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Time waits for no  one, so don’t delay

If you are anything like me, the arrival of May is when you first start thinking to yourself: “Where has the time gone?”

This rings particularly true when it comes to projects related to specific deadlines. Writers are notorious for putting things off as long as possible, then hurtling into the final days or weeks of a project, powered by what they describe as adrenaline, but is probably fear.

I know it isn’t only writers who put things off, since we experience the same phenomenon with you folk and your entries for the Cooling Awards. Are we the only country who uses phrases like “the real deadline” or the “final final deadline” do you think? 

Looking at the way the carmaker Daimler has approached the MAC Directive, (see p4), I suspect it isn’t peculiar to Britain. Let’s not forget the firm is arguing about the preferred solution 18 months after the law was supposed to have been applied, and six months after the EC said in headmasterly tone: “The time for all excuses has passed.”

The Cooling Awards is, of course, the real reason I am waxing philosophical about the subject now – as you read this, the deadline will be less than three weeks away. In the voice of the teachers of our youth, I can tell you there is still plenty of time to produce a good entry, but you really shouldn’t put it off any longer.

I am particularly keen to encourage those of you in the air conditioning sector to put forward your achievements this year. The desire to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon have seen some innovative projects up and down the country, across the whole spectrum of chillers, VRFS and heat pumps, both ground-source and air-source. 

The Air Conditioning/Heat Pump project of the year was established specifically to recognise such applications, on a level playing field, away from the glare of refrigeration projects. And of course, environmentally friendly projects in the likes of data centres, office developments and process cooling have the added bonus of being eligible for Commercial/Industrial Project of the Year, too.

The other encouragement I would give is (adopting the teacher’s voice again): it’s not about size it’s what you do with it. The Cooling Awards do not have to be the preserve of the national players or the megaprojects. Judges are looking for quality not quantity. 

See the ad on p12-13 of RAC May for more details – but note the deadline. And finally, in the light of recent developments at other publications, I think it worthwhile to emphasise that our publisher EMAP remains committed to serving readers with publications dedicated to their own sectors. As the challenges of low carbon building increase, you will find RAC addressing wider issues – see our new Building Matters column on p16 – and even collaborating with sister magazine H&V News on projects of common interest. 

But we believe the cooling and heating industries continue to deserve separate magazines, with in-depth articles, written in response to industry developments as they happen, that meet our readers’ needs.

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