At the 2004 International Builders' Show, the NAHB Research Center will recognize winners of its National Housing Quality (NHQ) award and Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA). These award programs require extensive self-examination from companies during the application process, with a judges' panel giving applicants comprehensive feedback afterward.

The NAHB Research Center's NHQ program administers the NHQ award, which represents the highest recognition by the housing industry for quality achievement and is open to all U.S. residential construction, remodeling, and trade contracting companies.

The NHQ award application invites companies to examine their quality assurance practices in seven categories--leadership, quality planning, customer focus, quality management, human resources, information management, and quality results. During the process, applicants learn their strengths and weaknesses and recognize opportunities to improve their businesses. Entries are judged on the role that customer-focused quality plays in construction, business management, sales, design, and warranty services.

Chuck Miller Construction of Boise, Idaho, won a silver 2003 Energy Value Housing Award for this 2,790-square-foot, energy-efficient house.
Courtesy Chuck Miller Construction Chuck Miller Construction of Boise, Idaho, won a silver 2003 Energy Value Housing Award for this 2,790-square-foot, energy-efficient house.

The NHQ awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2004. Dean Potter, director of quality programs at the NAHB Research Center, is also facilitating several educational sessions at the 2004 IBS.

The EVHA program honors home builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into the design, construction, and marketing of new homes. The feedback applicants receive from the EVHA judges is the most beneficial part of the competition, as it gives companies unequaled access to the judges' expertise. The judging panel comprises experts in engineering, construction, design, and marketing, as well as past winners of the EVHA.

For more information on the awards competitions, visit www.nahbrc.org/awards.