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H&V News Awards 2011: categories and criteria

With entries for this year’s H&V News Awards now coming in, here’s a look at the accolades on offer along with advice on how to put together a winning submission

Air Conditioning Product of the Year

Open to manufacturers of air conditioning equipment and components. Judges will look for genuinely new innovation or a novel application of existing technology to new markets - those launching ‘me-to’ products should not apply. Aesthetic effect, efficiency and the demonstration of commercial success are factors that are taken into account.

2010 Winner: Coolmation, Rhoss Adaptive Function


HVAC Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by Viessmann

Open to firms and individuals who undertook industrial/commercial HVAC installations during 2010. Evidence of improved competence and professionalism along with commercial success will be sought. Tangible results from the introduction of new initiatives must be shown.

2010 Winner: Shepherd Engineering Services


Rural Heating Installer of the Year
Sponsored by Calor

Rural heating is an often overlooked but key market in the UK energy landscape and this category will seek to reward excellence and innovation among the long established and hardworking rural heating installer community.This category is open to firms and individuals who undertook heating installations for members of the public (as opposed to companies or organisations) in rural areas during 2010.

2010 Winner: W.E. Scott & Sons

 

H&V Project of the Year

This category aims to award consultants and contractors for the highest standards of excellence in a single installation project. As well as packing a punch with tonnes of ‘wow’ factor, the winning entry will have demonstrated: how the project was completed to the original programme and within original budget; how problems, both technical and cultural, were overcome as the project progressed; an exemplary safety record; excellent leadership; efficient use of resources; and first-class quality management. Please supply images with your entry where possible, but please note that photographs cannot be returned.

2010 Winner: Shepherd Engineering Services

 

Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Vokera

Nominations are invited from all HVAC companies and appropriate educational establishments. Entrants must be able to demonstrate both academic and practical prowess during 2010. An indication of the apprentice’s initiative and wider contribution to the success of projects would also be valued.

2010 Winner: Scott Straw, Central Heating Services

 

Domestic H&V Product of the Year
Sponsored by Domestic and General

Open to manufacturers of H&V products for the domestic market. Judges will look for genuine innovation or a novel application of existing technology to new markets - those launching ‘me-to’ products should not apply. Aesthetic effect, efficiency and the demonstration of commercial success are also factors taken into account. The product’s environmental credentials will be scrutinised closely.

2010 Winner: IntaEco, IntaSol

 

Domestic Heating Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by Baxi Domestic

This category is open to all companies that carried out residential heating installations for companies or organisations (as opposed to members of the public) during 2010. Evidence of improved competence and professionalism along with commercial success will be sought. Tangible results from the introduction of new initiatives must be shown.

2010 Winner: Central Heating Services

 

Domestic Installer of the Year

Open to firms and individuals who undertook residential installations for members of the public (as opposed to companies or organisations) during 2010. Evidence of improved competence and professionalism along with commercial success will be sought. Tangible results from the introduction of new initiatives must be shown.

2010 Winner: Northern Gas Heating

 

Environmental Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Soler and Palau and Envirovent

Open to any individual or organisation in the HVAC sector that has taken meaningful steps to safeguard or improve the environment during 2010. Entrants must be able to demonstrate clearly why the initiative was introduced, what it has achieved and the long-term impact their actions are likely to have. Some scientific or third-party confirmation is preferable.

2010 Winner: Gardner & Co

 

Industrial/Commercial Heating Product of the Year

Open to manufacturers of heating products for both industrial and commercial applications. Judges will look for genuinely new innovation or a novel application of existing technology to new markets - those launching ‘me-to’ products should not apply. Aesthetic effect, efficiency and the demonstration of commercial success are factors that are taken into account.

2010 Winner: Rinnai UK

 

Marketing Initiative of the Year

Open to all manufacturers/distributors in the HVAC industry able to demonstrate the success of a marketing initiative in relation to their business products during 2010. Entrants must be able to show the reasons behind the initiative along with its effectiveness rather than just the amount spent. The judges are particularly looking for originality and impact.

2010 Winner: Glow-worm

 

Partnering Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Victaulic

Open to organisations throughout the HVAC sector able to demonstrate a commitment to partnering throughout 2010. The entry should demonstrate the benefits of the initiative to all the involved members of the supply chain and how it resulted in improved productivity and profitability. It should also reflect the cultural benefits associated with partnering such as a growth in trust, openness and improved communication.

2010 Winner: Lochinvar and Rayotec


Renewable Project of the Year

This is open to M&E contractors and M&E consultants who have carried out standout renewable projects in the past 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. The project’s environmental credentials will be scrutinised closely.

2010 Winner: Cotswold Efficient Energy Centre


Safety Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Ideal Stelrad

Individuals or organisations are expected to highlight specific initiative(s) that have had a significant contribution to health and/or safety during 2010. A before and after comparison is welcomed in this category, so that the effect of the initiative can be demonstrated.

2010 Winner: Haydon Mechanical & Electrical

 

Service & Maintenance Initiative of the Year

Open to any company seen to have taken significant steps to improve standards in the area of after-sales service during 2010. 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.

2010 Winner: A.C.Wilgar

 

Training Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Vaillant

Open to all HVAC companies able to demonstrate a commitment to training in any area of the business during 2010. 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.

2010 Winner: Norland Managed Services

 

Merchant of the Year *NEW*
Sponsored by Baxi Commercial

New for 2011, the Merchant of the Year Award will provide recognition for the HVAC sector’s most highly regarded suppliers from within the retail sector. The judges will be looking for the candidate with the best and most suitable product ranges, combined with the highest levels of customer service.

 

H&V News Gold Award
Sponsored by HVCA

This is not an open category. The recipient, chosen by the H&V News editor, will have made an outstanding contribution to the heating and ventilating industry in 2010.

2010 Winner: Trevor Hursthouse, Chairman, Specialist Engineering Contractors


Outstanding Contribution to the Industry *NEW*
Sponsored by Pipe Center

The winner of this category will be a company or organisation that has contributed something of outstanding importance to the industry over the past 12 months. It will be voted for by the H&V News editorial team and a member of the Pipe Center team, the sponsor of this category.

 

Enter here to submit your entry for the H&V News Awards 2011