How to Enter

All applications are completed and submitted through the online system. Except for specific categories, hard copies are not accepted. Please review the criteria for individual category requirements. 

The NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards have five primary groups: Developer, Affordable, Firm, Individual and Marketing. Applicants can apply for any category for which they meet the criteria. Applicants should review the eligibility and general entry requirements before applying.

2018 Eligibility

To be eligible in the Developer, Affordable or Marketing category, the nomination must pertain to a project that first became available for sale or for rent after Jan. 1, 2015. The same project may be entered for awards in multiple categories. Last year's winners are not eligible for the same award previously won, but may enter other categories. Finalists from previous years are eligible in any category. More than one person from the same organization cannot enter the same project in the same category. In the event that this happens, only the first entry received will be accepted.

2018 Categories

There are 28 categories that you can apply to across five major groupings: developer, affordable, marketing, firm, and individual. The developer and affordable category recognize design and development excellence in individual projects while the marketing category focuses on interior merchandising and design of projects. The firm awards acknowledge achievement at the organizational level while individual awards highlight distinguished individual contributors. A full list of categories can be viewed here.

2018 Application

The Pillars Awards are now on a new platform that allows to you duplicate and copy live applications which makes it easier to apply for multiple categories.  To access the application platform visit Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards Application and select Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards from the Program drop down box.

Once you click create you will be required to log into

Please Note: You will be required to use your NAHB login (if you are a member and expect member pricing) or create a login.

  • After you log in you will be routed back to the awards application portal. 
  • When you complete your awards application you will need to mark it as final. 
  • Once an application has been marked as final please click on the check box to the right and click the red "Check out Now" box at the bottom of the page.  You can pay for multiple applications at once OR applications from different awards program at the same time (i.e. you can checkout and pay for a Pillars application and BALA application at the same time).
  • If you have a promotional code click on the blue box to add. If you are applying for two or more Pillars Awards an automatic discount of $25 off applications after your first should automatically be added.
  • Enter your payment information and click submit.  Once the application payment has been confirmed you can click on "Complete" next to the application to download a copy of your receipt.

Please note if you are completing an application during a special pricing period (i.e. an early bird special) the application must be completed and paid for within the special pricing period for the price to be applied.

Entry Fees

  • $325 Multifamily Council members per entry
  • $375 NAHB Members per entry
  • $400 Non-NAHB members per entry

Apply for more than one Pillars Award and automatically receive $25 off any subsequent entries!  

Important 2018 Dates

Applications are now closed.

  • Finalists Announced:                    Nov. 2
  • 2018 Winners Announced:           Feb. 19, 2019

Winners will be announced during a live awards recognition luncheon at the 2019 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Registration will be required separate from IBS registration. 

Benefits of Entering, Recognition of Winners

Winners and finalists of the NAHB Pillars of the Industry Awards receive one trophy or plaque for display. Winners can market their award-winning projects as the "best of the best" in the multifamily industry to their colleagues, clients and prospective clients. The NAHB Multifamily Council will also promote all award winners in selected national and trade media.