Awards Categories & Entry Forms

The Build It Awards categories for 2017 are below. We’re looking for entries that show the amazing successes of the custom and self build industry over the past 12 months. Weather you’ve launched a new window product, designed an inspiring home, or provide the best self build mortgage on the market, we have a category for you.

Entrants are asked to demonstrate excellence in their field. Please see our categories below, where you can download an entry form. You may enter as many categories as you see fit. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at the 2016 Shortlist here.

Entries close on Monday 24th July.

Best Self Build or Renovation Project - sponsored by ID Systems

This category will feature a selection of Readers’ Homes that have appeared in Build It magazine over the last 12 months. It will be judged by Build It readers on both the design and the self build/renovation journey the homeowners experienced. The homes will be selected by the editorial team and judged via an online vote, so there is no entry process for this category.

Nominated Category

Best Architect/Designer for a Self Build Project - sponsored by Kloeber

Entries for this category must be accompanied by a description of a recent self build project, along with a reference from the home owner as to why their architect/designer should win this category.

Entries will not only be scored by the judges, but Build It readers will vote for their winner online. Readers will be asked to judge the design of the scheme, the level of support provided and to what extent the architect/designer helped to deliver excellent value.

These votes will be combined with the scores from the judges to decide the overall winner.

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Best Architect/Designer for a Renovation or Extension Project

Entries for this category must be accompanied by a description of a recent extension or major renovation project, along with a reference from the home owner as to why their architect/designer should win this category.

Entries will not only be scored by the judges, but Build It readers will vote for their winner online. Readers will be asked to judge the design of the scheme, the level of support provided and to what extent the architect/designer helped to deliver excellent value.

These votes will be combined with the scores from the judges, to decide the overall winner.

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Best Collective or Group Self Build - sponsored by Self Build Zone

This is a nominated category which celebrates the best community-led self build initiative in the UK. Nominations can be made by anyone, including parties involved in the project. All entries in this category are free.

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Best Custom Build Project or Model - sponsored by Custom Build Strategy

This category celebrates the best developer/enabler-led custom build initiative in the UK. Judges will be looking for innovative schemes that either create new self build opportunities or give homeowners significant input into the design and finish of their property.

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Best Council for Self/Custom Builders

This award will go to the local authority that has done the most to facilitate self and/or custom building in the UK. Entries for this category can be nominated by councils, developers, organisations members of the public. Entries should focus on what the council is doing, how they have facilitated the growth of self and/or custom build in their catchment and any flagship schemes that are in the pipeline. All entries in this category are free.

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Best Self Build for Under £250k

This category is for self built homes that have been completed for under £250,000 (excluding land) and is open to projects that make best use of the budget available and those at the more affordable end of the spectrum.

We welcome a full range of build systems to enter this category and anyone may enter. Judges will look at how the project has delivered a high-quality home that represents great value-for-money, while achieving the homeowner’s requirements.

Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Builders' Merchant for Self Builders

Entrants for this category can be national or regional merchants with the ability to demonstrate that they understand the needs of self builders. This category will be judged on customer service, product selection and value for money.

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Best Timber Frame Home

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using timber frame and can be entered by timber frame companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed. Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Off-Site Manufactured Home

This category aims to highlight the benefits of the premanufactured route to self builders and renovators. Government support for this housebuilding route has been strong, but the method can be a hugely attractive route for one-off, bespoke projects too. Judges will look at overall designs, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed. Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Oak Frame Home

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using oak frame and can be entered by oak frame companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed. Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Brick/Masonry Home

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using brick or other masonry, including concrete systems, as the primary method and can be entered by masonry companies, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the owners’ needs have been addressed. Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Eco Home

This category is for self built homes that have been designed and constructed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible. We particularly welcome entrants from a variety of build systems including ICF, straw bale, SIPs and thin joint masonry, to name but a few, and anyone may enter.

Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the homeowners’ needs have been addressed, with a specific focus on energy performance, so reports and data will be beneficial.

Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best SIPs Home

This category is for self built homes that have been constructed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and can be entered by SIPs manufacturers and suppliers, architects or designers. Judges will look at overall design, efficiency, innovation and how the homeowners’ needs have been addressed. Pictures are required of the interior and exterior of the home, along with a detailed description of the project and a reference from the homeowner.

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Best Windows

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it outperforms competitors, is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. Details of the product are required, ideally with images of it installed in a home.

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Best Glazed Doors

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it outperforms competitors, is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. Details of the product are required, ideally with images of it installed in a home.

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Best Joinery Product

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product could be anything from a staircase to a front door, flooring to a whole kitchen, either made from wood or a wood substitute. Details of the product are required, ideally with images of it installed in a home.

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Best Heating Product

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, better value, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product can be anything that generates heat in a home, including heat pumps, eco boilers and stoves. Details of the product are required, ideally with images of it installed in a home.

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Best Plumbing or Drainage Product

Each entry in this category should be for a single product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured, or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. The product can be anything from innovative radiators to rainwater harvesting systems, shower fittings or underfloor heating pipework. Details of the product are required, ideally with images of it installed in a home.

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Innovation in Insulation

For this category, participants should enter a single product that has been developed/enhanced over the last three years and specifically addresses the needs of the self build/renovation market. This category will be judged on the product’s performance and whether it stands apart from similar items on the market.

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Best Sustainable Technology or Product

In a world where it can appear that almost every product claims eco credentials, we are seeking to identify something that really stands out. Its manufacture should leave a light environmental footprint and its use should save energy, water, CO2 emissions or pollution. Details of the product are required, including evidence to support its claims, plus a selection of images of the product.

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Best Home Technology Product or Installation

This category is for an installation or a technology product, or ranges of products, that can be installed into a room or whole house as part of the construction/fit-out process (as opposed to being removable brown or white goods). Judges will be looking for design, innovation, lifestyle benefits and value-for-money. Please include a selection of images of the products. You may wish to include images of a finished installation.

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Best Roofing System or Product

Each entry in this category should be for a roofing system or product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. It could be anything from a type of tile or covering, to trusses. Judges will be looking for innovation, sustainability and value-for-money. Ideally your entry will be accompanied by a small case study on the system or product in use on a completed self build project.

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Best Cladding System or Product

Each entry in this category should be for a cladding system or product that the entrant believes is the best on the market. This could be because it is better designed/manufactured or simply deserves to be the de-facto choice for self builders. It could be anything from a type of timber covering to render, metal or brick slips. Judges will be looking for innovation, sustainability and value-for-money. Ideally your entry will be accompanied by a small case study on the system or product in use on a completed self build project.

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Best Self Build Lender

For this category, judges will be looking at how Lenders have implemented a product that has addressed the financial needs of self builders.

Judging will be in 3 stages: Firstly the product will be scored against an industry-specific framework; secondly judges will consider the Lender’s commitment to and impact on the sector; and thirdly a customer satisfaction survey will be run online. Lenders will be given an email link that they can send to customers, encouraging them to participate and this will also be sent to all Build It readers and BuildStore customers.

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