Open to any company seen to have taken significant steps to improve standards in the area of after-sales service during 2015. 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 2015. 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 funded by private finance in the last year. 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.
Nominations are invited from all building services companies and appropriate educational establishments. Entrants must be able to demonstrate both academic and practical prowess during 2015. An indication of the apprentice’s initiative and wider contribution to the success of projects would also be valued.
The need to reduce energy consumption, already a crucial aspect for many, is set to take on added importance as the deadline to hit carbon emissions approaches and schemes such as the Green Deal take effect. Installers demonstrating the successful installation of the most effective solutions for individual projects, including renewable and traditional technology, should apply for this award, outlining their reasons for choosing the various elements of the system and evidence of post-commission results, including customer testimonies where applicable.
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.
This category is open to those supplying products designed to assist with air distribution for heating, cooling or fire safety. These are increasingly used by installers and contractors to assist in vital areas such as compliance with legislation, reduction of energy consumption and carbon saving. With construction methods such as Passivhaus becoming more common, combined with other requirements such as attaining BREEAM standards, the use of air movement products is an area of growing focus for many in the building services sector.