Categories and Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements for All Categories

The home(s) or project must have been completed or first model opened between January 1, 2018, and September 1, 2020. 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, 2020. 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.

Should the need arise, the judges reserve the right to subdivide any category as appropriate in an effort to provide fairer competition.

Site and Floor Plan Requirements for Eligible Categories

File should contain all floor plans and relevant elevations that are representative of what you are submitting. Furnished, marketing-style floor plans and elevations are encouraged. Submissions should not be longer than six pages if submitting a pdf. If this is a remodeling submission, please include “before” plan(s), if possible.

Photography Requirements for All Categories

It is highly recommended that for all categories that are not strictly interior architecture or design that sufficient exterior photography be submitted to demonstrate the design characteristics of the home, residential building or community. Entries without sufficient exterior photography, if applicable, may be removed from consideration.

On the Board applicants should submit sufficient renderings and other architectural drawings in lieu of photographs.

Green applicants should use the green image/photograph upload area for green-specific features. Professional photography is not required. Images could include, but are not limited to, xeriscaping, wall assemblies, solar installations, other innovative green details, etc.

Remodeling applicants should include sufficient “before” and “after” photography that showcases the transformation and final product.

Monogram Appliance kitchen applicants (must check “yes” to “Did this project incorporate Monogram Appliances?” question under Project Details tab) should use the Monogram Appliance image/upload area for Monogram Appliance imagery. Images could include, but are not limited to, any kitchen appliances that are from the Monogram Appliance line.

Additional eligibility requirements by category are below.

Single-Family Production or Builder Spec

Categories 1 through 8: Submissions should be single-family detached homes built for sale or builder spec homes built without a specific client’s input. Homes built for specific clients who have input from design through construction should be entered in the appropriate Custom Home category. Square footage refers to conditioned living space. 

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 townhouse style structures built for sale. Submissions can include micro-housing dwelling units attached as a part of a townhouse style structure as long as they are built for sale and are not sold as a part of another unit. Condominium or garden-style apartments should be entered in the appropriate multifamily category.

10. Single-Family, For Rent
Submissions should be single-family homes (detached or attached, and including townhomes) that are built specifically for rent and built without a specific client’s input. Apartments or condominium style structures should be submitted in the appropriate multifamily category.

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: siting, design, material selection, 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).

12. On-the-Boards Single-Family Production Home
Submissions should be production homes that are being developed for or in response to a specific project or need. Submissions shall include necessary material (site plans, floor plans, elevations and renderings) to describe the proposed home design and any unique features of that design.

Single-Family Custom

Categories 13 through 20: Submissions can include micro-housing (tiny homes) and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Micro-housing should be entered in category 13 and is defined as a stand-alone structure on an individual site with no other residential unit present. ADUs should be entered in category 20 and are defined as secondary living units in conjunction with another residence. All other custom homes should be entered into the appropriate category by their square footage of conditioned living space.

13. One-of-a-Kind Custom Home up to 2,000 sq. ft.

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

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

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

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

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

19. One-of-a-Kind Custom Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.

20. Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

21. Green One-of-a-Kind Custom 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: siting, design, material selection, 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).

22. On-the-Boards Single-Family Custom Home
Submissions should be fully developed designs that have not yet begun or completed construction. The home should have a specific client who is giving input on the design that is being developed. Submissions shall include necessary material (site plans, floor plans, elevations and renderings) to describe the proposed home design and any unique features or solutions of that design.

Multifamily

Categories 23 through 28: For developments up to 3 stories, this refers to the maximum above grade. For 4 stories and over, calculate the number of stories including the podium.

23. Development up to 3 Stories, Built for Sale

24. Development 4 – 7 Stories, Built for Sale

25. Development 8 Stories & Over, Built for Sale

26. Development up to 3 Stories, For Rent

27. Development 4 – 7 Stories, For Rent

28. Development 8 Stories & Over, For Rent

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

30. Student Housing

31. On-the-Boards Multifamily Project
Submissions should be are being developed for or in response to a specific project or need. Submissions shall include necessary material (site plans, floor plans, elevations and renderings) to describe the proposed home design and any unique features of that design.

Affordable

32. Affordable, Single-Family Detached or Attached
Submissions should be single-family detached or attached (townhomes) built for sale, with a sale price of no more than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The homes will be judged based on the same criteria as the Single-Family Production Homes (Categories 1 through 8).

33. Affordable, Multifamily
Submissions should be multifamily projects that are affordable or mixed affordable and market rate, with rental rates or sales prices that do not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for at least 25% of units.

Remodeling

If the project is entirely new construction, it should be entered into another category for newly built homes or rooms. Dollar amounts refer to the cost of the remodel.

34. Entire Home, up to $250,000

35. Entire Home, $250,001 – $750,000

36. Entire Home, Over $750,000

37. 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: siting, design, material selection, 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).

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

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

40. Kitchen, up to $75,000

41. Kitchen, $75,000 – $125,000

42. Kitchen, Over $125,000

43. Bath, up to $50,000

44. Bath, Over $50,000

45. 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.

46. Specialty Project
Submissions must focus on any one single space that serves a dedicated function within a home. Examples include, but are not limited to, entries, foyers, living rooms, entertainment rooms, home offices, libraries, garages, wine cellars, dining areas and accessory buildings.

47. 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.

48. Single-Family Community, Under 100 Units

49. Single-Family Community, 100 Units & Over

For mixed-use communities, submissions must incorporate a mix of at least two housing types which can be single-family detached, single-family attached, duplexes, multifamily, live-work units, 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.

50. Mixed-Use Community, Single-Family

51. Mixed-Use Community, Multifamily

52. 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 detached, single-family attached, multifamily, or a mix thereof.

53. Green Community
Green communities can include single- and multifamily communities. 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: siting, design, material selection, 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).

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

55. On-the-Boards Community
Submissions should include an innovative solution to a site, social, environmental, business, community or other need. Communities may be single- or multifamily or a mix thereof.

Interior Architecture & Design

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

56. Kitchen, Custom
Submissions must focus on a kitchen within a private residence. Only new construction projects are eligible.

57. Kitchen, Production or Builder Spec
Submissions must focus on a kitchen within a model home. Only new construction projects are eligible.

58. Master Suite, Custom
Submissions must focus on a master suite within a private residence. Only new construction projects are eligible.

59. Master Suite, Production or Builder Spec
Submissions must focus on a master suite within a model home. Only new construction projects are eligible.

60. Specialty Room/Project, Custom
Submissions must focus on any one single space that serves a dedicated function within a private residence. Examples include, but are not limited to, entries, foyers, living rooms, entertainment rooms, home offices, libraries, garages, wine cellars and dining areas. Only new construction projects are eligible.

61. Specialty Room/Project, Production or Builder Spec
Submissions must focus on any one single space that serves a dedicated function within a model home. Examples include, but are not limited to, entries, foyers, living rooms, entertainment rooms, home offices, libraries, garages, wine cellars and dining areas. Only new construction projects are eligible.

62. On-the-Boards Interior Design
Submissions must focus on interior architecture, design appeal, programming, and creative use of interior space in a private residence or model home. Only new construction projects are eligible.

Specialty

63. Outdoor Room

64. Design Detail
Entries should highlight one particular detail per entry. Submissions can include, but are not limited to staircases, window casing details, bars, water features, etc. Entire spaces or rooms should be entered into Categories 60 and 61: Specialty Room/Project.

65. 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, innovations in products and interior design, and design responses to COVID-19. Submissions must enhance the experience of residents. View the 2019 Game Changer here.

66. Healthy Home
Healthy home building concepts refers to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and considered above code health and wellness practices. Throughout a buildings commissioning and occupant lifecycle from siting, design, material selection, construction, operation and maintenance. Healthy home building concepts often earn certifications such as Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW), FIT Well and WELL Build.