If you haven’t yet entered the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council’s annual Best of 50+ Housing Awards, it’s time to get moving! The application and entry deadline for the awards has been extended, giving possible winners an extra chance to compete with their 50+ housing peers.
The 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards recognize excellence in building, design, marketing and lifestyle of housing for boomers and beyond. The window to apply for the awards has been pushed back to Oct. 10, with entry submissions now due on Oct. 17.
There are 44 different award categories for you to consider, including “Best 50+ Integration of Aging-in-Place Technology and Design,” “Best 50+ Mixed-Use Community On the Boards,” “Best 50+ Integrated Marketing Strategy or Campaign” and “Best 50+ Fitness & Wellness Program,” among others. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.
“The Best of 50+ Housing Awards are this industry’s most influential national awards,” said 50+ Housing Council Chairman W. Don Whyte. “The demand for 50+ housing will continue to grow as the baby boomer generation—the largest growing group of buyers that we have ever seen in this age group—approaches retirement, and these awards honor those builders and developers who truly have the needs and wants of the mature buyer and renter in mind.”
The judges are looking for innovation and creativity amongst builders, developers, and marketers, which can be seen in previous winners, such as the Arizona community whose wellness program includes a singing group that interprets songs with signs, or a design for a transit-oriented community in Portland, Ore. developed by a partnership of Chinese and U.S. companies. Green initiatives are also valued, exemplified by a Dedham, Mass., community recognized for integrating its sustainably-built environment with the outdoor environment and riverfront.
The next group of winners will be announced at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Information on entry applications, payment and all other materials can be found on the 50+ Housing Council Awards Web page.