The Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Housing and Pool Awards is the state’s most prestigious residential building awards. It celebrates excellence in construction, innovation and quality in the building and construction industry in NSW. The Housing Awards showcases the very best in residential construction and attracts a broad cross section of the residential building sector, including project home builders, contract builders, apartment constructors and contractors specialising in additions, alterations and renovations.

Entries are now open.

Download the PDF entry form below. Close date is 20th March 2020.

2019 saw a record number of projects entered with the judges astounded by the quality of construction, the many building obstacles successfully overcome during the building process, as well as maintaining excellent relationships with clients, sub-contractors and design team. Check out all the 2019 winners

This year's awards take place on Saturday 5th September 2020 at The Star Event Centre. More details about this event will be available on the 2020 Winners Presentation Night page soon.

Entry Requirements

Please be aware that the emphasis will be based on the on-site inspection by a team of judges.
In addition, the following information must accompany each entry.


Completed Entry Form for each project, including signed authority and entry fee.
Copy of HBCF certificate (formerly Home Owners Warranty) - where applicable.
Description of entry that can be used in all editorials.
Company Profile that can be used in all editorials.
A4 floor plans. Additions/Alterations/Renovations should also include simplified ‘before’ floor plans.
A selection of 15 high resolution internal and external digital images (please refer to photography requirements for further details)
‘Before photos’, please provide a minimum of 2 images prior to work being carried out. This only applies to a few categories. Please refer to award categories list.
List of manufactures and/or suppliers of entered project.
Sales Brochure for display home entries only.
Copy of a Google map or current street directory page with the street highlighted.
Energy and Environmental categories - Please include a project overview describing how your entry fulfilled the energy efficiency and/or environmental management outcomes.

Judging Criteria

All entrants must show excellence in the following criteria:

  • Quality of Construction
  • Design Challenges
  • Use of Materials
  • Value for Money
  • Innovation

A judging panel will inspect all projects entered. Entrants will be requested to ensure the appropriate  personnel are on hand during the inspection to ensure that any questions posed by the judging panel are answered. Entrants will receive at least one week's notice of the inspection time and date.

Should there be a period of time during judging that is not suitable for inspection to take place (i.e. no access to home due to client on holidays), please advise the Association no later than 20 March 2020 to lessen the impact on scheduling on-site inspections.

Entry Fees

  • MBA of NSW Member
    $550 for first entry (inc GST)
    $473 for each additional entry (inc GST)
  • Non MBA of NSW Member
    $770 for first entry (inc GST)
    $693 for each additional entry (inc GST)

Why use a professional photographer?

There are some distinct advantages of commissioning a professional photographer to take photographs of your entry. 

  1. Your project will be presented in the best light possible and you will have control over the images taken. 
  2. Professional photographs are of the highest standard and can highlight special features of your project.
  3. You can use the professional photographs in your own publicity material such as your brochures, flyers and your website.

You can choose to use your own photographer or we can organise photography for you. 

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FEE
$680 per entry (inc GST)
Additional costs will apply for entries outside the Sydney metropolitan area. Please contact the MBA for further details.

Media Coverage

Both entrants and winners of the MBA Excellence in Housing Awards receive extensive media coverage as part of their participation in these prestigious industry awards. All entrants are featured in the MBA’s Excellence in Housing Annual published in conjunction with Universal Magazines and distributed,  via sales in newsagent outlets, to the wider consumer market.

Winners of the Awards are featured in the special Excellence in Housing Awards issue of the Master Builder magazine, which is disseminated to all MBA members across NSW, on the MBA website, and listed in media releases distributed to all media by the MBA. Winners may also be featured in the Sydney Morning Herald Domain supplement, published by Fairfax Media in conjunction with the MBA.

Supporting Industry Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for 2019. Sponsors for Housing Awards 2019