Winners of the ARBS 2012 Industry Awards have been announced at a gala industry dinner in Melbourne.
More than 400 people attended the dinner at the Grand Hyatt – a highlight of the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services Trade Exhibition.
Representatives of Australian heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and building services industries gathered to celebrate the achievements of the industry and congratulate the winners.
Also, eight nominees were inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame in recognition for their significant contributions to the industry.
MC Shane Jacobson (Top Gear Australia, Kenny) hosted proceedings. Mr Ian Hopkins, Chairman of the ARBS Board presented the awards with industry luminaries.
Award winners included:
Young Achiever – Daniel Tan Teng Yeow
Daniel joined Fantech after graduating from university in 2006. His first major project was to assess the potential of impulse technology using JetVent products for the Australian market. This involved extensive research, and Daniel has since written a design guide that details how impulse technology works. He has presented his findings to the Standards Committee for AS1668.2 with the intention of updating a supplementary guide for the Standard.
Outstanding Service and Maintenance Provider – Hi Flow Industries
Hi Flow Industries was founded by 24 year-old Brett Saunders in 2005 and today employs 50 full-time people. It has won several prestigious awards, including the BRW Fast 100 Company 2010, and was a finalist in the Telstra Best Medium Business Award category in 2011.
ARBS Product Excellence Award – Fantech
Fantech’s impuse technology has revolutionised car park ventilation in Australia. Its fans incorporate brushless DC technology in the EC motor, combined with an integrated speed controller, along with a highly advanced backward curved centrifugal impeller that results in the most powerful impulse car park fan available when operating within a 65dB range. The result is improved energy efficiency and demand controllable car park ventilation.
ARBS Project Excellence Award – James L Williams, Pixel Building
James L Williams was responsible for the supply and installation of mechanical services for the Pixel building on the old Carlton Brewery site. It has been awarded the highest ever Green Star rating in Australia, with 100 per cent GreenStar score from the Green Building Council, plus five innovation points.
Refrigeration Project Excellence
Bitzer Australia and Strathbrook Industries Services combined to provide F. Mayer Imports with a world-class energy efficient refrigerated space solution. It uses a holistic combination of well insulated walls, rapid roller doors to prevent infiltration, low GWP refrigerants, efficient compressor technology, waste heat recover for floors, and glycol defrosting evaporators. The result is a highly efficient, long-term commercial solution.
Outstanding Education Training – ACMA
Established in 1997, the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association’s Managing for Profit course provides in-depth training in project management for the air conditioning, engineering and mechanical services industries.
Hall of Fame Inductees included:
- Clive Broadbent
- Gerard Whittaker
- Grahame Gibbs
- Kevin O’Shea
- Bill Robertson
- Bernie Bugdalski
- William Roy Ahern
- Murray Mason
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