1. What are the benefits of entering and winning the NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards competition?
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.
Application for the 2020 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards open June 1, 2020. Entries are due Aug. 31, 2020.
Finalists will be announced in fall 2020, with winners announced at the Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards luncheon on Feb. 9, 2021.
Multifamily Council members: $325 per entry
NAHB members: $375 per entry
Non-members: $425 per entry
If you apply for two or more Pillars Awards, you automatically receive $25 off your second (and beyond) submissions.
Please note that you will have to log in to nahb.org to complete your application(s). This is to ensure Multifamily Council and NAHB members receive discounted fees. If you are not a member, you will need to create a login.
No. Entry fees must be paid online at the time of application and they are non-refundable.
To be eligible in the Developer, Affordable or Marketing category in the 2020 Awards cycle, the application must pertain to a project that first became available for sale or for rent after Jan. 1, 2017. 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, 2020.
Yes. Past years’ winners are not eligible for an award in that same category, but may enter other categories. Finalists and non-finalists from previous years are eligible in any category as long as the project was completed after the deadline referenced in Question 5.
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. With our new awards software you can easily duplicate your application — this makes nominating the same project in different categories easier than ever!
No. NAHB will retain all submission materials and may use the pictures for promotion of the projects throughout the year.
9. In the 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?
No. The judges use that information to help evaluate the project on its development and financial merits. All cost, budget, and financial information will be treated as confidential by our judges and will not be shared outside of judging nor published on the website. 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.
No. The submission deadline must be met.
Yes. There is a separate registration fee to attend the Pillars Awards luncheon in February 2021 at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
Visit the awards luncheon page to learn more about the awards program, emcee, or how to register and attend.
Yes! NAHB will issue news releases and blog posts 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 and our media partner, Yield Pro, will profile many of the winners of this year's competition. NAHB also features Pillars winners and finalists imagery for articles and marketing promotions. 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.
Read: Yield Pro's "From Sea to Shining Sea," featuring the 2019 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards winners
Read: Yield Pro's "Stepping It Up," featuring 2019 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards Finalists and winners
Read: Multihousing Pro's "Breathing New Life," featuring 2018 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards winners.
Read: Multihousing Pro's "Artful Amenities," featuring 2018 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards finalists and winners.
Read: Multihousing Pro's "The Year of Transformation," featuring 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards winners.
13. If I need help understanding category criteria or submission requirements, whom should I contact?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Crystal Jackson at 800-368-5242 x8207.