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Building Your Construction BusinessBuilding Your Construction Business: Awards and Accreditations

Certifications to Improve Your Construction Business

Awards and accreditations can help builders differentiate their services in competitive markets, where the slightest edge can be the key to acquiring more work. To help bolster your construction business’ reputation, learn where to look for honors and certifications.

NAHB Awards

The National Association of Home Builders provides numerous award programs that allow builders to highlight their top projects, including:

Associate of the Year Award

The BEAM Award for Builders Who Value Associate Members

The Bill Polley BUILD-PAC Award

Association Excellence Awards

The Best in American Living™ Awards

Best of 55+ Housing Awards

Best of IBS

Building Systems Council Awards

Custom Home Builder of the Year

Defender of Housing Award

NAHB Education Designee of the Year

Global Innovation Award

Best in Green

Leading Suppliers Council Spark Award

Pillars Awards

NAHB Remodelers

Student Chapters

NAHB Young Professional Awards

National Housing Center Awards

NAHB Professional Women in Building

SAFE Awards

The Nationals

Other Award Programs

There are a number of other national and regional award programs available through Builder Magazine, The National Frame Building Association, Associated Builders and Contractors and other industry associations. Many local lenders and trade groups also sponsor award programs. For instance, Bank of America sponsors a Neighborhood Builders program and the Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors sponsors a wide array of builder award programs.

You can find more programs by contacting local lenders and associations. While your construction business may not be eligible for every award competition, you should be able to qualify for some.


Accreditations prove that a builder meets key standards for authority, competency and credibility. This can set builders apart in competitive environments and position them to acquire profitable contracts with major clients.

The following organizations offer some noteworthy accreditations:

Associated Builders and Contractors

Better Business Bureau

National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Frame Building Association

You should also look into obtaining accreditations from your state home builder association, along with any community associations that offer certifications. You can find these organizations by calling your local chamber of commerce.

Is it Really Worth the Effort?

Accreditations can go a long way toward enhancing a construction business’s brand. At the same time, they can lead to more business through networking opportunities. When they become certified with national and local associations, builders often receive invaluable access to other industry professionals. Many times, this results in more leads and more work.

Awards can also enhance a builder’s brand, while leading to new marketing opportunities in the form of publicity. Once they earn an award or accreditation, builders can start referring to their business as “award-winning” and “accredited.” These keywords can be especially impactful when you find yourself in a competitive situation with a company that can’t offer the same level of credibility and achievement.

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