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Award Categories

1) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (AIR TREATMENT)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to air treatment equipment, including FCUs, AHUs, air filters, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air purifiers, incorporated virus-killing devices (UV, etc.), kitchen air-extract systems, ecology units, odour removal and smoke removal systems. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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2) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (AIR MOVEMENT, VENTILATION)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to air movement/ventilation equipment, including ducting systems and their accessories (related to fabric, sheet metal, pre-insulated), grilles, diffusers, incorporated virus-killing devices (UV, etc.), under-floor air distribution (UFAD), attenuators, louvres and dampers. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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3) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (FIRE SAFETY)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to fire safety equipment, including ducting, fire and smoke dampers, fans and other fire safety-related ventilation systems. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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4) BUILDING ENVELOP OF THE YEAR (CONTRIBUTING MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to building envelop products that contribute to the reduction of cooling load, leading to energy savings in the built-environment, and thermal comfort. The nature of your business could also be related to any active control measures and passive control aspects, such as motorised louvres, insulation, paints & coatings, glazing and films. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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5) BUILDING PERFORMANCE SERVICES (TESTING AND CERTIFICATION)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to investigating, testing and certifying products and aspects related to air quality (chemical and microbial), air flow, acoustics, etc. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if offering your services to businesses in the region.

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6) DISTRICT COOLING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is to offer District Cooling-related consultancy or contracting services and are working on permanent District Cooling projects (engineering and overall services – plant rooms, reticulation networks, etc.). You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East or are working on assignments in the region.

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7) O&M COMPANY OF THE YEAR (CHILLED WATER PLANT)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is to offer O&M services to chilled water plants, either in a District Cooling or standalone setting. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East or are working on assignments in the region.

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8) DISTRICT COOLING UTILITY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply, if a District Cooling utility provider in the Middle East.

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9) INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (CHILLERS)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying small or large chillers, with the aim being to assess them on the basis of the impact on the overall system. It includes the use of chillers in District Cooling as well as in standalone projects. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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10) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (CHILLED WATER SYSTEM EQUIPMENT AND COMPONENTS, LESS CHILLERS)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying small or large cooling towers, small or large pumps, valves (PICVs, etc.), sensing elements, control wiring, controllers, actuators (all kinds, including motors), protection devices, control circuits, control units, control systems (pneumatic, electrical and electronic – such as BMS, DCS and SCADA), BTU meters, and small and large water and wastewater treatment systems. The aim is to assess the equipment, or components, on the basis of the impact on the overall system. It includes the use of the equipment, or components, in District Cooling as well as in standalone projects. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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11) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (STANDALONE DX)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying standalone DX systems. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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12) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (VRF SYSTEMS)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying variable refrigerant flow systems. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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13) GCC REGION MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to indigenously manufacturing or assembling HVACR equipment out of facilities in the Middle East.

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14) MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (WATER HEATERS)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying water heaters. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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15) HVACR ACCESSORIES MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing or supplying rubber products (impact-protection systems, fenders), adhesive tapes, pipe supports (hangers, flanges, clamps, bolts, adjusters), fixing accessories (angles, etc.), insulation support (inserts, saddles, shields), anti-vibration products (isolators (spring-based, elastomeric), bases, mounts, pads), ducting accessories (flexible duct connectors, insulated flexible duct connectors, insulation fasteners, damper accessories), service accessories and tools, filter driers. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East, or if manufacturing or supplying to projects in the region.

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16) PROJECT OF THE YEAR (OUTDOOR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS)

You are eligible to apply if you have, or had, undertaken the design, construction and/or installation of a COVID-19-related temporary air conditioned healthcare facility in the Middle East for accommodating and treating infected patients. You may also do so as owner of the facility. You are also eligible to apply if the owner of a project (construction site – to protect labourers toiling in the hot sun), fan zone, restaurant, safari, amphitheatre, etc.) based in the Middle East that has installed outdoor cooling systems, such as evaporative, mist-based, fog (single or cannon) or refrigeration-circuit-based systems. Or it could be barrier systems that deflect and minimise the invasion of hot airstreams by creating a high-pressure zone in stadia projects and the like. The project also could be a greenhouse for commercial agriculture and would be viewed as supporting the cause of food security; it could have a custom-built, unique system to control the temperature. As an owner of the project (construction site, restaurant, greenhouse, etc.), you were responsible for decisions related to the installation of the system. You may apply as a developer or master-developer, as well.

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17) PROJECT OF THE YEAR, NEW CONSTRUCTION – IEQ (HEALTHCARE, ACADEMIC, HOSPITALITY, COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL)

You are eligible to apply if the owner of a healthcare, education, hospitality, commercial or residential facility in the Middle East. You may apply as a developer or master-developer, as well.

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18) HVAC CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if an HVAC/MEP consultant involved in the engineering and overall services related to HVAC systems in standalone projects in the Middle East. (Note: There is a separate category, ‘District Cooling Company of the Year’ for consultancy work in District Cooling-related projects.)

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19) HVAC CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if an HVAC/MEP contracting or sub-contracting firm involved in the engineering and overall comprehensive construction services related to HVAC systems in standalone projects in the Middle East. (Note: There is a separate category, ‘District Cooling Company of the Year’ for contracting work in District Cooling-related projects.)

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20) BUILDING EFFICIENCY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the owner of a project in the Middle East that has undergone retrofitting work for energy efficiency. You may apply as a developer or master-developer, as well. If an ESCO, you may apply on behalf of the owner of the project. [Note: Only one application per project will be accepted.]

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21) IAQ HEALTHCARE RETROFIT PROJECT OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the owner of an existing healthcare facility in the Middle East that has undergone retrofitting work for indoor air quality to contain the spread of viruses, and to protect and enable it to effectively handle future pandemics, as and when they might occur. The work carried out could have been upgrading of equipment – high-efficiency air filters even in areas of the facility that traditionally have not attracted such attention; procuring of mobile air filtration units, air scrubbers, etc.; undertaking broad and specific measures to minimise surface contamination; and establishing protocols and procedures for converting regular rooms into negative air pressure isolation rooms and for additional ventilation-related work, etc.

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22) COMMISSIONING/RE-COMMISSIONING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is to offer commissioning, re-commissioning or retro-commissioning services to buildings in the Middle East.

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23) FM COMPANY OF THE YEAR (ENERGY MANAGEMENT, IEQ)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is to offer facilities management services to buildings in the Middle East. You are eligible to apply if you had undertaken HVAC-specific measures related to disinfecting buildings (cleaning of the coils, etc.) to protect occupants from the spread of the virus.

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24) IoT INTEGRATION INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your work is related to integrating the Internet of Things/AI/ML to improve HVACR-related building performance, including remote monitoring of HVACR equipment – harvesting data, diagnostics, predictive maintenance. This could include improving energy efficiency, optimising water use, enhancing indoor environmental quality (IEQ) or reliability of comfort cooling or process cooling. This could also be in the context of refrigeration (cold chain) and broad commercial and industrial refrigeration projects. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East or if contributing to projects in the region.

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25) HVACR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if based in the Middle East or if contributing to projects in the region, towards improving building performance, including IEQ. This award recognises individuals, but you may apply if a member of a project team, as long as you are able to clearly demonstrate your substantial individual contribution to the project.

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26) YOUNG HVACR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if you are below 30 and are based in the Middle East or if contributing to projects in the region, towards improving building performance, including IEQ. This award recognises individuals, but you may apply if a member of a project team, as long as you are able to clearly demonstrate your substantial individual contribution to the project.

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27) MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR (VEHICLE ENVELOP & CONDENSING UNITS)

You are eligible to apply if the nature of your business is related to manufacturing truck-mounted bodies, reefer trailers or condensing units. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East or are supplying to clients in the region.

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28) COLD STORE OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if the owner of a cold storage facility (minimum 2,000 pallets) or facilities in the Middle East.

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29) DOMINIC DE SOUSA AWARD FOR INNOVATION

You are eligible to apply if you believe you have introduced an innovation (radical or incremental) related to any of the disciplines of the acronym, HVACR. The innovation in question could be related to a product, software, business model or an engineering approach (design, assembly, fabrication, installation, etc.). Or as a consultant or consultancy firm, you could have introduced an approach (design solutions and strategies) to an existing or anticipated challenge. Much in the same way, as a contractor, you could have introduced an approach to an existing or anticipated challenge. Further, as a research and development firm, you could have arrived at a revolutionary discovery. You are eligible to apply if based in the Middle East or have applied the innovation in the region.

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30) DIGITAL HVACR STORE OF THE YEAR

You are eligible to apply if your focus is on supplying HVACR-related products through a digital platform, with associated aftersales support. You are eligible to apply only if based in the Middle East or are supplying to clients in the region.

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31) EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD

Invitation to submit does not apply to this category. Winner(s) in the category are chosen from the vast expanse of the HVACR industry, allied industries and multiple sectors that benefit from the HVACR industry. The standard evaluation process does not apply to choosing the winner(s).