Past AIRAH Awards winners







The AIRAH Awards 2017 was held on Thursday, November 2 in Sydney.

 

AIRAH Awards 2017 winners

Future Leader Award


This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants.  

Winner: Peta Blight, M.AIRAH, from Devlin Engineering & Management

This award was sponsored by A.G. Coombs.

Student of the Year – Higher Education and Research


The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Federico Tartarini, Stud.AIRAH

This award was sponsored by ActronAir.

Student of the Year – Trade


The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Nathan McHugh, Stud.AIRAH

This award was sponsored by LG Electronics.

Award for Excellence in Innovation


This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: AECOM for AirTrunk Huntingwood

This award was sponsored by Standards Australia.

Award for Excellence in Sustainability


This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services. 

Winner: Norman, Disney & Young for its work on International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo South Base Building

This award was sponsored Heatcraft Australia.

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: Frame Group, Sydney Processing Centre – Modernisation Project

This award was sponsored by NABERS.

Product of the Year 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: Air Change, Low Dew-Point Humidifier (ACDHUM-LD)

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award 


This award recognises and celebrates organisations that have shown leadership in their efforts, initiatives, policies, programs and practices to embrace and foster truly inclusive levels of representation within their ranks.

Winner: Aurecon – Future Ready by Design through Gender Inclusion program 

This award was sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric.

WR Ahern Award 


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Dr Cameron Chick, M.AIRAH, and Dr Stephen Hodson, M.AIRAH – “Mitigating the risk of fire spread from pipe insulation.”

James Harrison Medal 



The James Harrison Medal recognises the highest levels of individual achievement in the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

Winner: John Bosci, F.AIRAH 








The AIRAH Awards 2016 was held on Thursday, November 10 in Sydney.

 

AIRAH Awards 2016 winners

 

Future Leader Award

 

This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants.  

Winner: Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH, from NABERS

Research Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Xiaolin Wang, Stud.AIRAH

Trade Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Michael Snook, Affil.AIRAH

Award for Excellence in Innovation



This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: Lommers Engineering’s DownUnder GeoSolutions High-Performance Computer Cooling Systems

Award for Excellence in Sustainability

 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services. 

Winner: Umow Lai for its work on the School of Design at the University of Melbourne

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade

 

This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: Refrigeration Innovations’ work at the IGA Boccaccio Cellars, Melbourne

Product of the Year 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: Fast Works’ X-Operative TAB

WR Ahern Award 


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Josh Wall, M.AIRAH – “Predictive control of refrigerated facilities for improved energy management.” 








The AIRAH Awards 2015 was held on Thursday, November 26 in Sydney.

 

AIRAH Awards 2015 winners

 

Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Inga Doemland, Stud.AIRAH.

Future Leader



This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Chris King, M.AIRAH.

Excellence in Innovation

 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: Lendlease/A.G. Coombs’ prefabrication approach at Barangaroo.

Excellence in Sustainability

 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: The work by Steensen Varming on the University of Technology Sydney’s Thomas Street Building.

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade 


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: Aurecon’s air conditioning improvements at 175 Eagle St, Brisbane.

Product of the Year 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: Conserve It’s PlantPro BMS.


W.R. Ahern Award 2015


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH.



 

Winner: Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH.

 
 






The AIRAH Awards 2014 was held on Thursday, October 27 in Brisbane.

 

AIRAH Awards 2014 winners

 

Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Matthew Webb, M.AIRAH

L-R: Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, AIRAH CEO; Brian McDonnell, accepting award on behalf of Matthew Webb, Umow Lai; Dean Perri, Heatcraft (Award sponsor); Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, AIRAH President.

Future Leader



This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Alex Baidjurak, Affil.AIRAH


L-R: Alex Baidjurak, Affil.AIRAH, and Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs (Award sponsor).

Excellence in Innovation

 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: WSP for Echuca Regional Health redevelopment.

L-R: Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, AIRAH President; Sean Treweek, F.AIRAH, WSP; and Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, AIRAH CEO.

Excellence in Sustainability

 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: ActronAir ESP Platinum

L-R: Jamie Mair, ActronAir and Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, Air Change (Award sponsor).

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade 


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: NDY for 247 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.

L-R: Jeff Marchant, NDY, and Carlos Flores, App.AIRAH, NABERS (Award sponsor).

Excellence in HVAC&R Research 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: CSIRO for the Residential Building Energy Efficiency Study.


L-R: Stephen White, F.AIRAH, Michael Ambrose, Andrew Law, Melissa James, and Josh Wall, M.AIRAH, all from CSIRO.

Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC and Refrigeration


This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of solar energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.  This award is named in the honour of Denis Joseph, AIRAH Fellow and passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R.

Winner: NEP Solar for the micro urban power station at the new UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Building.

L-R: Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, AIRAH President; Russell King, King & Martin Electrical; Jeremy Osborne, M.AIRAH, Energy AE; John Vogels, Yokogawa; Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, AIRAH CEO.


W.R. Ahern Award 2014

 

The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Sean Badenhorst, M.AIRAH.


L-R: Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, AIRAH CEO, Sean Badenhorst, M.AIRAH, and Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, AIRAH President.
 
 



The AIRAH Awards 2013 was held on Thursday, October 31 in Brisbane.

 

AIRAH Awards 2013 winners

 

Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Michael Whitehouse, who is completing a Masters of Engineering by research at the University of Wollongong, focusing his research on innovative building display systems. 

L-R: AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH; award winner, Michael Whitehouse; and Stewart Phillips from Heatcraft (Award sponsor).

Future Leader



This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Clare Parry, M.AIRAH, a senior sustainability consultant at Umow Lai.


L-R: AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH; award winner, Clare Parry, M.AIRAH; and Chris Deans, M.AIRAH, from A.G. Coombs (Award sponsor).

Excellence in Innovation

 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: Air Change, for the AC-DCU – Air Change Data Centre Unit.

L-R: Jim Malek, Affil.AIRAH, from Kingspan (Award sponsor); Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, from Air Change; and AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH.

Excellence in Sustainability

 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: CSR Building Products – Odyssey.

L-R: Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, from Air Change (Award sponsor); Jim Malek, Affil.AIRAH from CSR; and AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH.

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade 


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: Norman Disney & Young – 215 Adelaide St, Brisbane.

L-R: AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH; Jeff Marchant from NDY; and Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, from Scantec (Award sponsor).

Excellence in HVAC&R Research 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: Vahid Vakiloroaya, Stud.AIRAH, and Associate Professor Quang Ha, University of Technology Sydney – Toward Green Buildings.


L-R: AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, and award winner, Vahid Vakiloroaya, M.AIRAH, from University of Technology Sydney.

Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC and Refrigeration


This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of solar energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.  This award is named in the honour of Denis Joseph, AIRAH Fellow and passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R.

Winner: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong – Team UOW/BlueScope – Solar-assisted HVAC system.

L-R: Massimo Fiorentini, M.AIRAH, from the University of Wollongong, and AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH.


W.R. Ahern Award 2013

 

The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Dr Richard Aynsley, F.AIRAH, for his paper “Condensation in residential buildings,” which was published in the October and November 2012 issues of Ecolibrium.


L-R: AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, and award winner, Dr Richard Aynsley, F.AIRAH.
 
 

AIRAH Awards 2012 winners

 

Student of the Year

 

The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.  

Winner: Ramadas Narayanan, Affil.AIRAH

L-R: AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, and Dr Frank Bruno accepting the Student of the year award on behalf of Ramadas Narayanan, Affil.AIRAH.

Future Leader


This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Jessica Holz, M.AIRAH, Umow Lai Engineering


L-R: AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, and Brian McDonnell on behalf of Jessica Holz, M.AIRAH

Excellence in Innovation 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: Air Change for the Air Change Dehumidification Unit

Air Change and AIRAH staff.

Excellence in Sustainability 


This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: NDY – Melbourne Water data centre.

L-R: AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH; Patrick Fogarty, NDY; and sponsor Steve Atherton, M.AIRAH, Air Change.

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade 


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: GHD – 4 Mort Street, Canberra.

L-R: Sponsor Alberta McAteer, Lasath Lecamwasam from GHD and AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH. 

Excellence in HVAC&R Research 


This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies.

Winner: Dr Frank Bruno, Affil.AIRAH, Dr Martin Belusko and Steven Tay, University of SA – High-performing low-cost thermal storage with phase-change materials.


L-R: Dr Frank Bruno, Affil.AIRAH and AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH.

Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC and Refrigeration


This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of solar energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.  This award is named in the honour of Denis Joseph, AIRAH Fellow and passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R.

Winner: CSIRO – TAFE NSW Hunter Institute – Two-rotor solar desiccant air conditioning system.


W.R. Ahern Award 2012


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Dr Weng Poh, M.AIRAH, for his paper “Tenability criteria for design of smoke hazard management systems”, which was published in the August 2011 issue of Ecolibrium.


L-R: AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, congratulates Dr Weng Poh, M.AIRAH, on winning the WR Ahern award.
 
 

AIRAH Awards 2011 winners

 

Student of the Year 


The Student of the Year Award is open to AIRAH members and individuals. This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.

Winner: Liam Janetzki, Qbuild

Liam Janetzki

Future Leader


This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Nathaniel Galindo, App.AIRAH

L-R: Nathaniel Galindo, App.AIRAH is congratulated by Heatcraft’s Bill Moltner.

Excellence in Innovation 

 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: Seeley Climate Wizard

L-R: Air Change CEO Steve Atherton, M.AIRAH, and Jon Seeley.

Excellence in Sustainability 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: Pixel (Umow Lai)

L-R: Bernard Da Cruz and Marthinus Noyce from WSP, Sustainability Victoria’s Val McGregor, and Umow Lai’s Shane Esmore.

Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade 


This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of an HVAC and/or refrigeration system and can address the complete delivery of projects.

Winner: System Solutions Engineering

L-R: 19 Grenfell St owner Duncan Young, Tony Edmunds, M.AIRAH, from System Solutions Engineering, and Lynette Bourne from NABERS

James Harrison Medal 


The most distinguished award presented by AIRAH is the James Harrison Medal. The award commemorates James Harrison whose work in Australia made him one of the great world pioneers of refrigeration. 

Winner: Simon Hill, F.AIRAH 

Simon Hill is only the 26th recipient of AIRAH’s highest honour. Simon is principal of Sydney-based Professional Engineering Solutions, a Sydney-based private consultancy firm operating in the HVAC&R and fire-services industries. 

 

 

L-R: AIRAH president Sean Treweek, M.AIRAH, congratulates Simon Hill, F.AIRAH.

W.R. Ahern Award 2011


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Dr Mike Dennis, M.AIRAH and Dr Paul Kohlenbach, M.AIRAH 

L-R: WR Ahern winner Dr Mike Dennis, M.AIRAH, with the evening’s MC John Blackman.
 
 
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AIRAH Awards 2010 winners

 

Future Leader

 

This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, Air Change


Excellence in Innovation 

 

 

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: BuildingIQ


Excellence in Sustainability 

 

This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: Steensen Varming  Surry Hills Library and Community Centre


W.R. Ahern Award 2010


The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Craig McClintock, M.AIRAH


 
 

AIRAH Awards 2009 winners

 

Future Leader

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This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, trades people, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical sales professionals, or other industry participants. 

Winner: Dr Josh Wall

L-R: CSIRO's Josh Wall with Heatcraft Australia Managing Director, Bill Moltner.

Excellence in Innovation 

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This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the  areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly enhanced products, new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. 

Winner: AirLight integrated ceiling services system

L-R: AIRAH Director Sean Treweek with Airlight Concepts' Ken McCarthy.

Excellence in Sustainability 

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This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry. The initiatives may be new air conditioning or refrigeration installations, retrofits or improvements to existing air conditioning or refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, items of plant or other improvements, or in the industry’s delivery of services.

Winner: Waterman AHW  Workplace6

L-R: Waterman AHW's Scott Brown with Air Change CEO Steve Atherton.

W.R. Ahern Award 2009

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The W.R. Ahern award is awarded annually and recognises the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium in the preceding year.

Winner: Rod Lord, Cundall for "Designing personal microclimates with workstation-based air conditioning".

L-R: AIRAH Director Sean Treweek with Rob Lord.

Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R

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This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of solar energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.  This award is named in the honour of Denis Joseph, AIRAH Fellow and passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R.

Winner: Paul Kohlenbach, Solem Consulting

L-R: AIRAH Director Sean Treweek with Paul Kohlenbach.

James Harrison Medal

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The highest honour AIRAH can bestow upon an individual is the James Harrison Medal.

Winner: Ron Conry for his pivotal role in assembling a world-class team to develop an efficient oil-free compressor.