The Quality Home Comfort Awards (QHCA) provide an opportunity for contractors to display excellence in design and installation quality to the rest of the industry. But far more important, the winning contractors have been able to convey to homeowners the benefits of first-class, integrated, total comfort systems.

As judges were once again faced with the difficult task of choosing only five winners, it became clear what distinguished this year’s award-winning projects from the other entries: creative design, installation expertise, and a willingness to go the extra mile to satisfy the needs of the customer, on time and on budget. Detailed presentations also helped, as photographs, blueprints, load calculations, and sometimes, even a flair for the written word brought the proposals to life for our panel of judges. Unfortunately, only a few can win in the final judging process.

What’s the best system? It always depends on what’s best for the homeowner, and that’s not always easy to figure out. However, by combining their knowledge with today’s technology, HVAC contractors can provide the level of comfort required to meet the demanding lifestyles of today’s homeowners.

How Were the Winners Chosen?

This year’s entries ranged from oil heat to geothermal, from forced air to radiant, from boilers to hybrid multi-load hydronic systems. The submitted entries were reviewed and scored by a panel that included Contracting Business’ editors and experts from the HVAC contracting industry. The judges carefully reviewed each project, using a checklist that encompassed everything from solid design to system performance.

Five first place winners, five runners-up, and eight honorable mentions were chosen to represent this year’s elite contractors. In addition, an outstanding project award is being given to recognize a contractor who provided a top-notch system to not only one home but to eight.

Besides receiving national recognition through this publication, the winners and runners-up will be recognized on September 12 at HVAC Comfortech 2002, the national residential and light commercial HVAC seminar and comfort technology showcase in Baltimore (see page 42) for more information). In addition, the five first place winners will receive free registration to the entire HVAC Comfortech 2002 program.

The QHCA Mission

The QHCA contest was created to recognize high-quality design and installation of comfort systems in both newly built and renovated homes. The most important mission of this effort is to stress to HVAC contractors, builders, and the public the importance and value of the HVAC system as a key component of a well-built home.

Besides being read by the largest circulation of HVACR
contractors, distributors, and manufacturers, this special section highlighting the winning homes is also delivered to 5,000 leading North American builders.

Finally, we want to emphasize that the size of the project is unimportant. Designing a top-notch system for a 10,000 sq.ft. home is certainly impressive, but providing a creative comfort solution for a smaller home can be even more challenging. Therefore, we would love to see more entries in categories A (retrofit up 3000 sq.ft.) and C (new construction up to 3,000 sq.ft.).

Winning isn’t the only thing (but, it’s nice)

Contracting Business salutes all the entrants who provided exceptional design solutions to their customers. Ultimately, the real winners are those homeowners who
receive the best combination of service and quality.

Contracting Business is proud to introduce the very best of 2002 — our Quality Home Comfort Award winners.

Click on the links below to view the 2002 Quality Home Comort Award winners in .pdf format.


Quality Home Comfort Awards 2003

To give you an even greater insight into what makes a QHCA winner, there will be a special session entitled “How to Put Together an Award-winnning QHCA Entry” at this year’s HVAC Comfortech. The session will feature a panel of past and present QHCA award winners who will address how the combination of great projects and good presentation has led them to multiple wins over the last few years. They will also share how winning has enabled them to even better market their company to customers.

Also, the 2003 program will offer even more incentives to enter. In addition to a free registration for HVAC Comfortech in Dallas, TX next September, winners will receive a $500 cash prize, assorted prizes from leading manufacturers, a marketing package filled with ways promote your award and your company, and a chance to win a travel voucher valued at $2,500.

For more information, see page Q-7 for the 2003 entry. The deadline is December 16, 2002.