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Award category definitions

 

The following provides all category definitions, judging criteria with weightings and locations the categories are offered, so you can select the category/ies that best suit your project(s). Projects can be entered into multiple categories where applicable.

Affordable Housing

This award recognises a home or housing development that demonstrates innovation in the design and construction of the home/s which assists in delivering an affordable product. Entries may include single dwellings, granny flats or secondary dwellings. Evidence that the home offers an affordable housing option in the region the home is built, and includes features and inclusions which assist to reduce on-going operating costs, must be provided.

Projects which meet Government Affordable Housing scheme in those states where they exist, must provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria for that scheme.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 30 points, design effectiveness and visual appeal 30 points, innovation 10 points and the basis on which the home is deemed to offer an affordable housing product 30 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

•  Gold Coast/Northern Rivers •  Hunter •  New South Wales • Coffs Harbour •  Cairns • Northern Territory  • Queensland  • Victoria • Western Australia

 

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Affordable Kitchen

This award recognises a cost effective kitchen installed in a residential dwelling which can include, but not limited to, modular kitchens. Built from a standard design with simplified procedures to fit into the home, which assists in delivering an affordable product.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, work zone 5 points, ergonomics 5 points, value for money 10 points, movement 5 points, lighting 5 points, design appearance and innovation 20 points, presentation drawings and specifications 10 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

•  Cairns

 

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Apartment Complex

Entries in this award category are residential apartment buildings. (Where other uses are within the building, the residential use must be the predominant use). In addition to the design features, the judges will assess the integration of the buildings in their context including common areas, external construction, site conditions, recreational spaces and features that contribute to livable communities.

A residential apartment building is two or more storeys, not including car parking, and containing at least two self-contained dwellings. These projects must be classified as either Class 2 or 3 buildings under the Building Code of Australia.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points

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Apartment of the Year

This is awarded to an individual residential dwelling within an apartment complex. The apartment may be any dwelling within the complex including the Penthouse. Entries in this category are assessed on the quality of workmanship and design innovation within the individual apartment. Consideration is also given to the central amenities within the complex.

A residential apartment building is two or more storeys, not including car parking, and containing at least two self-contained dwellings. These projects must be classified as either Class 2 or 3 buildings under the Building Code of Australia.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 35 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points

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Apprentice

 

The Apprentice Awards celebrate the achievements of our future tradespeople while encouraging continued excellence in the industry. The awards recognise outstanding trade knowledge, quality building work, strong presentation and solid trade school results. Judges consider attitude to work, maturity, personal development and overall progress throughout the apprenticeship.

This award is open to all apprentices of HIA members. Apprentices can be nominated by their host, by HIA Apprentices or they can nominate themselves.

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Bathroom Design

The Bathroom Design category recognises excellence in design of a renovated or new residential project. Bathroom Design entries are judged on the design, innovation and flair demonstrated by the designer. The entry must recognise the principle designer of the project. Bathroom Design entries must have been installed and completed prior to close of entries.

Site inspections of Bathroom Design entries will not be undertaken, therefore it is important that professional, high resolution images are supplied for judging.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: ergonomics 4 points, movement and access 7 points; fixtures and fittings 10 points; lighting and ventilation 4 points; design, innovation and flair 50 points; presentation drawings and specification 20 points, specification 5 points. 

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Bathroom in a Display Home

This award recognises excellence in the design, manufacture, installation and project coordination of a bathroom in a completed residential display home open to the public.

WA only - To determine the correct price category to enter your project into, you must include the entire cost of the display home. Please include all items that are outlined in the project price section of the Display Homes definition. 

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, movement and access 6 points, lighting and ventilation 4 points, ergonomics 5 points, fixtures and fittings 5 points, design appearance and innovation 20 points, presentation drawings and specifications. 

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Hunter •  New South Wales • Victoria • Western Australia 

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Bathroom of the Year

This award acknowledges quality of workmanship in the manufacture and installation of a complete single residential bathroom.

New Bathroom - A bathroom in a new extension or home shall be entered in the ‘new’ category.
Renovated Bathroom - A renovated bathroom is a new bathroom within an existing space.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, ergonomics 5 points, movement and access 6 points; fixtures and fittings 5 points; lighting and ventilation 4 points; design appearance and innovation 20 points; presentation drawings and specification 10 points.

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Best Speciality Area

This award recognises the most innovative and creative speciality area which includes, but is not limited to laundry, bar area, home office, study, nursery, entertainment area, outdoor kitchen, stairway and granny flats.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: design efficiency 30 points, innovation and flair 30 points, quality of workmanship 30 points, presentation drawings and specification 10 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Northern Territory • South Australia 

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Best Use of Face Brick

This award recognises residential dwellings that include a substantial quantity of face brick in the overall construction, demonstrate superior design and workmanship.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 30 points, design effectiveness 15 points, visual appeal 20 points, innovation 15 points, environmental sustainability 15 points and market relevance 5 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Gold Coast/Northern Rivers • Queensland • Sunshine Coast 

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Business Partner

The Business Partner award recognises the vital work done by business partners in small to medium sized businesses in the housing industry. The award is open to both employees and family members, whose role may range from helping part-time with bookkeeping and accounting, innovation and change through to overseeing client liaison.

Judging criteria

Entrants will be judged according to: business systems 10 points, strategy and development 10 points; operations 50 points, sales and marketing 10 points; finance 10 points, upskilling/CPD 10 points.

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Cabinetmaker/Kitchen Manufacturer

This award recognises the workmanship of cabinetmakers and kitchen manufacturers. Entrants can be nominated by themselves or by a HIA builder. Entrants must submit details on one project, including their client’s requirements and how these were achieved.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: degree of difficulty 20 points, quality of workmanship 20 points, harmony with existing construction 10 points, effective use of site 10 points, alignment 10 points, tidiness 10 points, overall appearance/finish 10 points, customisation 10 points. 

The following location can enter this award category:

• New South Wales • Coffs Harbour • South Australia 

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Coastal Home

This award recognises the diversity of building conditions in coastal regions. In particular, the variances in design requirements and building materials that can be used in coastal regions to address environmental impacts.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 25 points, visual appeal 10 points, coastal design attributes 12 points, innovation 10 points and environmental sustainability 8 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Coffs Harbour 

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Commercial Interior Design/Decorate Projects

Commercial projects but not limited to retail, hospitality and workplace interior design.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of project 10 points, client brief 15 points, budget 4 points, size of project 4 points, rationale for material/product choices 20 points, specific challenges/limitations 25 points, innovation, liveability and/or adaptability of space 15 points; layout 7 points. 

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Country Builder

Best new home built by a country builder whose head office is outside the Adelaide metropolitan area (where the postcode is 5200 or greater). Open to all country builders with no limitation on value.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 14 points and market relevance 6 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• South Australia 

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Country Home

This award recognises the diversity of building projects in the region. In particular, the country home award acknowledges the variances in design requirements and building materials used in inland areas.

Houses must be built on a land size of at least 2000sqm.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 36 points, degree of difficulty 12 points, design effectiveness 18 points, design appearance and originality 15 points, new technology and innovation 6 points, environmental sustainability 6 points and value for money 7 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• ACT/Southern NSW • Coffs Harbour 

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Custom Built Home *

An individual house, which has been uniquely designed and built on contract specifically for the site and according to the requirements and brief of a client. Where the home is built for staff, friends, a family member or is the builder’s own home, the contract price must represent the complete cost to build an identical home (including builders margins), which is the price offered to the home buying public.

* Note: A project cannot be entered into more than one category of either Display Home, Custom Built Home, Project Home or Spec Home. Please select the category that best suits the project.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Customer Service Award - Manufacturers, Suppliers and Service Providers

Builder members are not eligible to enter this award. Customer Service is presented only at the WA Housing Awards luncheon.

The Customer Service Award acknowledges the contribution of financial institution, manufacturer, supplier, Government department (including local authorities) and professional service members. Nomination is open to any financial HIA member who supplies building companies directly or indirectly.

Professional service members include surveyors, building designers and architects, engineers, building inspectors, land developers, accountants and financial advisers, legal firms, advertising agencies, interior designers, estimators, computer specialists and other housing industry service providers. Applicants for this award need to be able to demonstrate application of fair-trading principles and a commitment focus within their organisation.

“Customer Service” refers to the level of service that a business provides to its customers, before, during and after their purchase and is aimed at enhancing the customer’s level of satisfaction. It includes aspects such as complaint handling, excellent communication and respect. In short, it means going that “extra mile” for your customers and surpassing your competition.

Why enter?

  • To facilitate a continuous business improvement culture throughout your organisation
  • To gain recognition for your organisation’s achievements and provide an opportunity for your people to be involved in showcasing your organisation’s excellent practices
  • To celebrate your organisation’s success, and
  • To differentiate your organisation and provide a competitive edge.

Judging criteria

1.0 Your Customer Service Policy - 20 points

  • What is your customer service policy and how does it relate back to your mission statement?
  • How do you communicate it to others? (“Others” includes actual & potential clients, staff and other stakeholders – e.g. suppliers)
  • What procedures do you have in place to review your customer service policy?

2.0 Communication - 20 points

  • What steps have you taken to improve communications within your business (please include the reasons why you made those improvements)?
  • What steps have you taken to improve communications between your business and its customers (please include the reasons why you made those improvements)?
  • What steps have you taken to improve communications between your business and its suppliers/trades (please include the reasons why you made those improvements)?

3.0 Research & Development - 20 points

  • How do you identify your customers’ current & future needs?
  • How do you measure whether your customers’ current needs have been met?
  • What remedial action do you take if your customers’ current needs have not been met?
  • What processes have you put in place to improve customer service (in relation to both the delivery of service and the level of satisfaction)?
  • Are your staff involved in this process?

4.0 Customer Service Levels (provided by your business) - 20 points

  • How do you measure and monitor your customer service levels?
  • What training programs do you have in place for staff?
  • How do you encourage staff to adopt, promote and develop your customer service policy?

5.0 Customer Satisfaction - 20 points

  • How do you measure & monitor customer satisfaction?
  • Describe how your business “goes the extra mile” for its customers?
  • How much of your business comes from referrals by satisfied customers?

* When addressing each of the above criteria, please provide detailed examples, including evidence of “before” & “after” and when each of these examples occurred. Please note if a certain criteria does not apply, please explain why.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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Design Professional of the Year

This award acknowledges the person/company responsible for a project/s that best demonstrates interior design excellence.

Judging criteria

Please provide a portfolio of information for one but no more than four projects completed within the 24-months prior to Awards entry closing date (previous award winning projects are not excluded).

Include details on the design and/or decorate brief and costing, how the design brief was achieved, level of client satisfaction with the overall project (eg testimonials or references), plans and photographs. Consideration is also given to the innovative and creative building interiors, space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation; and modification of the interior structure of the building, often working with other building or business professionals and with clients.

  • Clear and concise explanation of client brief - 10 points
  • Explanation of design concept - 10 points
  • Budget limitations and how they were achieved - 10 points
  • Demonstrates design innovation/adaption/diversity - 10 points
  • Rationale for choice of colour, product/material choices - 10 points
  • Achieving project/design challenges - 10 points
  • Presentation and content of portfolio - 10points
  • Does the entrant demonstrate design professionalism/excellence - 30 points

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Display Home Interior Design/Decorate

To interior decorate/style a display home with the purpose of creating a powerful visual appeal to inspire potential customers, entice display home sales and reinforce builder/display home brand image. Please provide a brief description of project outlining scope of work and target client demographics, with photos of completed work.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of the project 5 points, client brief 10 points, budget 4 points, size of project 2 points, rationale for material/product choices 30 points, specific challenges/limitations 20 points, innovation, liveability and/or adaptability of space 25 points; layout 4 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Excellence in Service Award

This award is only open to builder members. The Excellence in Service Award measures all areas of customer satisfaction, providing winners with a great opportunity to showcase customer service.

Awards will be presented to:

  • Small volume builders – less than 10 completions per annum
  • Medium volume builders – 11 to 150 completions per annum
  • Large volume builders – in excess of 150 completions per annum.

Judging criteria

This award will be judged according to: the response of an independent survey of the builder’s clients.

Builder’s clients will be asked to judge the following:

  • Builders participation in the design process
  • Ease of communication and service prior to commencement of construction
  • Professionalism of supervision
  • Communication through construction
  • Quality of workmanship throughout the finished product
  • How responsive was the builder to requests and changes during the construction?
  • Did construction time meet with your expectations?
  • Quality of service after hand over
  • Did the finished home represent value for money?
  • Did the final project result meet your expectations?

A minimum of 25 per cent of the distributed surveys must be returned for small and medium builders, 20 per cent for large builders. HIA encourage builder entrants to make direct contact with their clients to encourage the return of client surveys.

HIA will advise builder entrants of:

  • The date of their survey distribution
  • The percentage return rate of client surveys two weeks prior to surveys being due back to HIA.

Feedback can be requested by the builder. HIA will provide the entrant with their total average score after the announcement of the awards only if requested in writing.

HIA will only resend electronic surveys to the contact details provided in the spreadsheet in the form of a reminder email once. Hard copy surveys will not be resent.

HIA cannot advise entrants of their percentage return rate after their initial two week notification. No further correspondence will be entered into.

HIA cannot advise which clients have and have not responded. If the client does not have an email address please provide a postal address (NO lot numbers).

HIA cannot alter any lists once the survey process has commenced. Any requested changes prior to the commencement of the survey process must be made in writing to HIA Events and are subject to approval.

Completion dates

Any completions that have been built for the company, employees of the company, contractors or family members should be highlighted clearly, to ensure surveys are not sent and recorded. These completions need to be included in the number of completions per annum, which determines the category entered.

Completion dates are as follows: 

  • Regional Western Australia must be between Friday 12 April 2019 and Friday 17 April 2020
  • South West must be between Friday 3 May 2019 to Friday 1 May 2020
  • Perth must be between Friday 3 May 2019 to Friday 1 May 2020.

To ensure the builder and HIA do not breach the Privacy Act, builders must provide HIA with full client details. HIA will email or mail all clients a copy of the survey form for completion and return to HIA. The builder warrants they are authorised to disclose their client’s details to HIA for the purpose of carrying out this survey.

 

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Excellence in Showroom Display

This award recognises outstanding achievement in the presentation of products to the home-buying public. Showrooms should showcase a comprehensive range of building products.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: showroom layout 32 points, overall display layout 30 points, customer service 15 points, innovation/originality 14 points, availability of resource materials 9 points. 

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia • South Australia 

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Framed Housing

This award recognises an individual dwelling where the walls must be predominantly timber and/or steel frame with sheet, plank or tile claddings and linings. Traditional brick veneer construction is not eligible for this category. A renovation project cannot be entered into this category.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 25 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 20 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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GreenSmart Sustainable Home

This award is presented to the housing project (single or multi dwelling) that best incorporates cost-effective environmental performance and operational principles to its design and construction. The HIA GreenSmart Sustainable Home winner will progress as a finalist to the following year's Australian GreenSmart Awards.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 25 points, energy efficiency and energy management 20 points, water efficiency and water management 20 points, resource efficiency 5 points, protection of indoor air quality 5 points, innovation 14 points, visual appeal 6 points, cost effectiveness 5 points.

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Heritage Renovation

This award recognises an existing building that has been sympathetically renovated or extended to maintain or create a dwelling. The modifications must be in keeping with the heritage of the property and streetscape.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 25 points, design efficiency 20 points, renovation 25 points, visual appeal 12 points, innovation 8 points, energy efficiency 5 points, market relevance 5 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Coffs Harbour • South Australia • Tasmania 

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Housing Supplier of the Year

This award recognises the suppliers and manufacturers to the residential building industry as nominated by award entrants.

The following location can enter this award category:

• South Australia 

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Industry and Product Innovation

This award stimulates a culture of continuous improvement in the housing industry by encouraging practitioners to embrace new technologies and products. It recognises an industry leader in the design and manufacture of products and other projects for the housing industry. The product must be placed on the market within the 24 months prior to the closing date of entries.

Submissions will be asked to provide details on the level of Australian content in their product.

Your submission must address the following points fully with examples. There is no word limit.

Design features - utility and appropriateness of the design; the degree to which it meets its intended use; environmental impact.

Benefits and application to the home building industry - the degree to which it overcomes a significant functional problem; ease of installation/use; applicability of the product/project to the building industry

Degree of originality - the extent to which the product/project embodies an innovative idea or approach

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged according to: design features 30 points, benefit/s and application to the home building industry 30 points; degree of originality 40 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Hunter • Western Australia 

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Innovation in Housing

This award encourages and recognises builders who demonstrate an innovative approach to housing design and construction and are particularly ‘brave’ in pushing the boundaries and exploring new approaches. The home should demonstrate innovation in design through its creativity and originality including the use of unusual materials or the use of materials in an unusual way and construction techniques.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 30 points, technology and innovation 30 points, design effectiveness 20 points and visual appeal 20 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Gold Coast/Northern Rivers • Queensland • Western Australia 

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Interior Cabinetry

This award recognises interior cabinetry designed and installed in a residential dwelling including walk-in robes, bars, storage, bespoke furniture or any other creative cabinetry. Excluded from this category is cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries as this is to be judged under those individual categories.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, presentation drawings and specification 10 points, design appearance and innovation 40 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• North Queensland •  Western Australia 

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Interior Design Professional

This award acknowledges the person/company responsible for a project/s that best demonstrates interior design excellence.

Judging criteria

Please provide a portfolio of information for one but no more than four projects completed within the 24-months prior to Awards entry closing date (previous award winning projects are not excluded). Include details on the design and/or decorate brief and costing, how the design brief was achieved, level of client satisfaction with the overall project (eg. testimonials or references), plans and photographs.

Consideration is also given to the innovative and creative building interiors, space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation; and modification of the interior structure of the building, often working with other building or business professionals and with clients.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• South Australia 

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International Design by a Queensland Designer - Residential or Commercial

Interior design and/or decorate of private residence and/or commercial project - that may include work on a project from the initial planning stage or may include work on the remodeling of an existing structure to create space/s to meet client’s vision/brief.

Please provide a brief description of project outlining scope of work, supported with plans, perspectives, client brief with before photos if available and photos of completed work. Interior Designer to advise what work, if any, was contracted by other contractor/builder. 

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of the project 10 points; client brief 15 points; budget 4 points; size of project 4 points; rationale for material/product choices 20 points; specific challenges/limitations 25 points; innovation, liveability and/or adaptability of space 15 points; layout 7 points. 

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Kitchen and Bathroom Excellence in Service

This award acknowledges excellence in service provided to clients in all areas of customer satisfaction, providing winners with a great opportunity to showcase customer service.

An employee of a kitchen and bathroom installer or manufacturer/ installer in a design department must be entered in conjunction with their employer under the financial HIA membership. For designers the entrant must be a financial member of HIA under their name/company with the registered ABN matching. Design teams within larger organisations cannot enter this award independently of their organisation.

This award recognises and acknowledges designers, cabinet makers, Kitchen and Bathroom Manufacturers and their design team for their consistent excellence in service given to clients. For eligibility in this category you must exclusively install kitchens and/or bathrooms. Builders can enter the “excellence in service” category in the Housing Awards for their region.

Judging criteria

This award will be judged on: the response of an independent survey administered by HIA.

Entrant clients will be asked to judge the following:

  • Company participation in design process
  • Ease of communication and service, prior to commencement of project
  • Professionalism of supervision from project installation to completion
  • Communication throughout project
  • Quality of workmanship throughout finished product
  • Responsiveness to changes throughout project
  • Did project completion time meet with your expectations?
  • Quality of service after project completion
  • Value of money for project installed
  • Did the final product installed meet expectations?

A minimum of 25 per cent of the distributed surveys must be returned.

HIA urge entrants to make direct contact with their clients to encourage the return of client surveys.

HIA will advise entrants of:

  • The date of their survey distribution
  • The percentage return rate of client surveys two weeks prior to surveys being due back to HIA.

Feedback can be requested by the entrant. HIA will provide the entrant with their total average score after the announcement of the awards. Only if requested in writing.

HIA will only resend electronic surveys to the contact details provided in the spreadsheet in the form of a reminder email once. Hard copy surveys will not be resent.

HIA cannot advise entrants of their percentage return rate after their initial two week notification. No further correspondence will be entered into.

HIA cannot advise which clients have and have not responded.

If the client does not have an email address please provide a postal address (NO lot numbers).

HIA cannot alter any lists once the survey process has commenced. Any requested changes prior to the commencement of the survey process must be made in writing to HIA Events and are subject to approval.

Completion dates

Any completions that have been completed/installed for the company, employees of the company, contractors or family members should be highlighted clearly, to ensure surveys are not sent and recorded. These completions need to be included in the number of completions per annum.

To ensure the entrant and HIA do not breach the Privacy Act, the entrant must provide HIA with full client details. HIA will email or mail all clients a copy of the survey form for completion and return to HIA. The entrant warrants they are authorised to disclose their client’s details to HIA for the purpose of carrying out this survey.

All of the above information, staff/team photo and electronic copy of company logo is to be sent to HIA by the close of entry dates. The Kitchen & Bathroom completion dates are from Friday 29 March 2019 to Friday 3 April 2020.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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Kitchen and Bathroom Supplier of the Year

This award recognises the suppliers and manufacturers to the residential building industry as nominated by award entrants.

The following location can enter this award category:

• South Australia 

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Kitchen Design

The Kitchen Design category recognises excellence in design of a renovated or new residential project. Kitchen Design entries are judged on the design, innovation and flair demonstrated by the designer. The entry must recognise the principle designer of the project.

Kitchen Design entries must have been installed and completed prior to close of entries.

Site inspections of Kitchen Design entries will not be undertaken, therefore it is important that professional, high resolution images are supplied for judging.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: work zone 7 points, ergonomics 5 points, features 5 points, movement 5 points, lighting 3 points, design innovation and flair 50 points; presentation drawings and specification 20 points; specification 5 points.

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Kitchen in a Display Home

This award recognises excellence in the design, manufacture, installation and project coordination of a kitchen in a completed residential display home open to the public.

WA only - To determine the correct price category to enter your project into, you must include the entire cost of the display home. Please include all items that are outlined in the project price section of the Display Homes definition. 

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, work zone 6 points, ergonomics 5 points, features 5 points, movement 5 points, lighting 4 points, design appearance and innovation 15 points, presentation drawings and specifications 10 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Hunter •  New South Wales • Victoria • Western Australia 

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Kitchen of the Year

This award acknowledges quality of workmanship in the manufacture and installation of a complete single residential kitchen. It is recommended those involved in cabinetry for the project be acknowledged on the entry e.g. cabinetmaker.

New Kitchen - A kitchen in a new extension or home shall be entered in the 'new' category.
Renovated Kitchen - A renovated kitchen is a new kitchen within an existing space.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, work zone 6 points, ergonomics 5 points, features 5 points, movement 5 points, lighting 4 points, design appearance and innovation 15 points; presentation drawings and specification 10 points; 

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Laundry

This award recognises excellence in the design, manufacture, installation and project coordination of a new or renovated laundry in a single dwelling.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 45 points, ergonomics and function 30 points, design appearance and innovation 20 points, presentation drawings and specification 5 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Queensland • Victoria • Western Australia 

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Lightweight Construction

  1. Transportable
  2. Housing Using Sheet or Board Materials

a) sheet or board material, plaster, render, sprayed application or other material similarly susceptible to damage by impact, pressure or abrasion or

b) concrete and concrete products containing pumice, perlite, vermiculite, or other soft material similarly susceptible to damage by impact, pressure or abrasion or

c) masonry having a thickness less than 70mm.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 13 points; market relevance 7 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• South Australia 

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Liveable Bathroom

This award acknowledges excellence in universal design, manufacture, installation and project co-ordination of a complete bathroom that is designed for people of all ages and abilities and highly adaptable for ageing in place or people with disability.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: overall success of design 24 points, planning and placement of fixtures and fittings 48 points; construction quality 16 points, innovation and originality 12 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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Liveable Home

This award acknowledges the Liveable Homes initiative which has been developed to increase and promote homes that are built with universal access, which ensures people of all ages and abilities can live in or visit the home.

Judging criteria

This award will be judged on: quality of workmanship 18 points, environmental sustainability 10 points, design and visual appeal 10 points, Liveable Homes essential design and desirable design criteria 62 points - www.liveablehomes.net.au

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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Liveable Kitchen

This award acknowledges excellence in universal design, manufacture, installation and project co-ordination of a complete kitchen that is designed for people of all ages and abilities and highly adaptable for ageing in place or people with disability.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: overall success of design 28 points, placement of fixtures and fittings 16 points, planning 28 points, construction quality 16 points, innovation and originality 12 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Western Australia 

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New Bathroom

A bathroom in a new extension or home shall be entered in the 'new' category.

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New Kitchen

A kitchen in a new extension or home shall be entered in the 'new' category.

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Outdoor Kitchen

This award recognises the popularity of outdoor living spaces which incorporate outdoor cooking facilities. It can range from a BBQ in an outdoor area to a fully operative built-in outdoor kitchen which functions for the most part exactly as an indoor kitchen would. An outdoor kitchen area can be under the same roofline as the interior of the home but would not be permanently fully enclosed.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, work zone and movement 10 points, ergonomics 10 points, features 10 points, presentation drawings and specifications 15 points, design appearance and innovation 15 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Gold Coast/Northern Rivers •  North Queensland • Victoria •  Western Australia 

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Outdoor Project

This award recognises the design, installation and project coordination of an outdoor building or structure that has been built in association with a residential building. The project may be built with the associated residential building(s) or may be constructed separately. The project may be attached or detached from the associated residential building and be located on either an individual home lot or within a multi-dwelling development.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to swimming pools, spas, and outdoor living areas, landscaping structures or project, recreational/sporting facilities, buildings for special interest activities or a retreat.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 25 points, innovation 20 points.

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Professional Builder/Renovator

The Professional Builder and Renovator Awards acknowledge outstanding business achievement among Australia’s home builders. Recognising quality and professionalism, the Professional Builder Awards present opportunity for home builders to demonstrate their commitment to customer service, business management and leadership. Builders of any size are capable of running a consumer focussed, quality-driven business.

Professional Builder and Renovator Awards categories include:

  • HIA Professional Small Builder/Renovator - builders with an annual turnover of less than $10 million
  • HIA Professional Medium Builder/Renovator - builders with an annual turnover of between $10 million and $50 million
  • HIA Professional Major Builder - builders with an annual turnover of $50 million or more

Judging criteria

Entrants will be judged on: customer service and satisfaction 25 points; business philosophy, principles and leadership 15 points; managing the business 30 points, business planning, marketing and growth 25 points.

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Project Home *

A project home is an individual house based on a display home, sales brochure or the like (e.g. websites, digital marketing) for a repeatable design, which has been tailored to suit the needs of the client and the site. This includes manufactured homes formed of pre-built major elements and then assembled on site.

* Note: A project cannot be entered into more than one category of either Display Home, Custom Built Home, Project Home or Spec Home. Please select the category that best suits the project.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Property Styling

Property styling for the purposes of selling a project to a target buyer within a designated time frame with the aim to achieve the best possible price outcome for the property owner. Stylists may work directly with property owner, real estate agents and property developers. Please provide a brief description of project outlining scope of work, before photos if available and photos of completed work.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of project 5 points, client brief 10 points, budget 4 points, size of project 2 points, rationale for material/product choices 30 points, specific challenges/limitations 20 points, innovation, liveability and /or adaption of space 25 points; layout 4 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Renovated Kitchen

A renovated kitchen is a new kitchen within an existing space.

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Renovation/Addition Project

An extension or renovation involving structural building work to an existing individual house or other residential building. To renovate and upgrade a group of apartments, villas, townhouses, etc or to convert a non-residential building into a residential building. Builders entering this category must be responsible for the total renovation.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Residential Building Designer

This award acknowledges the designer/person/company responsible for the preparation of plans for a residential building that best demonstrates design excellence. Builders who enter this award must be responsible for the preparation of plans.

Please provide a portfolio of information on one design, including:

  • details on the design brief and costing
  • how the design brief was achieved
  • the level of client satisfaction with the overall project (eg. testimonials or references)
  • plans and photographs.

Site inspections of Residential Building Designer entries will not be undertaken, therefore it is important that professional high resolution images are supplied for judging at the time of entry.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: design, innovation and flair 50 points; visual appeal 15 points, innovation 15 points, information and project documentation 20 points.

All regions are eligible to enter this award category.

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Residential Interior Decorate

To decorate a residential interior space/s that may include all aspects of lighting, colour, texture, finishes, furnishings, flooring, window treatments and accessories to meet a client’s brief. Please provide a brief description of project outlining scope of work, rationale and list of product choices, before photos if available and photos of completed work.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of project 5 points, client brief 10 points, budget 4 points, size of project 2 points, rationale for material/product choices 30 points, specific challenges/limitations 20 points, innovation, liveability and /or adaption of space 25 points; layout 4 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Queensland 

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Residential Interior Design

This award recognises interior design projects that create functional space/s within a residential home. Projects can include new spaces from the initial planning stage or remodelling of an existing structure to meet the client’s brief.

Please provide a brief description of the project outlining the scope of work supported with plans, perspectives and client brief with before photos if available. Your submission must advise what work, if any, was contracted by other contractor/builder.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: description of the project 10 points, client brief 15 points, budget 4 points, size of project 4 points, rationale for material/product choices 20 points, specific challenges/limitations 25 points, innovation, liveability and/or adaptability of space 15 points, layout 7 points.

All regions are eligible to enter this award category.

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Small Commercial Project

This award recognises members that work on non-housing projects such as shops, schools, factories, hotel renovations, warehouses, municipal facilities, offices.
A Small Commercial Project is defined as any non-housing project from which an income is generated, and should have a project price of less than $4million.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 15 points, visual appeal 12 points, innovation 12 points, environmental sustainability 11 points, site 15 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• South Australia • Tasmania • Victoria • Western Australia 

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Small Lot Housing

This award recognises excellence in design for a single detached dwelling built on an area of land less than:

  • 300sqm in Western Australia
  • 350sqm in Queensland
  • 300sqm in ACT&SNSW
  • 300sqm in SA.

The dwelling cannot be part of a larger residential development i.e. townhouse/villa development, multi-unit development, apartments. 

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 20 points, market relevance 5 points. 

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Gold Coast/Northern Rivers • Queensland • Cairns • South Australia • Western Australia 

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Spec Home *

An individual house, which is not built to a client’s brief, nor is it on display to the public. It is either sold off plan or built for sale on completion or during construction.

For example:

  1. A project where the builder has purchased a block and built a house to sell. Houses may be occupied at time of judging
  2. House and land packages from a project plan (does not include land price).

* Note: A project cannot be entered into more than one category of either Display Home, Custom Built Home, Project Home or Spec Home. Please select the category that best suits the project.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Specialised Housing

Housing or accommodation designed and built to meet the specific needs of individuals, such as aged persons dwellings, retirement villages, accommodation for people with disabilities, student accommodation, or the like. Projects should demonstrate considerations in construction and/or fit out to meet the specialised need of future occupants.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 45 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 8 points, environmental sustainability 7 points, market relevance 5 points, specialised design features and innovation 15 points.

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Steel Frame Project

This award recognises a residential project that incorporates a steel frame construction, and has been designed and built on contract specifically for the site and client’s brief.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 50 points, design effectiveness 25 points, visual appeal of project 13 points, innovation 7 points, environmental sustainability 5 points.

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Queensland • Townsville • South Australia 

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Townhouse/Villa Development

This award recognises multiple dwelling residential projects. These projects typically include developments known as dual occupancy (two dwellings on a single allotment), villas (one storey), townhouses (2-3 storey) and terrace housing, whether attached or detached.

These projects must be classified as Class 1a buildings under the Building Code of Australia. In addition to the design features, the judges will assess the external construction and site conditions.

Entrants in this category should also enter an individual townhouse in the Townhouse/Villa of the Year category.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Townhouse/Villa of the Year

This is awarded to an individual residential dwelling within a Townhouse/Villa development. Projects are assessed on quality of
workmanship and design innovation within the individual townhouse/villa. These projects must be classified as Class 1a buildings under the Building Code of Australia.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 40 points, design effectiveness 30 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 10 points.

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Trade Workmanship

This award recognises excellence in workmanship for individual trades, within projects entered into the HIA Housing Awards. Trades include carpentry, bricklaying, tiling, painting, plastering, hard landscaping and soft landscaping.

Workmanship will be judged at the time of the housing awards judging. The QBCC contractor responsible for the individual trade work must be recognised, and it can be a joint entry with the builder.

Judging criteria

This award will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 30 points, degree of difficulty 25 points, visual appeal 25 points, innovation and flair 10 points, design appearance and originality 10 points. 

The following locations can enter this award category:

• Coffs Harbour • Gold Coast/Northern Rivers • Queensland • Tasmania 

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Transportable/Kit Home

This award recognises a dwelling which is prefabricated by the builder in an off-site location (such as a factory environment) and is subsequently transported to an on-site location and placed or erected on the site with all service connections being completed by the builder.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, design effectiveness 20 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 10 points, environmental sustainability 20 point, market relevance 5 points. 

The following location can enter this award category:

• Tasmania • Western Australia 

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Tropical Home

This award recognises a uniquely tropical house that demonstrates energy efficient design principles and products.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 25 points, ventilation 25 points, solar orientation 20 points, value for money 15 points, new technology/innovation 5 points and use of landscaping 10 points.

The dwelling should demonstrate a high level of year-round climate comfort with minimal use of artificial heating and cooling fuels such as gas and electricity. Information on the cost of energy efficient features and inclusions should be included where possible.

The following location can enter this award category:

• Northern Territory 

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Use of Sloping Building Site

This award recognises dwellings built on a minimum gradient of 1 in 6.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: quality of workmanship 35 points, degree of difficulty 24 points, design effectiveness 14 points, visual appeal 10 points, innovation 4 points, environmental sustainability 8 points, market relevance 5 points. 

The following locations can enter this award category:

• South Australia • North Queensland 

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Work Health & Safety

The Work Health & Safety Award recognises a residential building or development company that has incorporated leading practices in the management of workplace health and safety in a practical, systematic and achievable way.

Your entry submission must address all criteria:

  • Outline the work health & safety management plan for your business.
  • Explain your procedures for monitoring and reviewing your work health and safety performance.
  • Describe how your overall safety procedures are followed on site including site specific hazard assessments, use of signage and procedures.
  • Describe how initial work site assessments are carried out to identify hazards that may affect the building process and explain how new hazards or risks are dealt with and communicated to workers and contractors. Provide examples.
  • Describe how you ensure sub-contractors will work safely on your jobs. Please provide examples.
  • Describe how your business keeps employees and subcontractors up to date with new work health & safety information, procedures and safety solutions or situations where you perform work in other jurisdictions where different laws may apply.
  • Reflecting on your previous 12 months of safety performance, identify how you have managed changes in safety performance and new hazards or risks. Provide examples which highlight your achievements. Examples may include injury or incident data, case studies, descriptions of a new system(s) implemented and/or descriptions/profiles of a new product being used.
  • Describe any industry contributions your business has made in relation to work health and safety. Provide an outline of your contributions (forums, committees, working groups, industry projects, safety innovations).
  • Describe the steps, if any, you will be taking in the future to further enhance or improve your safety culture.

Judging criteria

Projects will be judged according to: organisational WH&S management 30 points, training and information 20 points, on-site WHS management 30 points, sub-contractor management 20 points.

The following location can enter this award category:

• ACT/Southern NSW  • Coffs Harbour  Hunter • New South Wales 

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Work Health & Safety - Small Business

The HIA Work Health & Safety - Small Business award recognises a small business that has improved work health and safety/return to work in your workplace with a great idea or new approach. The award recognises high standards of workplace health and safety/return to work practices in a small business.

Entry submission

Your entry submission must address all of the judging criteria below, along with supporting documentation where applicable:

  • What was the health and safety issue? 10 points
  • How was the issue addressed? 20 points
  • What control measures were put in place? 20 points
  • How was the issue resolved? 20 points
  • Who was involved in resolving the issue? 10 points
  • What was the outcome? 10 points
  • In what way is your workplace now safer? 10 points

Please limit responses to each criterion to a maximum 100 words.

If your entry progresses to a site visit, the visiting inspector may request to see:

  • Evidence of WHS/RTW reporting and consultation (minutes of meetings where WHS was discussed)
  • Hazard identification and reports
  • Testimonials and/or acknowledgements from clients, contractors, rehabilitation providers etc.
  • Any WHS/RTW performance data that indicates a reduction in claims of injuries since the WHS/RTW solution was implemented
  • Any other evidence to support your entry.

The following location can enter this award category:

• ACT/Southern NSW • Hunter 

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