This category is open to those supplying products designed to assist with air distribution for heating, cooling or fire safety. With construction methods such as Passivhaus becoming more common, combined with other requirements such as attaining BREEAM standards, the use of fans, ventilation systems and AHUs is an area of growing focus for many in the building services sector.
The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is the UK’s leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors – representing the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in the built environment. BESA members benefit from access to a wide range of services and support that is carefully tailored to their needs, which helps them build better and more profitable businesses.
Open to all building services companies able to demonstrate a commitment to training in any area of the business during 2016. 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.
Following the considerable rise in interest in smart technology in recent years, this has been a notable developing trend within the heating and plumbing sector. This category has therefore been established to recognise the domestic installer and contractor that is utilising smart technology in any of its various forms. This could be through installing the latest options to allow home owners to control their systems through their mobile device, or could equally apply to companies organising and supporting their engineers through effective use of smart phone technology.
Open to any company seen to have taken significant steps to improve standards in the area of after-sales service during 2016. The judges will look for evidence of a strategic approach that has helped to lengthen the life of installed equipment by setting up planned maintenance strategies, as well as improving environmental performance by fine-tuning or upgrading installations to the long-term benefit of clients.
Individuals or organisations are expected to highlight specific initiatives that have had a significant contribution to health and/or safety during 2016. 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