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ECC EIFS Design Awards Program 2019-20 > FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question that is not covered below? Please email eifsawards@eifscouncil.org for inquiries.

1. What are the project categories?

Low rise residential, mid rise residential, high rise residential, commercial/retail, recreational/institutional, hospitality, renovations.

2. Can I submit my project to more than one category?

You may submit one project to one category only. However, you are permitted to submit multiple projects. You may not submit the same project twice.

3. What are the eligibility requirements?

General criteria:

• Project must be occupied no sooner than January 1st, 2018 and no later than January 31st, 2020 (for all project categories EXCEPT renovation projects).
• OR Project must be completed no sooner than January 1st, 2018 and no later than January 31st, 2020 (for renovation projects ONLY).
• Project must be occupied by the time of submission
• Project opaque walls must be comprised of more than 50% EIFS
• Project site and building must be physically located in Canada
• Project must not be a previous EIFS Architectural Design Awards Finalist or Winner

Category specific criteria:

Low rise residential:
• Project must be within the scope of Part 9 of Division B of the NBC and be used or intended to be used residential occupancy
• Project must be four (4) storeys or under in building height

Mid rise residential:
• Project must be within the scope of Part 9 of Division B of the NBC and be used or intended to be used residential occupancy
• Project must be four (4) to six (6) storeys in building height

High rise residential:
• Project must within the scope of Part 3 of Division B of the NBC and be used or intended to be used residential occupancy

Commercial/Retail:
• Project must be within the scope of Part 9 or Part 3 and be used or intended to be used business and personal services OR mercantile occupancy

Hospitality:
• Project must be within the scope of Part 9 or Part 3 and be used or intended to be used for residential occupancy
• Project must be a hotel, motel, or lodging house

Recreational/Institutional
• Project must be constructed in compliance with the NBC and be used or intended to be used for assembly occupancy

Renovation
• Project must be constructed in compliance with the local building code
• Project must be a recladding of an existing building. If an addition was added to an existing building and new floor area was added, the project would not be eligible for the renovation category, but would be eligible for the appropriate category above)

Please note: Project categories may be redefined, at the discretion of the judging panel, based on the number of participating projects.

4. Is this competition open to architects outside of Canada?

Yes, but the project site and building must be physically located Canada

5. How do I submit my project?

Submissions are received online in electronic format using the submission portal.

6. When is the submissions deadline?

All submissions must be received electronically, no later than 11:59pm on April 3rd, 2020.

7. What are the submission requirements?

a. All submissions must be in an electronic format
b. All submissions must contain two (2) PDF files:
i. Drawing set
ii. One-page summary and photo set
c. All submissions must include a full set of architectural drawings including, but not limited to:
i. Site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections
ii. Key details involving EIFS
iii. Specification list
d. Photo set guidelines:
i. All submissions must include colour photography of the building
ii. Photos of the project from different elevations
iii. Photos of the site that shows the project in its immediate context
iv. Photo resolution should be 180 dpi or higher
v. All submissions should be 8.5 x 11” format submitted online
vi. Sixteen (16) single-sided pages maximum or 8 double sided pages
e. All submissions must include a separate (1) 8.5 x 11” page summary
f. A project can be submitted to one (1) category only. You may submit multiple different projects

8. What are the supporting material restrictions?

All submissions should be 8.5 x11” format submitted online. Total file size should not exceed 20MB.

9. What are the design/scoring criteria that a project will need to fulfill?

You will asked to detail how the project addresses the following criteria:

• Impact: How does the project contribute to its site, neighbourhood and community?
• Design: how does the project demonstrate innovation & creativity?
• Sustainability: Describe the project strategies that were incorporated to reduce the negative impact of the building on the environment?
• Use & Significance: How does this project create a new benchmark of excellence in EIFS construction?
• Technical excellence: How does the project demonstrate technical excellence and good building science principles?

10. Who are are the judges?

Judges will be announced shortly.

11. When will the finalists be announced?

May 15th, 2020