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AIRAH is seeking nominations from the HVAC&R building services industry for the AIRAH Awards 2022! It is your opportunity to highlight notable projects and/or people that have made significant contributions to the industry over the past two years.

The nominations for the AIRAH Awards 2022 are now open, and close on Friday, May 20. 

For information on the AIRAH Award categories and to access the nomination forms, please look further down on this page.

To ensure your expression of interest is eligible, please read the conditions of entry

The AIRAH Awards process
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Expressions of interest have now closed, but we still welcome nominations.
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 Please note: You may submit a nomination for the AIRAH Awards 2022 regardless of whether or not you completed an expression of interest.
Step 2 Nominations across the 11 categories are submitted to AIRAH from HVAC&R peers and professionals. Full nomination submissions are due by Friday, May 20. 
Step 3 Nominations are independently judged and scored by unaffiliated industry specialists.
Step 4 Scores are returned to AIRAH. A shortlist of finalists is determined and announced. 
Step 5 A pool of independent judges selects the winner in each of the categories.
Step 6 Winners are announced at the AIRAH Awards 2022 black-tie gala dinner – November 24 in Sydney.

Please note that each AIRAH Awards category has its own pool of independent judges.

The James Harrison Medal and WR Ahern Awards are not industry-nominated categories. The James Harrison Medal winner is selected by the AIRAH Board, and is not awarded every year. The WR Ahern Award nominations are determined by AIRAH member technical papers published in Ecolibrium. 

Nominations are collected via Google Forms. A Google account is required to complete the nomination submission. Alternatively, for a copy of the nomination requirements, please email [email protected].



BEST HVAC RETROFIT OR UPGRADE

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of a HVAC system, and covers all aspects of project delivery. This can include planning through to engineering, documentation, procurement, teamwork, installation quality and workmanship, working in operational facilities, commissioning, fit-for-purpose outcomes and handover, including training and documentation. Products are not eligible in this category.  
 
The project must have been commissioned in the past two years. 
 
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EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Open to all individuals and organisations who are actively engaged in the HVAC&R industry, recognising initiatives carried out during 2020–2021.
 
This award recognises and celebrates individuals and 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. Nominees in this category might be acknowledged for efforts such as community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, background and experiences. 
 
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EXCELLENCE IN HVAC&R RESEARCH

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems that can lead to future improvements in these technologies. 

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EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation, including new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes. Products are not eligible in this category. 
 
The project must have been commissioned in the past two years. 

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EXCELLENCE IN REFRIGERATION

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021.

This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade to existing refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, or in the industry’s delivery of services. Products are not eligible in this category. 
 
The project must have been commissioned in the past two years.

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EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
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. Products are not eligible in this category.

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FUTURE LEADER

Open to all AIRAH members who are actively engaged in the HVAC&R and building services industry, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021.

This award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R and building services industry, and may include engineers, designers and drafters, project managers and supervisors, tradespeople, commissioning and maintenance technicians, technical salespeople and other industry participants. 

This award is open to any individual who is a member of AIRAH and actively engaged in the HVAC&R and building services industry. The nominee must be nominated by a third party and be 35 years or under as of December 31, 2021.

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INNOVATIVE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN HVAC&R

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of renewable energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems. It was previously known as the Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R, named in honour of Denis Joseph, F.AIRAH, a passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R.
 
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JAMES HARRISON MEDAL

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

The James Harrison Medal recipient is selected by the AIRAH Board, and must be an AIRAH member.

It is not awarded every year, and the winner is announced at the AIRAH Awards gala dinner.
 



PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award recognises excellence in product manufacture within the HVAC&R industry. Products will be assessed for features such as innovation, energy efficiency, sustainability, originality and industry need. 

Eligible products must have been developed, designed and manufactured in Australia. 
 
This award recognises new products only and does not include updates to existing products or products that have been previously nominated for an AIRAH award.    
 
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STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HIGHER EDUCATION OR RESEARCH

Open to all AIRAH members, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 
 
This award is given to a student demonstrating outstanding commitment to their studies and/or research at any level in the HVAC&R industry. Nominations can only be made by a third party, and are restricted to AIRAH members only. 
 
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STUDENT OF THE YEAR – TRADE
Open to all AIRAH members, recognising work carried out during 2020–2021. 

This award is given to an outstanding student at any level in the HVAC&R industry’s trade sector. Nominations can only be made by a third party, and are restricted to AIRAH members only. 
 
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WR AHERN AWARD

This award goes to the best technical paper written by an AIRAH member and published in Ecolibrium during the previous year. All eligible papers are assessed by independent judges. The top papers are then shortlisted, announced and a winner selected.