BILD Alberta Awards

Alberta’s home builders, professional renovators, developers and safety leaders are invited to enter the BILD Alberta Awards competition.

2019 Finalists announced

INSTRUCTIONS

Members belonging to more than one local BILD/CHBA/UDI have two options:

i) Compete as one company (must be same company name in each membership region) – Create ONE user profile, and then submit up to three entries in each category for each membership, provided that the entries are for projects in the corresponding local BILD/CHBA/UDI market area. The Company will be acknowledged as the parent company name only on all finalists and winning entries. Points for each placing entry in the competition will be combined for the respective Pinnacle award.

ii) Compete as individual companies – Create separate user profiles for each individual company entering the competition. Each company may submit up to three entries in each category for each membership, provided that the entries are for projects in the corresponding local BILD/CHBA/UDI market area. Points for each placing entry in the competition will not be combined for the respective Pinnacle award. The companies will compete against one another for the Pinnacle award.

Each entry is $175 (plus GST). Entries are not eligible for judging until payment is received. If BILD Alberta deems an entry ineligible prior to judging, the fee will be returned to the entrant, minus a $50 administration fee per entry. Payment is accepted by credit card (Visa and MasterCard) and cheque. You may add multiple submissions to your cart and checkout with one transaction.

The Homeowner Waiver must be completed and signed by the homeowner for all owner occupied homes entered in the competition. Showhomes or homes in the builders’ possession are not required to complete the form. Click here to download the Homeowner Waiver.

The BILD Alberta Awards judges will view and judge all submissions online. They rely 100% on the information you provide in your answers to the online entry questions, along with photographs, drawings and other materials that you upload.

  • Competition is blind in all categories with the exception of the Developer Awards. Home builders and renovators are required to remove any reference to their company in all images and floor plans.
  • Entries will be judged according to the criteria (answers to questions, images, uploaded plans, etc.) set out for each award.
  • Entries will be handled in a confidential manner. Judges agree not to disclose information concerning entries.
  • All information submitted online is considered complete. Incomplete entries will not be disqualified due to insufficient information and materials however may result in a deficient evaluation. Entrants will not be notified of missing components.
  • A minimum of THREE entries (from two different companies) are required to stage a competition in each category. Entries may be moved (up or down) into a different category should the category receive less than three submissions.
  • Submissions are reviewed for accuracy. A Cost Review Committee may request additional documentation for verification.
  • All decisions of the judges are final.

IMPORTANT – Pricing does not refer to construction costs.  Pricing is current market price at the time of submission or total retail sale price at the time of sale.

  • Price is to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
  • All builders must submit the price based on the current market price at the time of submission or total retail sale price at the time of sale. List the actual selling or advertised price (including upgrades) of the unit submitted.
  • Lottery homes, staff purchases, and builder owner homes must submit the selling price as if the home/unit were sold to the public.

Price Specification for Single Family, Estate and Net Zero Categories

Include: Base model price, all interior/exterior upgrades, all change orders, extras or additions, appliances and permanent fixtures, window coverings, basement development (optional)

Exclude: Land and GST, landscaping, detached garage, garage (Sales Centre) finishing, and furnishings.

Price Specification for Multi-family Categories

IncludePrice of LAND without GST. Include all interior upgrades, appliances and permanent fixtures, window coverings, basement development (optional). Use the current market price of the unit or total retail sale price at the time of sale, without GST.

Exclude: Landscaping, detached garage, garage (Sales Centre) finishing, and furnishings.

Price Specification for Renovation Categories

Include: An estimate of the dollar value of any materials the homeowner self-supplied (e.g. kitchen appliances).

Basement

  • It is optional to include the basement development in single family, multi-family and Net Zero categories.
  • If the submission includes the basement, the sale price must reflect the basement development and it must be submitted in the appropriate price category. You must also include the basement in the square footage, photos and floor plan.
  • If the basement is not included in the submission, the sale price must reflect the price less the basement development and it must be submitted in the appropriate price category. You cannot include the basement in comments, square footage, photos or floor plan.

Images

Photographs have an impact on how judges see your entry and influence your final score. Photos should be of professional quality.

  • Submit colour images that are 3000px wide and 300ppi for the perfect combination of fast upload times and file sizes large enough to view on the website, at the award ceremony and in printed material.
  • The size upload limit is 5MB. Larger files cannot be uploaded.
  • Photos are automatically renamed once uploaded.
  • Image orientation can be horizontal or vertical.
  • No major alterations to the photos (interior or exterior) are permitted. Colour correction is acceptable. Exceptions: Sales Centres may be covered up with a standard garage door only. Dirt can be covered with grass (no landscaping).
  • Do not submit images that have borders, frames, logos, or watermarks.
  • Detached garages are not to be included in any photos.
  • Renderings are not permitted.

Renovators: When taking “before” and “after” pictures of a renovation, shoot from the same location or angle—this helps the judges understand the “transformation.”

Floor Plans and Site Plans

  • Floor plans and site plans must be uploaded in a PDF format no larger than 5 MB.
  • Upload simple plans – the same kind you would provide to clients on your website.
  • Do not include elevations or renderings.
  • All logos should be removed from documents.
  • If your plans are on more than one page, combine them into a single PDF document and upload all together.

Here are a few words of advice from the organizers and judges to help you to prepare a winning entry, and to know what pitfalls to avoid.

  • Use bullets or point form in the text boxes – easier for you to write and easier for the judges to understand.
  • Word counts are the maximum only – don’t feel obligated to meet the word count limit with each question. It’s much better to be concise in your answers.
  • More entries = better odds. Increase your chances of winning the Pinnacle Award by entering as many categories as possible. The more you win, the better you’ll do.
  • You can also go back and edit your entry up until the deadline. If you know that you’ll be submitting an entry close to the entry date for whatever reason, it is strongly recommended that you prepare your entry using a Word doc. That way, if you have computer glitches, your work will at least be saved.
  • Give yourself enough time to take your time and double-check the entry before you submit it. The submission deadline is May 30, 2019, at noon.

FAQs ABOUT COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS

When is the deadline?

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at noon.

Can I enter my project if I am not a member of the local BILD/CHBA/UDI in the area in which the project is located?

No. Being able to enter a project in the BILD Alberta Awards is a benefit of membership. Therefore, you should contact the local BILD/CHBA/UDI in the area in which your project is located and give consideration to membership.

Can I enter my project if it is located in an area not served by any local BILD/CHBA/UDI?

Yes. If there is no local BILD/CHBA/UDI where the project is located in Alberta, you may still enter it if you are a BILD Alberta member.

Are projects located outside Alberta eligible for the BILD Alberta Awards?

No.

Are renderings acceptable as image uploads?

No.

Can logos be on images and floor plans?

No logos can appear in any images or floor plans and may result in disqualification. This competition is blind competition for all categories with the exception of the developer award categories.

I’ve got two great projects/homes in the same category. Can I enter both of them?

Yes. You are able to enter up to three projects/homes per category for each local BILD/CHBA/UDI membership. Projects are to correspond to the market area served by the local BILD/CHBA/UDI. If you were to have two local CHBA memberships, you could enter three projects (x2) in each category for the market areas covered by your two local CHBA memberships.

What do you consider a Multi-family?

All units built as a part of a multi-family project must be entered in Multi-family categories. This includes duplexes, townhomes, and apartment-style condominiums which all share at least one common wall.  Definition for each product is as follows:

    • DUPLEX – semi-detached homes (two units attached)
    • TOWNHOME –  three or more attached homes
    • APARTMENT – four or more attached homes with common entrance

If they do not share a common wall they must be entered into the appropriate Single Family category. Secondary suites are not eligible for individual submission.

Can I enter an infill home?

Yes. Infill homes can be entered into the appropriate single or multi-family category.

If the home is still in the builder’s possession do I need to submit a homeowner permission form?

No, you are not required to submit a homeowner permission form.

ABOUT RENOVATIONS

What should be included in the renovation cost?

To determine which category your renovation should be entered into, the cost of the renovation must include your estimate of the dollar value of any materials the home owner self-supplied (e.g. kitchen appliances).

Can I enter a kitchen or bathroom renovation in the Kitchen and Bathroom categories, and also enter them as part of a Whole House submission?

Yes.

Can I enter a basement renovation?

Yes, you can enter it into the Renovators Choice category

CATEGORIES

These awards recognize excellence the 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.  Click here for criteria and submission requirements.

Single Family Categories

  • Single Family Under $300,000
  • Single Family $300,000 – $325,000
  • Single Family $325,000 – $350,000
  • Single Family $350,000 – $375,000
  • Single Family $375 ,000 – $425,000
  • Single Family $425,000 – $475,000
  • Single Family $475,000 – $525,000
  • Single Family $525,000 – $600,000
  • Estate Home $600,000 – $800,000
  • Estate Home $800,000 – $1,000,000
  • Estate Home Over $1,000,000

Single family categories are eligible for the Small and Large Volume Pinnacle Awards.

These awards recognize excellence the 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. Click here for criteria and submission requirements.

Multi-family Categories

  • Multi-family Apartment Unit Under $500,000
  • Multi-family Duplex Under $350,000
  • Multi-family Duplex $350,000 – $500,000
  • Multi-family Town-home Under $350,000
  • Multi-family Town-home $350,000 – $500,000
  • Multi-family Unit Over $500,000

All units built as a part of a multi-family project must be entered in Multi-family categories. This includes duplexes, townhomes, and apartment-style condominiums which all share at least one common wall.  Definition for each product is as follows:

    • DUPLEX – semi-detached homes (two units attached)
    • TOWN-HOME – three or more attached homes
    • APARTMENT – four or more attached homes with common entrance

If they do not share a common wall they must be entered into the appropriate Single Family category. Secondary suites are not eligible for individual submission.

When entering – Multi-family entry price must include LAND – see pricing tab for more information.

Multi-family categories are eligible for the Multi-family Pinnacle Award.

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 Award, Net Zero homes can also be entered into the corresponding Single Family Award category. Click here for criteria and submission requirements.

Projects in the Single Room (Kitchen, Bathroom, and Renovators Choice) categories showcase a single room and may entail the reconfiguration of existing spaces and/or addition of new space.

Projects entered into House Renovation (Under $500,000 and Over $500,000) 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. Single Room renovations can be entered as part of a House Renovation category as well as entered separately into the Kitchen, Bathroom, and Renovators Choice categories.  Click here for criteria and submission requirements.

Renovation Categories

  • Home Renovation Under $500,000
  • Home Renovation Over $500,000
  • Kitchen Renovation Under $100,000
  • Kitchen Renovation Over $100,000
  • Bathroom/En-suite Renovation
  • Renovators Choice Renovation (Spaces that do not fit in renovation categories i.e. sun-rooms, wine rooms, pool rooms, outdoor living spaces, basement, etc.)

Professional renovation categories are eligible for the Renovation Pinnacle Award.

These awards recognizes excellence in performance by developer members who create attractive, exciting and innovative communities.  Click here for criteria and submission requirements.

Developer Categories

  • New Community
  • Community (Edmonton or Calgary Region members)
  • Community (all other areas)
  • Showhome Parade

Developer categories are eligible for the Developer Pinnacle Award.

The Safety Leadership Awards recognize builder and general members for their dedication to safety.  We know our members have many great safety programs already in place and now it’s  time to distinguish yourself from the competition.  Each year awards are presented to those companies who have found an innovative approach to their safety programs and whose staff excel in safety.

What are the Pinnacle awards?

The Pinnacle awards recognize the top builders, developers and renovators of the awards competition. Points accumulate by placement in the various categories along with points for volunteerism, safety leadership and customer satisfaction. See the individual criteria below.

Do I need to enter the Pinnacle Award?

To be eligible, you must complete an entry form for each Pinnacle Award you are competing for.  Entering the Pinnacle Awards is FREE.

Is there an eligibility requirement?

To be eligible, an individual home builder, renovator or developer member must have entered a minimum of THREE awards in respective categories for the corresponding Pinnacle award (e.g. entered THREE Single family homes to be eligible for the Small or Large Volume Pinnacle award or entered THREE Developer awards for the Developer Pinnacle award).

How many Pinnacle Awards will be awarded?

This year, there are FIVE Pinnacle Awards in the following categories:

  • THREE Builder Pinnacle Awards
    • Small Volume – 4-75 homes (ready for occupancy) between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019
    • Large Volume – over 75 homes (ready for occupancy) between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019
    • Multi-family – 10+ multi-family units (ready for occupancy) between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019
  • ONE Renovator Pinnacle Award
  • ONE Developer Pinnacle Award

What if there is a tie for the Pinnacle award?

In the event of a tie, a committee will be formed to review the finalists and determine the winner(s).

Can I enter more than one Pinnacle Award?

Yes, if your company has entered THREE awards into multiple categories (Single Family, Multi-family, Developer and Renovator), you can enter for the corresponding Pinnacle award. However, you cannot enter both Small and Large Volume Builder.

Pinnacle points are tabulated as follows:
PHASE ONE

The entrant (builder, developer or renovator) must have placed in the top THREE of an eligible award category.  If they did not place, they are not eligible for a Pinnacle award.

Category Placement – Maximum varies depending on number of placing entries by entrant

Points are awarded to each entrant in each category for placing first (20 points), second (15 points), and third (10 points).

NOTE:

  • Single Family category points are not combined with Multi-family category points.
  • Renovation category points are not combined with Single Family points.
  • Developer category points are not combined with Single or Multi-family category points.

PHASE TWO

Part of the Pinnacle Award score will be based on a customer satisfaction survey administered by a third party company (Avid Ratings or CustomerInsight). Customer satisfaction survey results will be based on possessions that occurred between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Using the scores from each survey provider, builders will be awarded 50% of their customer satisfaction score (maximum 50 points).  For example, if they score 86% on their customer satisfaction component, then they will receive 43 points.

Minimum 5 survey responses or 50% response rate (whichever is greater).  No points will be awarded if minimum requirements are not met.

Safety Leadership (BUILDER & RENOVATOR ONLY) – Maximum 10 points

  1. Entrants have a current COR/SECOR will receive FIVE points.
  2. Entrants will earn FIVE points if they place in the top three in the provincial Safety Leadership Awards competition.

Association Involvement (BUILDER, RENOVATOR & DEVELOPER) – Maximum 3 points

Entrant must have at least one staff member involved on a BILD/CHBA/UDI committee or Board of Directors at the local, provincial or national level will receive THREE points