Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the benefits of entering and winning the NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards competition?
  2. What are the deadlines for the 2017 program?
  3. How much does it cost to apply?
  4. Are entry fees refundable?
  5. May I enter a project that is still under construction?
  6. Are there any restrictions on eligibility?
  7. Can a project be nominated in more than one category?
  8. Will my submission packet or materials be returned?
  9. In the NAHB application, information about costs and budgets are requested. If I do not know this information or the project’s owner does not want to disclose it, should I leave those questions blank?
  10. Will you accept entry materials past the deadline?
  11. Is there a fee to attend the Awards Ceremony?
  12. Does NAHB publicize the finalists and winners of the Pillars of the Industry Awards?
  13. If I need help understanding category criteria or submission requirements, whom should I contact?

1. NAHB is eager to recognize and reward excellence in multifamily housing and to promote the benefits of apartment and condo living. NAHB's Multifamily Council has been recognizing significant achievements in the design, development, marketing and management of multifamily housing for over two decades. The Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards give NAHB a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues and to recognize those pioneers who have advanced the multifamily industry through their commitment to quality, creativity and innovation.

Receiving a Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award also offers prestige to your organization — and to the people who have worked so hard to bring success to your organization’s development projects or marketing and management efforts. A Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award can add to your company’s successful reputation by creating the perfect opportunity to tell the media and the industry that your work has been heralded among the best of the best.


2. Registration deadlines:

Early Bird Registration opens: April 17, 2017
Registration opens: May 1, 2017
Submission deadline: Aug. 4, 2017
Finalists Announced: Oct. 13, 2017
Awards Ceremony: Jan. 9, 2018 at the International Builders' Show


3. Costs:

Multifamily Council members: $325 per entry
NAHB members: $350 per entry
Non members: $400 per entry
$25 discount for each additional entry. Does not include credits from previous year program.

Please note that you will have to login to NAHB.org to complete your application(s).  This is in order to ensure Multifamily Council and NAHB members receive discounted submission.  If you are not a member you will need to create a login.


4. No. Entry fees must be paid online at the time of application and they are non-refundable.


5. To be eligible in the Developer, Affordable or Marketing category, the application must pertain to a project that first became available for sale or for rent after Jan. 1, 2014. Projects still under construction may be entered in some categories — primarily Marketing categories — but pre-leasing must have begun. Websites must be live by July 1, 2017.


6. Yes. Past years’ winners are not eligible for an award in the same category previously won, but may enter other categories. However, finalists and non-finalists from previous years are eligible in any category.


7. Yes. The same project may be entered in multiple categories, but separate applications and fees must be submitted, and separate entry materials must be compiled for each category. Discounts are available if multiple applications are completed.


8. No.


9. No. Do your best to reassure the project’s owner that the financial information will not be disclosed to anyone other than the judging panel for purposes of comparing similar projects to similar projects. Financial information will not be shared or included in any presentation or media product.


10. No. The submission deadline is Aug. 4, 2017. To ensure timely submission, please submit your entry before 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 3, 2017. If a deadline extension is announced, all applicants will be notified and you will have until that date to submit your entry. 


11. Yes. There is a separate registration fee to attend the Pillars Awards Luncheon on Jan. 9, 2018 at the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. Tickets can be purchased through the International Builders' Show website.


12. Yes. NAHB will issue news releases about the finalists and winners, showcase selected winners at industry events and conferences throughout the year, and publish news articles about the recipients online and in association newsletters. In addition, NAHB's along with our media partner, Multihousing Pro, will profile many of the winners of this year's competition. And NAHB will also showcase finalists and winners for each category on the NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry website for one year. NAHB Multifamily can help you craft press releases and stories to use in your local media markets as well.


13. Email cjackson@nahb.org or contact Crystal Jackson at 800-368-5242 x8207.