Housing Industry Celebrates Achievements at National SAM Awards

LAKE LOUISE, AB, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - New home builders, renovators and developers from across Canada celebrated achievements in the housing industry at the Canadian Home Builders' Association's National SAM Awards presented today. The awards were a highlight of the CHBA National Conference with builders from Ontario and Alberta receiving many of the top honours.

Albi Homes Limited of Calgary won the prestigious Grand SAM Award. The firm also won the New Home Award for the best single detached home over 2,200 square feet in the production category and the best sales office in the Marketing Awards category. The Grand SAM is presented annually to a CHBA builder member for combined excellence in both the building and marketing of new homes.

"Each of these National SAM Award winners has demonstrated leadership and produced leading-edge products," CHBA President Ron Olson said. "Every award recognizes an outstanding success and I congratulate all the winners."

The CHBA National SAM Awards presented by Schlage and Trane is the premier competition for new homes, home renovations, community development, marketing and sales. The awards recognize outstanding performance in new homes and renovation design, innovative technology and construction techniques, and outstanding marketing and sales activities. The competition is open to all new home builders, renovator and developer members of the CHBA. An independent panel of judges selected from across the country reviews all entries.

Marketing Excellence Award
Brookfield Homes (Ontario) Limited of Markham won the Marketing Excellence Award for its project, Pathways in Caledon East. Creative concept and production: BAM Builder Advertising & Marketing Inc. The award goes to the CHBA builder member whose single project combines the best overall achievements in marketing. The award is based on the cumulative results attained in at least four Marketing Award categories.

Green Home Award
Effect Home Builders Ltd. of Edmonton won the Green Home Award, presented to a new home builder or developer member for outstanding environmental performance in a new single-detached home.

Community Development Award
The Community Development Award, recognizing members' achievements in creating attractive, exciting and innovative communities, was presented to Watermark Development LP of Calgary for Watermark at Bearspaw - Phase 1.

New Home Awards - Production
Linwood Homes Ltd of Young's Point, ON. won for Deerbay in the single-detached, under 1,500 square feet category.

Rinaldi Homes (Niagara) Inc. of St Catharines ON. won for The Riverside, Courtland Valley Estates in the single-detached between 1,500 square feet and 2,200 square feet category.

Albi Homes Limited of Calgary won for The Carrara in Artesia at Heritage Pointe. in the single-detached category for more than 2,200 square feet.

Rinaldi Homes (Niagara) Inc. of St Catharines won the New Home Award for single-attached homes for Unit #2 Old Mill Lane - Old Mill Lane.

New Home Awards - Custom
Maric Homes Ltd. of Winnipeg won for the best single-detached home under 2,500 square feet.

Northern Sky Developments Inc. of Martensville, SK. won for the category of 2,500 to 4,000 square feet.

Coastal Construction of Sidney, B.C. won in the single-detached, over 4,000 square feet category.

New Home Awards - Multi-Family
Adera Development Corporation of Vancouver won in the multi-family project category for "seven35"

Home Renovation Awards
Cochren Homes Limited of Oakville, ON won the award for Kitchen renovations. reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc. of Vancouver won in the Any Room category. The Whole House award for a project under $250,000 went to Sloot Construction Ltd. of Arkell, ON. Oke Woodsmith Building Systems Inc. of Grand Bend, ON won the award for a project between $250,000 and $500,000. Malbec Homes & Renovations Inc. of Calgary won for a project of more than $500,000.

Marketing  Awards
Six Marketing Awards were also presented in the following categories: Print Ad, Direct Mail Promotion, Website, Project Signage and Logo, Brochure/kit and Sales Office.

The Awards ceremony was a highlight of the Canadian Home Builders' Association's 70th National Conference. The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) is the national voice of the residential construction industry, representing more than 8,000 member firms across the country. Membership comprises new home builders, renovators, developers, trade contractors, building material manufacturers and suppliers, lenders and other professionals in the housing sector.

SOURCE: Canadian Home Builders' Association

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