Nigerians Urged to Compete in NAHB 2020 Global Innovation Award

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Bennett Oghifo

The National Association of Home Builders represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities.

Real estate developers in Nigeria now have an opportunity to compete in the International Home of the Year category of the U.S.A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2020 Global Innovation Awards (GIA).

The NAHB is now accepting entries for its 2020 GIA through October 29, 2020. The GIA programme annually recognises the most cutting-edge, advanced and original products, services and homes from around the world.

Niche PR, a Nigerian based Public Relations company, which has been working with NAHB for over a decade in recruiting participation at their Shows and customised training programmes, is encouraging companies and institutions to leverage this opportunity to bring to international focus their businesses.

According to Chief Executive of Niche PR, Mrs. Marcella Iyitor, “Nigerians have increasingly developed innovations that should get global attention. One of such projects is Eko Atlantic Nigeria’s new Global City. Eko

Atlantic is an emerging city unlike any other. Rising on land reclaimed from Atlantic Ocean, it is a symbol of Nigeria’s proud and ambitious spirit.”

“We are therefore happy to encourage and support Nigeria’s housing development stakeholders submit applications for this global recognition to continue to make our country proud, even as we celebrate our 60 years of Independence.”

She said in a statement that NAHB encourages all participants to submit applications for each eligible project, product and/or service in three categories: Product of the Year; Educational Service or Technology of the Year; and International Home of the Year.

“This year we are excited to announce that we have added a new category, International Home of the Year,” said Jillian Pritchard Cooke of Wellness Within Your Walls and 2020 Global Innovation Awards Chair. “We look forward to honoring the global building industry leaders as part of the 2021 NAHB International

Builders’ Show in February.”

Past GIA winners and finalists have stated the benefits of participating in the awards competition:

“Winning this award has added more credibility to our company, more than any marketing campaign in our 25-year history,” said Ken Calligar, CEO of RSG3D Mexicali, Mexico. “In a world needing resilience and energy efficiency, RSG3D was recognized as a leader in exterior and interior wall, ceiling, floor, and roof panel technology.”

Mick Fabar, president of Green Home Builders Australia, an international building franchise company based in Sydney, is GIA 2019 recipient. “We are so proud to have been recognized by NAHB for our educational and training program,” said Fabar. Our building science education incorporates innovative energy strategies, water conservation, preservation techniques and universal design.”

Two-time GIA winner Alex Levy, President of Hillside Software London UK, Johannesburg, South Africa said that,

“introducing new technology to the home building industry has always been a challenge. Our NAHB membership and the GIA program have been invaluable in helping us reach U.S. members.”

The Global Innovation Awards (GIA) recognises the most cutting-edge, advanced, original products, services, and education. This year the Global Innovation Awards introduces a new category – The International Home of the

Year. This award is open to all global citizens including land planners, architects, engineers, designers, builders and developers! “On the Boards” entries (a comprehensive project that is paper-ready for commencement of construction) are eligible and encouraged.

The closing date for award application acceptance is Thursday, October 29, 2020. All finalist and winners will be recognised as part of the 2021 NAHB International Builders’

Show in February.

The NAHB is a Washington, DC-based trade association whose mission is to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry. Founded in 1942, NAHB serves the needs of more than 140,000 members, who include home builders, remodelers and suppliers of building materials, as well as professionals in new home financing, sales and marketing, and building products and services.

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