Companies and organisations working in disciplines covered by the award categories can enter a project completed within the past year. In this way they can take advantage of an opportunity to raise the profile of the many inspirational initiatives that are characteristic of our nation’s outstanding ingenuity in the field of housing.
43rd Prestigious NHIC Annual Awards
Since 1974 the prestigious National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) Annual Awards have recognised achievement in UK Housing and have grown over the years to become highly regarded as the premier event in the home improvement and modernisation sector. Entries have been invited from across the spectrum of housing modernisation projects and associated activities in the following five categories:
Excellence in roofing through leadership and people development, sponsored by the NFRC
This category welcomes submissions from any organisation or individual that can demonstrate a project, product or change in working practices that has delivered excellence in roofing through leadership and people development. Entrants should consider how their initiative has delivered across the three pillars of sustainability, focussing on the people aspect while also ensuring high quality professionalism and customer satisfaction. This year’s sponsor of this award is the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), an organisation which actively ensures that all its members offer high standards of professionalism and sound business practice through a strict code of practice and vetting procedure, including site inspections and adhering to Government endorsed standards. The Federation also offers training services, technical advice and represents member interests to the wider construction industry and government.
Delivering community benefit through home improvement, sponsored by Quality Assurance
This category is keen to discover and showcase the real benefits to communities which home improvement can have. Entrants should consider how the project, product or change in working practice improved living standards and/or generated enhanced community welfare and a positive sense of place. This year’s sponsor of this award is Quality Assurance (QANW), an insurance intermediary company offering a range of insurance-backed guarantees and deposit protection policies. QANW work closely with building contractors and trade associations from all over the British Isles to allow them to offer an additional degree of consumer protection for their products and standards of professionalism. The consumer protection offered comes in the form of insurance policies in favour of the householder. These are issued directly by QANW to the householder whenever work is carried out by a participating contractor.
Best use of aluminium systems for windows, doors and facades, sponsored by Schueco UK
This category aims to showcase the positive impact on a building’s envelope through the best use of aluminium systems for windows, doors and facades. Entrants may choose to focus their entry on the environmental benefits of such systems, focussing on energy savings and the potential impact on reducing occupant energy bills or on the improved building aesthetics resulting in improved living standards. Entrants may also like to consider the impact of using these systems, alongside their installation, with regard to raising standards of home improvement and ensuring quality products are installed through quality-assured professionals. The sponsor of this year’s award is Schueco UK who create sustainable building envelopes that focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. With more than 4750 employees worldwide, Schueco strives to be the industry leader in terms of service and technology, today and in the future. To this end, the company is always developing and testing new products and services for the entire building envelope, taking account of current market trends and standards.
Innovation and education to reduce fuel poverty, sponsored by the NHIC Educational Trust
This category seeks to reveal what innovative or educational practises are best in class in 2017 across the home improvement sector with a special focus on the important issue of reducing fuel poverty. Recent data from DECC (2016 Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report, England) showed that fuel poverty numbers are rising once again and the NHIC Educational Trust sees this as a worrying turn of events. Entries are welcomed from any organisation or individual that demonstrates active consideration in this area. The NHIC Educational Trust promotes awareness through publicity and education on all matters relating to maintaining and improving residential property. It encourages the better use of homes by stimulating activity by householders, the industry, local authorities and government departments.
George Plucknett Award for overall excellence
is presented to the category-winning entrant that most closely fulfils the objectives of the National Home Improvement Council. The late George Plucknett was a key activist in setting up and firmly establishing the Council as an agent for change on behalf of homeowners and tenants. His mix of professionalism and altruism has been instilled in the NHIC from its very beginning and remains so today.