2501 – 3500 sq. ft.***
18. Best Custom Home Over 3500 sq. ft.***
19. Best Production Home up to 1500 sq. ft.***
20. Best Production Home 1501 – 1900 sq. ft.***
21. Best Production Home Over 1900 sq. ft.***
22. Best Townhouse Project (Up to 50 units)
23. Best Townhouse Project (Over 50 units)
24. Best Apartment-Style/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.
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 Home Renovation of the Year
The Customer Choice Awards recognize certified 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.
Certified 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 30th, 2022 for the Customer Choice Awards ONLY
Certified builder members must submit closings that occurred between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 to participate. The current Awards year is defined as August 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022.
The Ambassador award is presented annually to honour the legacy of those who create lasting change and measurable difference in our community, association, and the residential construction industry.
The Parade of Homes Top Performer Awards recognize certified builders who have participated in the Parade of Homes and have built innovative homes as a marketing tool to promote themselves. The winner is determined by the top number of responses to the survey question by attendees voting for their favourite home in the Parade of Homes 2022.
The Trade Partner of the Year award recognizes a service or supplier member on the basis of its community investment, environmental stewardship, safety stewardship and contributions to the residential construction industry. To be eligible for this award, trade partners MUST submit an entry in the Community Investment, Safety Stewardship, and Environmental Stewardship categories, as well as submit a one page write-up outlining their contributions to the industry and the reasons why they should be considered as the Trade Partner of the Year.
This award recognizes a certified renovator for its exemplary professional standards in the renovation industry. To be eligible for this award, certified renovators 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.
This award recognizes a certified builder for its exemplary achievements in New Home Building, Community Investment, Safe Work Practices and Environmental Leadership. To be eligible for this award, certified builders MUST have submissions for the following awards: Community Investment Award, Environmental Leadership in Housing, Safety Leadership in Housing, a minimum of three 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.
Watch: Tutorial video on how to submit an entry