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Dear Colleagues:

In Part 2 of Inside-Out, I had listed the 17 socio-economic and sustainable development targets you need to base your essay on towards submitting an entry for Climate Control Awards 2018. Today, I shall elaborate on how you could frame your entry – write the essay – in as comprehensive, relevant and accurate a manner as possible.

The essay represents a significant opportunity for you to present your case in the best manner possible, so it is in your interest to pay ample attention to what is required of you. The judges, without exception, expect you to elaborate on the single most important contribution you have made as an organisation, individual, project or service towards comprehensively improving, or contributing to the comprehensive improvement of, the condition of the world. The time period of evaluation is from October 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018, which means that you could have taken steps towards helping improve the condition of the world and either completed the work or initiated action, which given the scope, could take beyond September 1, 2018 to complete. Of course, you would need to show evidence of substantial progress towards completing the work during the period of evaluation, if the scope is such that the work would take a longer time to complete.

So, what meaning can you possibly take out of the expression, ‘improving the condition of the world’? I am going to take the example of fixing leaks in ducting systems (on the basis of a September 2015 Climate Control Middle East report, available in e-format at www.climatecontrolme.com). Hypothetically speaking, if you are going to apply to the category, ‘Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year (air movement, ventilation)’, an example of an action aimed at improving the condition of the world could be fixing leaks in ducting systems. As a manufacturer, this could include not stopping with supplying a robust ducting system but going beyond being a purveyor to ensuring the entire network is properly installed through training and supervision and, if possible, also being available during the testing and commissioning process. The point I am trying to make is that manufacturers showing a commitment towards ensuring design intent is matched by performance, would be viewed as improving the condition of the world, considering that leaking ducting systems result in losses estimated at billions of US dollars a year, which means an increase in total cost of ownership, increase in indirect emissions of greenhouse gases and poor indoor environmental quality (absence of thermal comfort).

The essay you write could be on how you contributed to eliminating, or minimising, leaks in buildings, leading to ‘Mitigating climate change (reducing direct and indirect emissions)’ (Target 1 among the 17) and/or ‘Providing thermal comfort indoors or outdoors without compromising on energy efficiency’ (Target 5 among the 17).

Likewise, if you are an MEP consultant, you may wish to send in your entry for ‘MEP Consultant of the Year’ on the same issue. You may describe extraordinary measures you took to ensure the proper planning of ducting routes and the proper specifying of equipment. You may also describe how you nurtured a positive and cordial relationship with the contractor and other stakeholders to ensure the installation was as per the design intent. You might argue that typically, supervising the installation process, either fully or partially, is beyond the scope of your assignment or is impractical, given access issues, but that is precisely what the Climate Control Awards is about – going beyond the call of duty; we believe it takes extraordinary effort to land the hands on the coveted CCA trophy.

In the next part, we shall continue the conversation on how you could frame your entry in as comprehensive, relevant and accurate a manner as possible.