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Projects entered into this category must demonstrate initial affordability of the product, as well as incorporating ‘whole of life’ sustainable elements that provide for long term affordability: ongoing running costs; marketability; and sustainability to respond to changing housing needs. The project should incorporate design elements that make a positive contribution to housing affordability whether for owners or rental. Demonstrating inclusiveness, the extent to which the project accommodates an appropriate mix of households and seeks to provide all residents with the opportunities to participate actively in community life.

This category is open to entries of any type or residential development including subdivision, medium, and high-density projects. Entries are encouraged from both the private and public sector and may include developments that provide social or rental housing, or those pitched at the first home buyer market. The project needs to be completed to proceed to National.

The winner of this award is eligible for nomination into the UDIA National Awards. If nominated, you will be required to complete the UDIA National Awards criteria documentation.

Completion Criteria for UDIA Judging

To adequately judge an entry for the UDIA Awards for Excellence Program, entrants must provide to the Judging Panel sufficient evidence of the completion of a significant part of the project.

For example, single stage projects must demonstrate practical completion and sold or available for sale. Multistage projects must have at least one full stage completed and sold or available for sale, and other stages under development.

Category Criteria
Planning & Integration
Built Form and Architecture
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