Finalists named for the 2018 AIRAH Awards 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The finalists have been announced for this year’s AIRAH Awards, with an elite selection of the industry’s top projects, products and individuals in contention.
The AIRAH Awards judges have sifted, assessed and ranked a welter of nominations to name finalists across the categories. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on November 15.

“We are living through a time of tremendous transformation and disruption in the built environment,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “This is as acting as a catalyst for the HVAC&R industry to reach ever greater heights of excellence.

“The AIRAH Awards offer a chance to acknowledge and to celebrate the industry’s progress and performance. All of the finalists have achieved a standard of excellence that deserves recognition.”


Future Leader Award
Massimo Fiorentini, Affil.AIRAH, SBRC, University of Wollongong; Jason Harrison, M.AIRAH, Airmaster; Lina Le, Affil.AIRAH, BUENO; Firas Shawash, Affil.AIRAH, i-Fire Engineers; Chris Stamatis, Affil.AIRAH, CopperTree Analytics; Mark Vigors, M.AIRAH, Ellis Air Conditioning.

Student of the Year – Trade
Matthew Benger, Stud.AIRAH, TAFE SA; Patrick Brennan, Stud.AIRAH, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech; Anthony Consterdine, M.AIRAH, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA; Matthew Farrugia, Stud.AIRAH, TAFE NSW – Nirimba.

Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research
Farnam Fathalian, Stud.AIRAH, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA; Clayton McDowell, Stud.AIRAH,  SBRC, University of Wollongong.

Product of the Year
Trafalgar Fire Containment – Firebox; Aeris Environmental – AerisGUARD Corrosion Protection Plus; Hevac Controls – HCP7 carpark CO controller; Seeley International – Braemar Evolution.

Excellence in Refrigeration
Cold Logic – Coopers Brewery; Glaciem Cooling – The Bend Motorsport Park; Heatcraft and Goff’s Refrigeration – Optus Stadium.

Excellence in Sustainability
Refrigeration Innovations – Ritchies IGA Supermarket Beechworth; BUENO and Crown Melbourne – Crown Melbourne – Data utilisation for sustainability; NDY – RN Robertson building at the Australian National University; CIM Enviro – 99 Elizabeth St - Fault detection and diagnostics; A.G. Coombs and AECOM – ICC Sydney Mechanical and HVAC Services; Kingspan Insulation Australia – Kingspan Insulation manufacturing facility.

Excellence in Innovation
A.G. Coombs and AECOM – ICC Sydney Mechanical and HVAC Services; Airmaster – Tuggeranong Office Park - Building services network project; Black Stump Technologies – Solar powered deployable mortuary; Airmaster – John Gorton Building; Kingspan Insulation Australia – Kingspan Insulation manufacturing facility.

Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade
NDY – RN Robertson building at the Australian National University; Aurecon – UQ TC Beirne School of Law; Cundall – TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute of Asian Cookery; ENGIE Services ANZ – Four Seasons Hotel Sydney energy efficiency upgrade (BOOT scheme); AECOM – RMIT New Academic Street; Energy Action – NABERS upgrade at 221 London Circuit.

The WR Ahern Award goes to the best technical paper published in Ecolibrium written by an AIRAH member. Eight papers are eligible this year.

Also in 2018, AIRAH will be presenting the James Harrison Medal, the Institute’s highest honour, to an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the HVAC&R industry.

The 2018 AIRAH Awards sponsors are Daikin (Event sponsor); A.G. Coombs (Future Leader); LG Electronics (Student of the Year – Trade); Standards Australia (Excellence in Innovation); Heatcraft (Excellence in Sustainability); Mitsubishi Electric (Entertainment sponsor).

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