Whom do we contact to receive clarification?

Please send your queries to awards@cpi-industry.com. Do allow us time to get back to you, considering that we are moderated by a third-party auditing firm, which might like to evaluate a particular answer to ensure that no applicant even inadvertently gets an unfair advantage. Also, please do bear in mind that for the very same reason, we simply might not be able to answer some of the questions.

Can we apply to multiple categories?

Yes, of course, you may do so. If your company is a manufacturer of air-treatment systems as well as air-movement systems, you are at liberty to apply for the two categories pertaining to the products.

Can we send multiple entries to a category?

No, you cannot do so, except for the category, ‘Manufacturer of the Year (Standalone DX, including VRF)’.

While applying, are we limited to the products specified in the scope of each of the categories?

No, the products listed in the scope are merely indicative in nature. For instance, in the category, ‘Manufacturer of the Year (air-treatment)’, you may be a manufacturer of products besides FCUs, AHUs, air filters, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air purifiers, kitchen air extract systems, ecology units, odour removal and smoke removal. Please check with us, if in doubt by writing to awards@cpi-industry.com.

Can we fill the form over a period of time, as opposed to at one go?

Yes, you can. We have a user-friendly electronic format, which allows you to fill the application form in an intermittent manner – it allows you to save whatever you have entered. On registering, you will receive a unique set of access details, which you may use to gain access to the submission form any number of times. You can register today and have till 6pm (UAE time, GMT+4) on October 23, 2017 to submit your entry; during this period, you may make any number of changes to your submission form. Please note, the access to the form is limited to 6pm (UAE time, GMT+4) on October 23, 2017. Since the form is electronic in nature, the form will automatically cease to be accessible from 6.01pm (UAE time, GMT+4) on October 23, 2017. It is, therefore, in your best interests to start the submission process early and allow sufficient time for review. We recommend that you do not wait till the last day to submit your entry.

Can we send our entry/entries now and, later, make amendments?

No, you may not. We, therefore, urge you not to press the Submit button (in the form), till you are absolutely sure you are fully ready to send in your entry. Once you press the Submit button, you will not be able to make any changes whatsoever to your entry. Also note, you will not be permitted to fill the form again from the beginning – we shall not accept a duplicate entry for the same category. The onus is on you to ensure you are fully satisfied with your answers and the supporting evidence before pressing the Submit button.

Where are the requirements for applying to the category, ‘Editor’s Choice Award’?

The requirements are not available in the public domain. We are not inviting submission of entries to the category. The winner(s) will be selected by the Editor of Climate Control Middle East magazine, who will apply his judgement and, if required, consult expertise. The whole process will be monitored by a third-party auditing firm.

My products are manufactured in North America and are supplied to the Middle East, among other regions. Am I eligible to send in an entry?

Yes, you may send in an entry. The fact that you supply to the Middle Eastern market makes you eligible. The rule says that those companies either manufacturing in, or supplying to, the Middle East can send in an entry.

What do the judges seek the most?

While writing the essay, you will do well to remember that the judges want to see relevant answers to the questions, and for you to substantiate – with documentary evidence – every claim you might choose to make.

I noticed that you have changed the submission process, this year?

Yes, that’s correct. While in the past, we asked you to send answers to multiple questions (in the form of KPIs), this time around, we ask you to submit a 500-word essay and, along with that, a PowerPoint presentation, which highlights the key points of the essay. While the process of submission has been simplified, the process of evaluation will be just as rigorous, so you might want to spend considerable time in writing and thoroughly reviewing the essay before pressing the ‘Submit’ button.

What will the judges do with the PowerPoint presentation document?

While the judges will go through the 500-word essay, starting this year, they would also like to meet you in person and for you to present the key points in the essay. In a date and venue that will be announced by the end of September, they will ask you to appear in front of them to make the PowerPoint presentation. The date will most likely be towards the end of October, so we urge you to keep your calendar as free as possible, then. The venue will likely be in Dubai.

What if I am based in Saudi Arabia or Spain? Do I have to visit Dubai in person?

No, you don’t have to. CPI Industry will make tele-conferencing facilities for you to present from there, if you so wish.

What is the specific nature of the presentation?

You will be allowed to present a maximum of seven slides, preferably containing information in the form of bullet points. The information you present will be key points from your 500-word essay. (Please note: The PowerPoint presentation document you submit by the deadline date will be considered as final; you will not be permitted to carry an updated presentation to the venue or to make changes to the one you submitted.) The presentation in front of the judges will be for no more than seven minutes. After that, the judges might choose to ask you questions on your presentation. The Q&A will last three minutes. Overall, two representatives per application will be permitted to co-present.

Would I be permitted to bring any equipment or components to show the judges as part of my presentation?

Yes, you may do so, as long as they are small and manageable. The size notwithstanding, the hotel that will serve as a venue for the presentation can reserve the right to not permit the equipment or components in the premises, citing health and safety standards, or if they see them as having the potential to damage the hotel property. CPI Industry will take no responsibility whatsoever in facilitating the presentation of equipment or components to the judges.

How much does it cost to submit an entry for the Climate Control Awards?

It is absolutely free. There is no charge whatsoever for sending in entries.