AIRAH Awards: 2019 nominees

The AIRAH Awards 2019 were handed out on November 14 in Sydney. Thank you to all our sponsors, nominees, supporters and attendees for making it the biggest AIRAH Awards ceremony so far.

Nominations for the AIRAH Awards 2019 commenced earlier in the year and were reviewed by our panel of judges. Please find the full list of winners and nominees below.

AIRAH Awards 2020 nominations will open in February. Please check back later for more information.

BEST HVAC RETROFIT OR UPGRADE

The Award for Excellence – Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
This award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of a HVAC system, and can address the complete delivery of a project. 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. 

2019 nominees:
  • Mater Private Hospital – DMA Engineers and VAE Group
  • Repatriation Hospital Hobart – COVA
  • Terminal 1, Pier B South and C, Sydney Airport – Cundall
2019 winner: DMA Engineers and VAE Group – Mater Private Hospital

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DENIS JOSEPH AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN HVAC&R

The Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R is open to all AIRAH members and individuals, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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 honour of Denis Joseph, AIRAH Fellow and passionate supporter of solar HVAC&R. The winner of this award will be presented with a cheque for $3000.

2019 nominees:
  • This award will not be handed out in 2019.



EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD

Sponsored by Standards Australia

The AIRAH Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion is open to all individuals organisations who are actively engaged in the HVAC&R industry, and recognises initiatives carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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. 

2019 nominees:
  • A-Gas
  • Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
  • Cundall
2019 winner: Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH

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EXCELLENCE IN HVAC&R RESEARCH

The Award for Excellence in HVAC&R Research is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
This award recognises outstanding achievements in research that have produced additional knowledge of HVAC&R systems with importance for future improvements in these technologies. 


2019 nominees:
  • Cool Earth, The Vive, Craigie – DevelopmentWA
  • Desert Rose Solar Decathlon House –Solar Decathlon Team, University of Wollongong
2019 winners: DevelopmentWA – Cool Earth, The Vive, Craigie; Solar Decathlon Team, University of Wollongong – Desert Rose Solar Decathlon House

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EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric

The Award for Excellence in Innovation is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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. 

2019 nominees:
  • Barrack Place – Arup
  • Bidfood Mackay – Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
  • Fairwater – Geothermal Installation – Alinta Energy Geothermal
  • The Big Freeze Colac – Hoctor
  • Woolworths Energy Management Centre – Bueno and Woolworths
2019 winner: Alinta Energy Geothermal – Fairwater geothermal installation

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EXCELLENCE IN REFRIGERATION

The Award for Excellence in Refrigeration is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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.

2019 nominees:
  • Bidfood Mackay – Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
  • Lion Chullora Distribution Centre – Strathbrook
  • Mainstream Aquaculture Facility – Cold Logic
  • Woolworths Prestons Supermarket – Woolworths Food Group
2019 winners: Scantec Refrigeration Technologies – Bidfood Mackay and Woolworths Food Group – Woolworths Prestons Supermarket

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EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY

The Award for Excellence in Sustainability is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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. 

2019 nominees:
  • 833 Collins Street – Airmaster and Conserve It
  • Bidfood Mackay – Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
  • Tower Four, Collins Square – Ellis Air
  • Gillies Hall student accommodation, Monash University – AECOM
2019 winner: AECOM – Gillies Hall, Monash University

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FUTURE LEADER

Sponsored by A.G. Coombs

The Award for Excellence – Future Leader is open to all AIRAH members who are actively engaged in the HVAC&R industry and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018.

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

This 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, 2018. 

2019 nominees:
  • Abraham Corona, M.AIRAH
  • Chris Stamatis, Affil.AIRAH
  • Jack Wardale, M.AIRAH
  • James Spears, M.AIRAH
  • Melanie Finch, Affil.AIRAH
2019 winners: Jack Wardale, M.AIRAH and James Spears, M.AIRAH

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JAMES HARRISON MEDAL

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

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

2019 winner: Paul Cooper, F.AIRAH, University of Wollongong



PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

The Award for Excellence – Product of the Year is open to all AIRAH members, individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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.  

2019 nominees:
  • Climate Wizard CW3 – Seeley
  • 300 Series – EcoDuct
  • Shepherd Filters – Shepherd Filters
2019 winner: Shepherd Filters – Disposable kitchen grease filters

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STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HIGHER EDUCATION OR RESEARCH

Sponsored by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

The Award for Excellence, Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research is open to all AIRAH members and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 
 
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. 

2019 nominees:
  • Brendan Banfield, Stud.AIRAH – UoW
  • Lachlan Collins, Stud.AIRAH – Ellis Air
  • Matthew Keleher, Stud.AIRAH – CuQ
  • Prachi Garnawat, Stud.AIRAH – RMIT
2019 winner: Brendan Banfield, Stud.AIRAH, University of Wollongong

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STUDENT OF THE YEAR – TRADE

Sponsored by LG

The Award for Excellence, Student of the Year – Trade is open to all AIRAH members and recognises work carried out during 2017/2018. 

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. 

2019 nominees:
  • Mat Patrick, Stud.AIRAH – Cold Logic
  • Michael Peers, Stud.AIRAH – Veolia
  • Toran Chandra Gautam, Stud.AIRAH – Hirotec
2019 winner: Mat Patrick, Stud.AIRAH, Cold Logic

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W.R. AHERN AWARD

This award goes to the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium over the previous year. The four nominees are:

  • “Not so cool roofs”
    By Graham Carter, M.AIRAH
  • “The effects of rooflights on energy performance”
    M Mahmudul Hasan, M.AIRAH, et al
  • “Optimising Environmental Performance using building performance simulation”
    Nicki Parker, M.AIRAH, et al
  • “Heat pumps for many applications”
    Alexander Cohr Pachai, AM.AIRAH, et al
2019 winner: Graham Carter, M.AIRAH – “Not so cool roofs”