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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Entry Process

Entry Fees

Early-Bird Pricing

All Categories are $150.00 each (plus 13% HST #122057771RT), with the exception of the People's Choice Award.
Early-Bird pricing in effect from Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:00 AM to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Note: In order to receive early bird pricing, your submission must be completed and fully paid for by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Regular Pricing

All Categories are $175.00 each (plus 13% HST #122057771RT), with the exception of the People's Choice Award.
Regular pricing in effect from Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM to Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:00 PM

All fees are paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) through a secure server.

All entry forms MUST be completed online on this website (ohbaaod.ca). Sorry, no refunds will be given.

Who Helped You: Must be companies that are members in good standing of OHBA

*Companies entered must be members in good standing of OHBA as of June 22 2017. Only company names are allowed (no individual names). We will be ensuring that companies entered are members. You are allowed to enter a maximum of four credits for Who Helped You (per entry). Only the Builder, Developer or Renovator of a submitted project will be the recipient of the award. Submitters may receive credit to at the request of the builder, developer or renovator.

*Architect companies who are members of the Ontario Association of Architects are excluded from this requirement.

By completing this section, be advised that each company that you have given credit to in this submission will become public knowledge and may be publicized in various OHBA marketing materials. In accordance with privacy laws, please ensure that you have obtained permission from each respective company to allow OHBA to use their name and/or logo as a result of your Awards of Distinction submission. If they do not want OHBA to use their name and/or logo, please do not list them as a credit to company.

Category and Process Changes

Have questions? Not sure about terminology?

Check out OHBA’s new FAQ & Terminology Index.

Early Bird Pricing

This year OHBA will be implementing an early bird pricing system for AoD Submissions.

Early-Bird Pricing - All Categories are $150.00 each (plus 13% HST #122057771RT), with the exception of the People's Choice Award.
Early-Bird pricing in effect from Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:00 AM to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Note: In order to receive early bird pricing, your submission must be completed and fully paid for by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Regular Pricing - All Categories are $175.00 each (plus 13% HST #122057771RT), with the exception of the People's Choice Award.
Regular pricing in effect from Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:59 PM to Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Be a Judge

Interested in being a judge for the OHBA Awards of Distinction. Apply online today.

Square Footage

“Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen” (17-18) – Square footage has been realigned to match Production Built Home categories

Hard Copy Materials

Hard copy materials removed for “Best Low Rise and High or Mid Rise Ad Campaign” (25-26) – All requirements must now be uploaded into the online submission.

Who Helped You

New this year – You will no longer have to “opt in” in order to give credit to.

By completing this section, be advised that each company that you have given credit to in this submission will become public knowledge and may be publicized in various OHBA marketing materials. In accordance with privacy laws, please ensure that you have obtained permission from each respective company to allow OHBA to use their name and/or logo as a result of your Awards of Distinction submission. If they do not want OHBA to use their name and/or logo, please do not list them as a credit to company.

Before You Begin

Download / Print Full Category List


Do I Need to Sign Up Or Sign In?

User accounts are not transferred over from year to year. If you have yet to do so in 2017 you will need to create a new account.

The Awards of Distinction and the OHBA Conference websites share user accounts. If you create an account on this site, you need to use the same username(email) and password on the Conference site, and vis versa. Any changes made to your user account are automatically applied to both websites.

* Disclaimer: While you do not need to be a member of OHBA in order to create an account on the Awards of Distinction website, please note that in order for any entry to be accepted, the submitting company must be a member in good standing with OHBA as of June 22, 2017. In order for anyone to receive “credit to” for a submission, they must also be a member in good standing with OHBA as of June 22, 2017.

To Create an Account

  • Once the online submissions opens, you will see a link in the blue menu bar to the left - "Sign Up / Sign In". Click It!
  • Then click on the "Sign Up" button.
  • Fill out the required information. (You do not need to be a member of OHBA to create an account).

Note:Once the online submission deadline has passed, you will not be able to create a new account.

Sign In

  • If you have already created an account in 2017. All you need to do is click on the same button on the left, and choose "Sign In"
  • Enter your email address and password and click "Submit"

I Have Forgotten My Password

  • No problem, click on the "Sign Up / Sign In" button on the left
  • Choose "Sign In" and click on "I Forgot My Password"
  • Enter the email address and postal code you signed up with and click on "Reset Password"
  • A temporary password will be emailed to you, follow the instructions and soon you will be creating a new password and signing in

Navigating Around

This section assumes you know how to sign up or sign in, for info on this, click on Before You Begin above. When you have signed into your account you will see the following menu items in the blue menu bar on the left.

Back to Public Site

This takes you back to our public web pages (this one for example). To get back to your submissions, click on "Your Submissions" on the menu bar on the left.

Submission Home

This is your home page (the main foyer if you will) for your submissions. There are four different sections to the Submission Home:

  • Incomplete Submissions: These are submissions that you have started but have yet to meet the minimum requirements of the category, or you have not added them to your shopping cart. A submission is saved in this section as soon as you submit your choices of Category, Company and Project (if required). You can delete a submission if you require. This section will only be displayed for you when you actually have an incomplete submission. After the submission deadline has passed, you will not be able to access this section.
  • Submissions In Shopping Cart: These are submissions that are ready for you to pay for and complete. If you are ready to do so, click on "Pay and Complete Submissions" (more on this below). Submissions in this section can be viewed, changed, moved to incomplete (if you are unsure about something) and deleted. You can make multiple transactions and choose which submissions in your cart will be in a single transaction, so don't feel you have to pay for everything at once. After the submission deadline has passed, you will not be able to access this section.
  • Completed Submissions: These are submissions that you have completed and paid for. You will be able to view and make adjustments to them up until the submission deadline. You cannot remove completed submissions, if there is an issue, please contact us.
  • Project of the Year Status: This section displays the projects that have been entered into at least one qualifying category of Project of the Year. You will be able to click on "View Progress", to see what categories you have submitted to and which ones you need to apply to. A submission must be at least in your Shopping Cart to be counted. Once a project meets all the requirements you will see a button, "Submit To This Category", click it if you want to enter.

Start A Submission

This button starts a new submission and can be pressed at any time up until the submission deadline.

Account Information

This is where you can view and change the information you signed up with, with the exception of your password. To change your password you will need to log out and follow the instructions found in Before you Begin above.

Transactions

Here you will be able to view a list of your transaction details. Click on the link to download or print a list of submissions included in each transaction. If you have submitted to a category that requires you to send in material (hard copies), you will want to download this document, it has information on how and when to send them in.

Sign Out

This securely signs you out of your account. This is important to do especially if you are sharing a computer or device.

Now that you have the lay of the land, click on the next section and we will take you through the submission process.

Step One: Select A Category

Okay, there is one tiny thing you need to do before choosing a category, click on the "Start a Submission" button in the blue menu bar on the left. Once you click the button you will see a list of categories organized by category group. Browse through the categories (you may want to get yourself a cup of coffee) until you find a category you might want to submit to and click it.

A window will pop up showing you all the requirements of the category. If you are ready, click on "I Want to Submit to this Category". Now you are ready to choose your Company and Project, click on the next section below.

Wait: Just a reminder, Project of the Year works differently, you need to start that process on the Submission Home page when you have a project that qualifies. You will receive notification if you have entries that qualifies for Project of the Year.

Okay now you can move on.

Step Two: Add / Select A Company and Project

Note: Some categories do not require a project, just your company selection.

So you have chosen the category, now you need to choose your company. Don't see any companies listed? You must be a new User. Click on the "Add a Company".

Adding A Company

The companies you add must be active members of OHBA. To be an active member of OHBA you need to be an active member of at least one of their local associations.

  • Enter the Company name and Click on "Search Company": We will then search through the OHBA database for the company name. If your publicly used name is different than the one you signed up with a local association, enter that one for now.
  • Search Results: We will display a list of local associations we found (active members only). It really does not matter which one you pick, but let us know which version of the name you want us to use. This is important as we will use this name for your trophy (think positive) and any publicity we do. Then click on Submit this Record
  • A record was not found: If you know that the company is an active member, click on "Continue", we can sort this out later.
  • Next you will be asked to enter the company's contact information. Please make sure this is accurate as we will need to contact them/you with this information.
  • Review this Information and if it is correct click on "Save Company Info"

If the category you are submitting to does not require a project, click on the Company you want to submit and click on "Submit". If it requires a project, read on.

Choosing a Project

So you clicked on the company you want to choose and there are no projects listed. The solution, click on "Add a Project". Adding a project is simpler than companies, just enter the required information click on "Review This Information", and if it is accurate, click on "Save Project Info"

Now that you have at least one Company and Project added choose both and click on "Submit". Once you submit this information, this submission will be added as Incomplete. You will be able to access this submission in the future on the Submission Home page.

Step Three: Add Requirements

Now the fun begins. After choosing the category, company and project (if required), you will be directed to the Requirements page where you will see a group of boxes. You can go in and out of these boxes adding and changing information and media as you see fit. Some information will be mandatory and some will be optional. Within the boxes you will be able to view your progress. Once you have met the minimum requirements of a category a note will be displayed. If you are ready to move forward click on "Review Submission". A couple of notes:

  • Company And Project Logo: Company logos are always mandatory, Project logos are always optional. Once you upload a logo, you will not have to do it again for future submissions. Company and project logos must be uploaded in eps. format.
  • Pay close attention to the instructions: From what information to put where to file size and type, they are all there to help you put your submission in a position for a positive judging experience.

Step Four: Review Your Submission

Almost DONE

On the review page, we will show you all the information and media you have entered for this submission. You will have an opportunity to go back and change:

  • Company and Project Info. You are NOT allowed to change this information to an entirely different Company and/or Project. If you choose the wrong Company or Project, you can either delete the submission and start again, or contact us.
  • Change the Information or Media you entered. Just click on "Make More Changes to Content And Media"

If you are satisfied that your submission is accurate and complete, read the Terms paragraph carefully and show us you agree by checking the confirmation box. Then click on "Add To Shopping Cart"

Your submission has now been added to your cart. If you want to add more submissions, click on "Start a Submission". If you want to pay and complete this submission, go to your Shopping Cart on submission Home and click on "Pay and Complete Submissions".

A full Description of the Checkout Procedure is below.

Checkout Procedure

When you have one or more submissions in your shopping cart and wish to fully complete them, click on "Pay And Complete Your Submissions". You will be able to pay for your chosen submissions securely by credit card.

You can make multiple transactions and choose which submissions in your cart will be in a single transaction, so don't feel you have to pay for everything at once. After the submission deadline has passed, you will not be able to access this section.

Cardholder Information

For your convenience we have passed the information you entered when you signed up for your account with us. If you are using a credit card with different information, feel free to change it.

Review your order details to make sure they are correct and then enter your credit card information (Visa and Mastercard only). When your transaction has been successfully completed an email will be sent to the address that was entered in the Cardholder Information.

When the transaction has been completed we will display your transaction details for you. Click on the link to download or print a list of submissions included in the transaction. If you have submitted to a category that requires you to send in material (hard copies), you will want to download this document, it has information on how and when to send them in.

Exit Survey

You will have an opportunity to fill out an exit survey to give your opinion on the submission experience. All information is used to help improve the user experience year over year. This survey is optional.

Was there an issue with your transaction? If so please contact us.

Payment Support: info@ohbaaod.ca
Technical Issues: tech@ohbaaod.ca

Hard Copy Exhibit Materials

The only categories that require hard copy materials are:

  • 33. Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 Storeys)
  • 34. Best high or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ Storeys)

Each of these categories require you to submit 5 complete brochures.

Entry Form:

Each entry will have a unique entry number. This number must be written on all hard copy exhibit materials and the Entry Form.

Download, print and complete the Entry Form to accompany the required exhibit materials for that entry.

This entry form is crucial to ensure the judges are receiving the correct information and content.

Address Label:

For your convenience, click on the button below to download and print the Address Label. (Avery Standard 5164 – Address)

Ontario Home Builder's Association - Awards of Distinction