Get the recognition you deserve – BALA now accepting entries!

The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) is now accepting entries through August 24, 2018.

BALA is the building industry’s premier residential design awards program. BALA spotlights the most creative and talented building industry professionals who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities nationally and internationally. Winning projects showcase what building industry professionals need to know to set their product apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.

BALA entrants do not need to be members of NAHB to apply.

With over 50 categories, including some changes and new additions for 2018, there is a place for your award-worthy project. BALA awards projects in the following areas:

  • Single-family
  • Multifamily
  • Affordable, including single- and multifamily
  • Remodeling
  • Community
  • Interior design
  • Specialty, including the Game Changer award and Design Detail

Also new this year is the awards dashboard, making it easier than ever to enter. Applications have been streamlined for a better user experience, and the new duplicate feature allows applicants to quickly copy an application to another category (think single-family custom and custom kitchen) or to another awards program (for example, a BALA Single-Family 55+ to the Best of 55+ Housing Awards).

Save BIG on BALA!

If your BALA entry is green-certified, you can enter the Best in Green (BIG) Awards for only $50!

It’s easy to enter; once you pay for your BALA entry, just copy your BALA entry application information to the BIG Awards with the click of a button and complete a few additional green-focused questions. Visit to learn more.

Which NAHB awards program is right for me?

The answer may be multiple! Use the quick reference guide below, and don’t hesitate reach out to staff with any questions.

Best in American Living Awards (BALA)
Project-based awards that celebrate architectural and design excellence

Best in Green Awards (BIG)
Awards that recognize people and green certified projects that are leading the way to a more sustainable future

Best of 55+ Housing Awards
The only national 55+ awards program honoring people, companies, projects and programs

Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards
Celebrating excellence in the multifamily industry with recognition for projects, individuals and organizations

Apply now!

Questions? Reach out to Alexandra Isham, program manager, design at NAHB via email or 202-266-8469.

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