Open to firms and individuals who undertook industrial/commercial building services installations during 2018. Evidence of improved competence and professionalism along with commercial success will be sought. Tangible results from the introduction of new initiatives must be shown. Companies will be judged by the level of innovation demonstrated, not by their size.
The HVAC industry is embracing the need to encourage women and ethnic minorities and this new award seeks to recognise the progress being made on sites, offices and branches. The Diversity Impact Award is open to individuals who have made a particular impact in their organisations and to companies who have introduced initiatives that help promote the role of women, or encourage diversity in other ways.
In this category, the testimonials of colleagues or customers are important, describing the impact of the person or initiative.
The continuous improvement of skills and competence is vital to the industry, so this category seeks to recognise new initiatives in training in its broadest sense. The entry should show the design, implementation and effect of the training initiative, backed up with statistical or other evidence such as an increase in profits or productivity. Open to all HVAC companies able to demonstrate a commitment to training in any area of the business during 2018.
Individuals or organisations are expected to highlight specific initiatives that have had a significant contribution to health and/or safety during 2018. A ‘before and after’ comparison is welcomed in this category, so that the effect of the initiative can be fully demonstrated. The judges will be looking for real evidence of progress in any of the following areas:
building services design; product manufacture or design; product installation, or application; the introduction of an innovative health and safety policy.
With new build projects contributing a small percentage of the buildings that will be in existence when the government’s various, legally binding carbon reduction target deadlines are reached, the retrofitting of buildings is becoming increasingly important if these targets are to be attained. This award therefore recognises the projects that have refurbished existing buildings to exemplary levels, meeting the needs of the client and providing the property with a new lease of life, while reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
This is open to M&E contractors and consultants who have carried out standout renewable installations within projects. Judges will look for genuinely new innovation in these installations. Carbon cutting effectiveness, impact on lifecycle costs and the demonstration of client benefit are factors that are taken into account. The project’s environmental credentials will be scrutinised closely. Submissions are also welcomed from manufacturers, distributors and merchants, but these should be in association with the contractor and/or consultant concerned and limited to one entry.
There has been a considerable rise in the number of projects including district heating in the UK and this looks set to continue. The District Heating Project of the Year will recognize both community and district heating projects that embrace all aspects to best effect, including design of the plant room/energy centre, laying of correctly sized and insulated pipe work and connection to heat interface units in the appropriate locations. Details of performance levels, carbon savings or reductions in fuel poverty will be well received by the judges.