The NAHB Custom/Small Build Student Competition exposes students to a small scale residential construction project from concept to closing. Teams identify a home building opportunity in a specific geographic area, focusing on the best opportunity for a small builder to be successful and grow their business.
The 2024 NAHB Student Competition will be held at the 2024 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 26-28
2024 Competition Timeline
Aug. 18, 2023 — Competition Problem Posted
Oct. 11, 2023 — Live Competition Q&A for Custom/Small Build Competition Teams
Oct. 17, 2023 — Registration Due ($400)
Nov. 21, 2023 — Team Member List Due
Dec. 5, 2023 — Last Day to Withdraw from Competition
Dec. 19, 2023 — Projects Due
Feb. 26-27, 2024 — Presentation Dates
Feb. 28, 2024 — Judges’ Debriefing (morning, time tbd)
Feb. 28, 2024 — Awards Ceremony at IBS (afternoon, time tbd)
2024 Competition Materials
The 2024 competition problem description, rules and guidelines, and important materials are available below. NAHB encourages students to request to join the 2024 Custom/Small Build Competition Google group as a Q&A space for questions related to the competition.
2023 Custom/Small Build Competition Winners
First Place: Louisiana State University
Second Place: Utah Valley University
Third Place: California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Resources for Competitors
- NAHB Four-Year Student Competition Guidebook
- 2022 Four Year Programs Custom Home Builder Judges Debrief Video
- 2023 Competition Judges
$400 entry fee for four-year programs.