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CHBA, Built Green Canada unveil housing award finalists

Programs recognize standout housing across Canada in quality and sustainability

Bridgewater Residences on the Lake in Burlington, Ont. is, a finalist for the mid- to high-rise building award by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. (Courtesy Canadian Home Builders’ Association)

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) and Built Green Canada (BGC) have both announced the finalists for their awards commemorating standout new homes and innovators in sustainable building.

Ottawa-based CHBA said the 2024 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence is its largest awards competition to date, receiving over 900 entries from across Canada.

“The calibre of entries is a testament to the work and skills that are needed in the residential construction industry. This year’s finalists should be very proud of what they have accomplished on the national stage,” CHBA’s CEO Kevin Lee said in the release.

Winners will be announced on May 10, 2024 in Saint John, N.B. during the CHBA’s Home Building Week.

Edmonton-based BGC’s inaugural Maverick Awards finalists recognize the individuals, projects and home builders making strides in sustainable homebuilding.

Winners will be announced on March 25.

CHBA’s mid- to high-rise building finalists

For its new home awards covering mid- to high-rise buildings, CHBA named five finalists each in categories for completed and planned developments.

The best completed mid-to high-rise buildings are:

The best planned mid- to high-rise buildings are:

Net-zero home recognition by CHBA

The CHBA named its finalists for net-zero homes:

Finalists for community development

The final nominees for the Best New Community Award are:

  • Elan in Beaumont, Alta. The 1,280-acre mixed-use neighbourhood is planned to hold over 8,300 households, according to builder Morrison Homes. Its developer is Dream Unlimited;
  • Jayman Living’s Southfork community in Leduc, Alta. consisting of townhomes, laned homes, front-attached garage homes and bungalows. Models range from one- to three-bedroom units, with prices going from $380,000 to $620,000;
  • Union Village by Minto Communities Management Inc. and Metropia; and
  • Hart Village and NiMa Trails both in Guelph, built by Terra View Custom Homes. The single-family homes at Hart Village and NiMa Trails vary from one-bedroom to four-bedroom variants.

For the Best Growing Community Award, the finalists are:

  • Harmony by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities, located in Springbank, Alta. The mixed-use community was launched in 2015 and is expected to house 10,000 residents upon completion, according to Qualico.
  • Currie by Canada Lands Company is a 200-acre community in Calgary with seven builders. In April 2022, the Canadian government invested over $3.5 million to purchase and develop two vacant lots in Currie to aid Horizon Housing with the development of a 72-unit residential building.
  • Developer and builder Cantiro’s The Hills at Charlesworth in southeast Edmonton. Housing is made up of front-drive single family, rear-lane single family, three-storey single family and townhome units.
  • Alpine Park, a 476-acre neighbourhood in Calgary by Dream Unlimited, currently offering homes ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom-plus versions; and
  • Allegro by Geranium Homes in Aurora, Ont. Floor plans vary from four bedrooms to five bedrooms, with the smallest home at approximately 3,100 square feet and the largest at almost 6,000 square feet.

CHBA also lists the finalists for 12 awards in home renovations and 12 awards for marketing.

BGC's Maverick Awards for sustainability

The Maverick Awards offers three categories; Ambassador Finalists, Innovation Finalists and Transformational Finalists.

Ambassador Finalists, the organizations and people “encouraging and promoting sustainable building,” are:

  • Jayman BUILT, a Calgary and Edmonton-based homebuilder that offers four kinds of sustainable housing, including a net-zero ready model;
  • Joe Geluch, the president and CEO of Naikoon Contracting, a Vancouver-based custom homebuilder; and
  • Kelly Williams, the design and sustainability manager of Sterling Homes Edmonton, a homebuilder.

Innovation Finalists are:

  • Jayman BUILT's Path to Net Zero, features for all of its homes that avoids 4.63 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year and make its homes 33 per cent more energy efficient than the standards required under Alberta’s building code;
  • Mountain-View Homestead by Ellenwood Homes, a one-bedroom, 1,675-square-foot home that is Built Green Platinum-certified and solar ready; and
  • Orion at Lumino Park, a 115,000-square-foot, 135-unit residential high-rise featuring photovoltaic solar arrays. The property is owned by Calgary-based Kanas Corporation.

The Transformational Finalists are:

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