Requirements for Eligibility

Membership Requirements
All members of the GOHBA who have become a member of the Association prior to February 1, 2017 are eligible to submit entries into the Awards.  Applicants must remain in good standing with no invoices outstanding greater than 31 days as of the online deadline date, July 20, 2017. Any GOHBA member may be listed as a co-submitter with one of their project partners by joining prior to July 20, 2017 for a minimum of a one year GOHBA membership. A maximum of 2 co-submitters may be listed on one project.

Project Requirements
All projects must be in Ontario within an 80km radius of Parliament Hill as per Google Maps. Any projects submitted outside of this boundary must be entered in the Anywhere in the World Category. Submissions must be 90% complete (excluding landscaping) to qualify to enter the awards. In the case of a multiple phased project, the phase being entered must be 90% complete. The project in the applicant's submission must have been completed between May 2015 and August 2017.

Eligibility Requirements
All entries will be reviewed by the GOHBA to ensure they meet all of the category requirements. Any entry that does not meet these requirements will be subject to disqualification. A minimum of TWO entries is required to stage a competition in a category. Entries may be withdrawn or reclassified based on eligibility into another category as mutually agreed by the entrant and the Housing Design Awards Committee.

Projects that have been previously entered may be re-entered, if they have not been named a finalist in the past and they meet all of the other requirements for eligibility

Please note that submitted project photos cannot include people, pets, or text.  Entrants agree that the materials submitted may be used by the GOHBA for promotional purposes. Project names and photographic images provided online may be used publicly by the GOHBA or a third party at the discretion of the Association.  The maximum file size per photo is 10MB. Please be patient for large files to upload.

Contemporary & Traditional Design Categories
Categorizing entries will be at the discretion of the entrant. However, said entries may be reclassified if the the judges feel it is warranted.

Drawings & Floor Plans
Any drawings and floor plans submitted MUST include the following:

  • Key components must be identified, including cabinetry, appliances, sinks, etc.
    Keep in mind that proper line weights and presentation style drawings are encouraged. 3D views and colour renderings are permitted to enhance the intent of the design.
  • Overall room area and dimensions must be shown
  • Logo and company names need to be omitted

Custom Homes
In order to submit in any Custom Home categories, the Builder, Architect, or Architectural Designer must be included as the entrant or co-submitter.

Square footage for kitchen submissions is defined as the floor area of the room in which the kitchen is located. An integrated eating area, breakfast nook, food pantry, telephone desk or lounging area is considered to be part of the kitchen space. Please extend your calculation of square footage three feet past the kitchen island. For the E7 categories, entries must be accompanied by detailed pricing information as outlined in the category requirements.

In order for your entries to be judged, the SUBMIT button must be selected for each of your entries prior to the Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:59 PM deadline.

Finalist Boards
Finalists will be announced on August 18, 2017. The finalist entries consist of the preparation of an Awards board that will be displayed at the Ottawa Fall Home Show and the Housing Design Awards Gala. GOHBA will produce a photo board for every finalist entry. Each finalist will receive detailed instructions and templates on this board production process. GOHBA will print each finalist board with graphics, after the finalist has determined the photo placement location.  These photo boards will be on display at the Ottawa Fall Home Show at the EY Centre. Boards will also be displayed in the foyer space of the Gala reception on October 21st. After the Gala, your boards are yours to keep for further promotional purposes.

There will be an additional $15 designer fee per finalist board if the finalist chooses not to create their own board using InDesign or Photoshop