OTTAWA — The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has announced the finalists for the 2017 National Awards for Housing Excellence which will be presented to 39 recipients at the association’s 74th conference on May 12 in St. John’s, N.L.
"These awards are about excellence and recognizing the very best in Canadian new homes, home renovations, community development and marketing across Canada," said CHBA chief executive officer Kevin Lee in a statement.
According to a release, there was a record number of entries for this year's national awards program. Over 70 judges were engaged in the process over the course of several weeks to review the entries to select the finalists. The winners were selected by a national panel of judges who met in Ottawa over the course of three days to review the finalists' entries.
"When you are judging the best in Canadian new homes, there is no doubt that as a judge you have your work cut out for you," Lee stated. "With so many exciting and innovative projects to choose from it was a challenging task, and it took a practical army of judges from coast to coast to do it justice. The process also makes it a huge honour to win, so there will be great anticipation and excitement when the winners are announced in May."
The CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence will be presented for projects of varying sizes in the following categories:
• New Home Awards (15 finalists in total)
• Home Renovation Awards (10 in total)
• Marketing Awards (10 in total)
• Community Development Award (one award)
• Net Zero Home Award (one award)
The new Net Zero Home Award is being introduced this year to recognize a high energy efficient home under the association's net zero labelling program.
Two major national awards, one for marketing excellence and one for design excellence, will also be presented to the home builder who has achieved the highest level of success in the marketing and new homes categories respectively.