Evaluation criteria, costs, and floor plans


  1. Page two of the Call for Submissions states that first round submissions will be evaluated based on "concept, costs, performance, and design interest." Will these four criteria have a weighted value for each or are they general in nature?
  2. If costs are evaluated to determine winners, especially in the first stage, how will costs be verified? Affordability may be easier to quantify in round two once designs and materials are more precisely established but how so in round one?
  3. Page two also says only exterior drawings are required for round one. Can floor plans also be submitted?
  4. Is the submission to include only one 11x17 design board or can there be multiple 11x17's?Can they be submitted in either landscape or portrait format?


  1. The sentence you are pointing to is not the evaluation rubric; just a mere introduction/summary. Please instead refer to the last page of the Call for Submissions to see the evaluation criteria. Each will be given equal weight.
  2. Indeed, in round one we do not expect to verify or audit costs. Rather, it is up to entrants to convincingly articulate how the “Affordability” evaluation criterion is being met. What does the design do to keep both construction and ongoing upkeep costs relatively low? Numbers and percentages may be included, if desired. The Design Review Panel may choose to direct specific feedback or questions to those entrants who continue on to the second round.
  3. In round one, you are limited to the one design board to be able to include drawings. You are free to include floor plans if you so choose, but not to the detriment of clearing representing the exterior and building envelope.
  4. Only one design board per entry. Landscape or portrait.

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1. Does the signed Entrance Form needs to be sent to you earlier or submitted together with the competition materials at the 1st round deadline date of September 2, 2019?
2. Are alternative foundations acceptable?
3. Are the submitted drawings to be of mass models of different design configurations that fit the different lot and topography configurations?
4. What is the typical size of lots, i.e. width and length, suitable for laneway houses in Nelson? What are the typical zoning restrictions, i.e. height and setbacks, for residential zones?
5. Are (semi-)covered carports included in the building footprint calculation? At which point are eaves/ roof overhangs exempt from the building footprint calculation?
6. Are design teams allowed to submit more than one design?
7. Specific first-round submission format expectations: You state "A design board....including high-level specifications ..."
8. At what point will you determine whether you have enough submissions go move forward vs extending the contest deadline in the hopes of garnering more submissions?
9. Is an eave/roof overhang over entrances ...
10. Would you kindly clarify if this is an AIBC sanctioned “competition”?
11. Gross floor area, registration form, and image submission ...
12. Design boards, Step Code, minimum height, modifications ...
13. Local Entries
14. Questions on drawing types
15. Evaluation criteria, costs, and floor plans
16. Inclusion of technical details; site selection ...