Judging Procedures

Judging for this awards competition takes place entirely in an online format, to ensure each project is judged individually by our respective judges. The online system allows us to use judges outside of our region to ensure objectivity. The judging panel will consist of respected Home Builder Association members and/or professionals from outside of the Ottawa area with experience and expertise in our industry. The judges may include builders, renovators, architects, planners, interior designers, educators and other individuals considered to be appropriate by the Housing Design Awards Committee. Up to five finalists will be selected per award category.

Please note that all competition judging (excluding the Ottawa Citizen's Peoples' Choice Award) will be completed online, and all entries will be judged according to the criteria set out for each award. Judging panel decisions will be final.

Based on member feedback, we will have a new system for voting online and at the Ottawa Fall Home Show for the Ottawa Citizen’s Peoples’ Choice Award. Additional details to follow with the announcement of award finalists.

Scoring will be available to finalists upon request following the Awards Gala on October 21, 2017