The NHQA is open to home builders, trade contractors and remodelers. Whether you are building production or custom homes, within communities or build on your lot, whether your homes are $100k or over $1million, if your market is within a city or covers 14 states. Whatever market, climate or home type your business focuses on, using the NHQA criteria and applying for the award is relevant to you and improving your business. Past winners have fitted into this wide range of categories of builders, so you will too.
The NHQA is celebrating its 20th year with Professional Builder Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders Research Center in helping the industry improve.
This link will take you to the 2013 NHQA Application and Criteria
Many ask when is the right time to apply for the NHQA? The answer is NOW! So many wait until they have better numbers, the market is more stable etc before applying. But all of that is really about increasing their chances to win. That of course is not the true point of NHQA, the point is improving all aspects of your business and as a result the bottom-line. Beyond that it is certainly valid to discuss time and resources in regard to getting started and writing an application. But again that is the beauty of NHQA, it is not all or nothing. It is not just about submitting a full application and the time it takes to do that. There are free winner articles on the PB website, free presentations given by Judges and winners, and the criteria can be used to conduct self-assessment at any time, which means that regardless of timing using NHQA for driving performance excellence is accessible NOW for any organization regardless of their situation.
Waiting just means delaying improving your business. So download the criteria and apply this year!
Below is a series of links with more information on the NHQA.
The FAQ addresses such questions as how does NHQA work, its impact and other key issues.
For a breakdown of NHQA winner best practices over a 13 year period categorized into Easy, Intermediate and Advanced approaches follow this link.
The NHQA Model, explaining how the criteria functions
How to conduct Self-Assessment using the NHQA Criteria
Writing the NHQA application
Before and after the NHQA Site Visits
The real $ value and impact of the NHQA Feedback Report
How to address and implement the NHQA Feedback Report opportunities for improvement
How green building connects with the NHQA Model