Many companies found that last year’s early deadline allowed them to prepare their entries during the summer months, prior to the increase in workloads that traditionally occur thoughout the autumn and early winter.
The H&V News Awards 2016 opened for entries last month.
The 2015 industry’s Oscars broke two significant records, with entry numbers exceeding the 200 mark for the first time in the event’s 21-year history. Attendance levels also reached their highest level, with nearly 1,200 people at the ceremony held once again at the Grosvenor House Hotel last April.
One new category has been included for the 2016 awards in the form of Smart Installer of the Year. This follows the increase in attention on smart technology throughout the building services sector, with particular emphasis on domestic households and the ability to control their heating and lighting remotely.
Entries for this category are therefore invited from domestic installers who have raised their game to meet customer interest. Those who have adopted smart technology in any way – through either the installation of appropriate heating controls, mobile technology or internet-based services – are welcome to enter.
The event will continue to use its highly respected judging process, which has seen more than 50 judges involved for each of the past three years. A panel of 62 independent judges has been confirmed for 2016.
In order to maintain the highest levels of integrity, judges are recruited from independent domestic installers and commercial contractors, along with industry association officers. In order to avoid clashes of interest, domestic installers judge the commercial categories and vice versa.
Judges are asked to scrutinise entries online at the end of this year to determine the shortlist. All those identified as finalists will then be invited to attend the H&V News offices in the first week of March 2016 to present to their team of judges, with conference calls offered where finalists are unable to attend in person – a process that has received industry-wide commendation.
At the end of the day, each judging team is asked to identify the winner of their category.
Winners of the 2016 H&V News Awards will receive their trophies on 21 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Those requiring assistance with entries should contact James Dennison on 0203 033 2954.