55+ On the Boards Awards

The On the Boards category is reserved for age-designed or age-qualified communities and projects catering to the 55+ lifestyle, designed after Jan. 1, 2013.

2017 On the Boards Categories:

  • Category 24 — Best 55+ Independent Living Community On the Boards
  • Category 25 — Best 55+ CCRC Community On the Boards
  • Category 26 — Best 55+ Assisted Living or Special Needs Community On the Boards
  • Category 27 — Best 55+ Market Rate Rental Community On the Boards
  • Category 28 — Best 55+ Affordable Rental Community On the Boards
  • Category 29 — Best 55+ For-Sale Community On the Boards
  • Category 30 — Best 55+ Clubhouse On the Boards
  • Category 31 — Best 55+ Detached Home On the Boards
  • Category 32 — Best 55+ Attached Home On the Boards

Entries for 55+ Project Awards (Built) and (On the Boards) were evaluated for creativity, execution and outcome based on the following criteria (as applicable to individual categories):

  • Design/Appeal: Quality of design and functionality, including aesthetics, proportion, spatial relationships, balance, colors, textures and lighting
  • Creativity: Design innovation and fresh perspective on 55+ market preferences and needs; creative approach to design constraints and challenges, using new ideas and approaches
  • Value (Quality & Price): The balance between the financial impact to the resident(s) and construction costs and the execution of the design; the ability to deliver the best design possible given the budget, constraints and challenges
  • Successful Implementation & Overall Execution: Ability to achieve the community or project goals working within the budget, constraints and challenges, meeting the expectations and needs of the resident(s) and targeted market in the development and execution of the design and concepts
  • Aging in Place: Implementing designs that address 55+ market preferences, facilitate an active and healthier lifestyle and promote independence while aging (either within the community/project or in the surrounding area); the incorporation of universal design (as applicable) will be evaluated favorably
  • Amenities and Services (as applicable): Providing amenities and/or services that facilitate an active and healthier lifestyle and promote the aspects of that lifestyle, including: social, entertainment, spiritual, physical, occupational, cultural, educational, intellectual and/or environmental

Gold and Innovation Awards were announced during the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show in Orlando. Additional information about the Best of 55+ Housing Awards can be found at nahb.org/55plusawards.