Categories and Eligibility

Please review all categories and eligibility requirements before beginning your application. Read the FAQ for more information, or review the judging criteria.

Eligibility Requirements for All Categories

The home(s) or project must have been completed or first model opened between January 1, 2017, and September 1, 2019 (communities or project phases for larger communities must have at least 50% of the building units and 50% of the infrastructure completed by September 1, 2019). The same project may be entered for awards in multiple categories. Winning projects previously entered are not eligible to submit again for the same category. Any home owned or occupied by a staff member of NAHB shall be disqualified.

Additional eligibility requirements by category are below.

Single-family production

Submissions should be single-family homes built for sale. Single-family homes built for a specific client or built as spec homes should be entered into the single-family custom categories.

  1. Detached Home up to 2,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale

2. Detached Home 2,001 – 2,500 sq. ft., Built for Sale

3. Detached Home 2,501 – 3,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale

4. Detached Home 3,001 – 3,500 sq. ft., Built for Sale

5. Detached Home 3,501 – 4,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale

6. Detached Home 4,001 – 4,500 sq. ft., Built for Sale

7. Detached Home 4,501 – 5,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale

8. Detached Home Over 5,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale

9. Attached Homes/Townhouses, Built for Sale
Submissions should be single-family, attached town homes built for sale. Multifamily projects similar to garden-style apartments and condominiums should be entered into one of the multifamily categories below.

10. 55+, Single-Family
Submissions should be either single-family attached or single-family detached homes that are built for residents aged 55 and over.

11. Green Detached Home, Built for Sale
Green building concepts refers to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building concepts often earn certifications such as National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Single-family custom

12. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home up to 2,000 sq. ft.
Submissions can include micro-housing (tiny homes). Should there be a number of significantly smaller entries, judges may elect to divide Category 11 into two categories.

13. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 2,001 – 3,000 sq. ft.

14. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 3,001 – 4,000 sq. ft.

15. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 4,001 – 5,000 sq. ft.

16. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 5,001 – 6,000 sq. ft.

17. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 6,001 – 8,000 sq. ft.

18. One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.

19. Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

20. Green One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home
Green building concepts refers to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building concepts often earn certifications such as National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Multifamily

21. Development up to 3 Stories, Built for Sale

22. Development 4 – 7 Stories, Built for Sale

23. Development 8 Stories & Over, Built for Sale

24. Development up to 3 Stories, For Rent

25. Development 4 – 7 Stories, For Rent

26. Development 8 Stories & Over, For Rent

27. Adaptive Reuse, Multifamily
Submissions should be multifamily projects for sale or rent that are the result of an adaptive reuse.

28. 55+, Multifamily

29. Student Housing

Affordable

30. Affordable, Single-Family Detached or Attached
Submissions should be single-family homes that are affordable and do not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

31. Affordable, Multifamily
Submissions should be multifamily projects that are affordable and do not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Remodeling (whole home, additions and historic preservation)

If the project is entirely new construction, it should be entered into another category for newly built homes or rooms.

32. Entire Home, up to $250,000

33. Entire Home, $250,001 – $750,000

34. Entire Home, Over $750,000

35. Addition, Indoor or Outdoor, up to $100,000

36. Addition, Indoor or Outdoor, Over $100,000

37. Historic Preservation/Restoration
Submission must preserve the character of the original structure and meet the local qualifications for a historic building. The project does not need to be registered as a historic building to be considered.

38. Green Entire Home Remodel
Green building concepts refers to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building concepts often earn certifications such as National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Remodeling (individual spaces, specialty projects and aging-in-place)

If the project is entirely new construction, it should be entered into another category for newly built homes or rooms.

39. Kitchen, up to $50,000

40. Kitchen, $50,001 – $100,000

41. Kitchen, Over $100,000

42. Bath, up to $50,000

43. Bath, Over $50,000

44. Specialty Project

45. Aging in Place

COMMUNITY

For larger, phased communities, amenities in future phases cannot be claimed on this application.

For single-family communities, submissions may be a master planned community, or a phase or neighborhood within a master planned community that either has their own amenities or shares amenities with surrounding neighborhoods. Examples of amenities include swimming pools, tennis courts, schools, community centers, bike trails, golf courses, clubhouses, equestrian center, etc.

46. Single-Family Community, Under 100 Units

47. Single-Family Community, 100 Units & Over

For mixed-use communities, submissions incorporate a mix of at least two housing types which can be single-family attached, single-family detached, multifamily, live-work units, duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, etc. Submissions also incorporate two or more uses – Residential, Commercial, Office, or Institutional – within a single site plan and may be in an urban, suburban or rural area.

48. Mixed-Use Community, Single-Family

49. Mixed-Use Community, Multifamily

50. Infill Community
Submissions may be either new development or adaptive reuse of an existing structure that is sited on vacant or underused land within an existing community and is surrounded by other types of development. Submissions can be single-family attached, single-family detached, multifamily, or a mix thereof.

51. 55+, Community
Submissions can be single-family attached, single-family detached, multifamily, or a mix thereof and must include designs and amenities that target residents aged 55+.

52. Community Facility
Submissions can be either standalone buildings or part of a larger building with other uses and must be built.

53. Green Community
Green building concepts refers to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building concepts often earn certifications such as National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Interior design

Submissions to interior design categories should be new construction. Remodeling projects should be entered in their respective remodel category.

54. Kitchen, Custom

55. Kitchen, Production

56. Master Suite, Custom

57. Master Suite, Production

58. Specialty Room/Project, Custom

59. Specialty Room/Project, Production

60. Outdoor Room

SPECIALTY

61. Design Detail
Submissions can include, but are not limited to staircases, window casing details, bars, water features, etc.

62. The Game Changer
Submissions should showcase innovation and have the ability to significantly influence the residential design and housing industry over the next five years. Both individual projects and products are eligible to receive this award, including but not limited to new home design concepts, new types of site development, and innovations in products and interior design. Submissions must enhance the experience of residents. As an example, the 2016 Game Changer is Centriq.

63. International Housing
Submissions can be single-family production or custom, multifamily or community located anywhere outside of the United States.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Alexandra Isham at 800-368-5242 x8469 or via email at aisham@nahb.org.