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AIRAH Awards 2014

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has been recognising excellence in the HVAC&R industry for many years.

AIRAH will again acknowledge the best of the best at the 2014 AIRAH Awards Presentation Dinner.

When: 7pm, Thursday, November 27 
Where: Moda Events Portside, Brisbane 
Cost: $160, tables of 10: $1,500 

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                     Gretel Killeen is the MC for the AIRAH Awards Presentation Dinner. 

A seasoned performer, Gretel has performed on radio and TV, live on stage, in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and for Australian troops around the world. She was also television host of Big Brother for seven years.

She has travelled around the world as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, directed a feature film, written more than 20 books, and taught at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
    Olympic champion swimmer Kieren Perkins OAM will entertain as after-dinner speaker.

Kieren was 15 years old and a student at Brisbane Boys' College when he was selected for the Australian swimming team. After a stellar career as one of the world's best-ever long-distance swimmers, Kieren retired from competitive swimming in 2000. Since then, he has served on a number of boards, and draws on his experiences to inspire others to achieve success.

The AIRAH Awards Presentation Dinner is a great opportunity to honour the HVAC&R industry's high achievers, and also to network with industry colleagues.

Photos from the 2013 AIRAH Awards Presentation Dinner.    

Award categories

Nominations for the AIRAH Awards 2014 are now closed.

  The James Harrison Medal

    The James Harrison Medal recognises the highest levels of individual achievement in the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning industry. It is the highest honour AIRAH can bestow upon an individual. 


  Future Leader

Sponsored by

  Recognising emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry, the Future Leader award is open to any individual who is a member of AIRAH and actively engaged in the HVAC&R industry.

The nominee must be nominated by a third party and be 35 years or under as of December 31, 2013.


  Student of the Year

Sponsored by 

             This award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry.

Nominations can only be made by a third party.


 Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade

 Sponsored by

  This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of a HVAC&R system and can address the complete delivery of projects. The project must have been commissioned in the past three years.


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

    The Denis Joseph award recognises Australian initiatives that through the innovative use of solar energy significantly improve the performance of HVAC&R systems. 


 Excellence in Sustainability

Sponsored by

  This award recognises Australian initiatives that have made clear improvements in the sustainability of HVAC&R systems or the HVAC&R industry.

 Excellence in Innovation

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


 Excellence in HVAC&R Research

Sponsored by  

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



 W.R. 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.

Nominations are not required in this category; all published papers in the calendar year 2013 will be considered. 

Past AIRAH Awards

AIRAH has been recognising excellence in the HVAC&R industry for many years. 

View the previous AIRAH Awards winners, from 2009 to 2013.