Inclusion of technical details; site selection ...


  1. One of the requirements is to have a presentation board of 11 x 17 for showing the design. We were curious if we also provide a pamphlet of more of the technical details like building code, Bylaw, Step Code, etc. We feel that if we provide all this text information on a design board it will really draw out the impact of what we want to do.
  2. For the site, is it required to choose a specific site in Nelson? We are just choosing a typical 50' x 120' lot in an R1 Zone.


  1. Unfortunately, for the first round, it is necessary to contain your submission to the design board and the 200-1,000-word written description. That kind of pamphlet can be included in the second round. In this first round, the Design Review Panel is not seeking too many technical details, but rather, reassuring the Panel that the concept is technically feasible and meets the evaluation criteria. It is important to communicate the impact of what you want to do, but it will be necessary (at this stage) to focus on key highlights.
  2. There is no requirement to choose a specific site. What’s important is to design to maximise the design’s applicability to as many lot configurations as possible.

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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
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