Eligibility Questions

I was a finalist in a category last year but didn’t win. Can I enter the same project again?

Yes, you may enter again as long as you did not win in that category and if the project is still for sale within the eligibility window (Project that is open for sale between June 23 2016 and June 22 2017).

I won in a category last year – Can I apply for the same category with the same project again?

No – Projects that have won a category in the previous year are not eligible to be entered into a similar category this year.

Can I enter a production built home that has been built but has yet to sell?

If it is a production built home, and the model is still being sold between the qualifying periods (June 23 2016 – June 22 2017) then it would be eligible. If you are no longer selling the design during this period then the project would not qualify.

Can I enter a project that is not yet built?

Yes – As long as the project is for sale within the eligibility window (June 23 2016 – June 22 2017). If the category requires to you submit interior or exterior photos you may provide a rendering.

Category Questions

Best Website – What kind of websites are accepted? (i.e. corporate vs. project)

Eligible websites include corporate, project and builder or renovator websites.

  • If you are submitting for a corporate site you can simply enter the company name in all of the fields.
  • If you are submitting for a specific project then you would enter the info that pertains to that project.

How do I qualify for Project of the Year?

Once you have submitted a single project in the 4 required categories, you will automatically qualify for Project of the Year. You will receive a notification on the home page in the Project of the Year section if you have qualified.

Once you have qualified you may choose to enter Project of the Year if you wish. You can then fill out the corresponding application, add the entry to your shopping cart, and pay for the submission.

Aside from the application, you do not need to complete any additional requirements as the information from the individual entries is used to judge the project overall.

Entry Requirements Questions

Do I have to use the headers provided in the project description?

While you do not have to keep the headers provided, you must follow the topics outlines by the headers. These are elements the judges are looking for in your description.

Can I use point form for my project description?

Yes – We encourage you to use point form in your project description to be concise.

I have a maximum of 525 words for my project description. How does that break down under each heading?

You can break down the 525 words how you see fit, however we recommend equally dividing the word count between the provided headers.

I have to upload my company and project logo in eps. – What does this mean?

EPS is a file extension for graphics files. We request EPS. because it is a high resolution file, which allows for a transparent background. This is important for final print materials and on-screen content.

What are acceptable formats for a “Proof of ad placement” during the designated time frame?

There are a number of acceptable formats for a “Proof of ad placement.” You can supply one of the following; scanned copies of the original ad in the publication, pictures of the ad within a magazine or newspaper, or an invoice showing the dates the ad was run. The most important factor for all formats is that the dates when the ad was published must be evident..

When you ask for the project cost in Renovation, Room Design and Custom Home Categories, is that pre or post tax?

Project cost is always to be pre-tax.

When you ask for a marketing budget does that include the cost of putting together the sales brochure and media marketing costs?

The marketing budget is the cost to produce the final product – this does not include media costs to air or run your ad.

I noticed that you do not want any reference of our company in the project description to keep it anonymous. Does that apply to the Floorplan and marketing materials as well? We have it watermarked on all of our plans.

We understand that many companies have their logo on floor plans or renderings. If possible we ask that you remove the logo. If you are unable to remove the logo we ask that it is watermarked, or small in one of the bottom corners. We do this to ensure judging remains anonymous and un-biased.

I see there are “optional” requirements. What impact do these additional elements have?

While you are not required to upload the optional requirements, they help to provide a full picture to the judges.

I put in the wrong project name. Can I change it?

Once you get to the review section, just prior to adding the submission to your shopping cart you will be able to make any changes necessary to the project or company name.

Why can’t a client name appear in my project or model name?

We ask that you do not use a client name or address in the project or model name for two reasons; first, to keep the privacy of your client, and second to ensure judging is anonymous and un-biased.

Production Built Home: Any design that is reproduced multiple times on a given site with only minimal purchaser customization.

Custom Home: Any design that is unique or reproduced only once on a given site and may include a mass-produced model that is heavily customized by a purchaser to make it relatively unique.

Floor plan: A scale diagram of the arrangement of rooms in a low-rise building. In a high rise building the floor plan would show the layout of the individual suite.

Floorplate: A scale diagram of the arrangement of suites, including amenities and common areas in a high-rise building. Also known as a key plate.

Square Footage: Does not include below grade basement level. Exception – The basement may be included as a storey in the Mid-Rise categories specified.

Site Plan: A plan of the full project / subdivision.

Exterior Project Rendering: An exterior rendering specific to the model/project being entered.

Project Name: The overall project title.

Model Name: Specific to a home or suite.

EPS. Format: EPS is a file extension for graphics files. We request EPS. because it is a high resolution file, which allows for a transparent background. This is important for final print materials and on-screen content.

Social Media: Social media is defined as electronic communication, specifically created for use online, which shares information, ideas, articles, promotions and other content such as videos, blogs etc. and allows interaction with the audience through media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Blogs, Flickr etc.

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