• ARBS Awards.
    ARBS Awards.

Finalists have been announced for the ARBS 2024 Industry Awards, celebrating remarkable achievements and innovations in the HVACR and building services industry.

These awards highlight the individuals and organisations that have set new benchmarks for excellence, sustainability, and innovation. Here are the categories:

ARBS Outstanding Industry Education/Training Finalists 

  • Beijer Ref Academy: CO2 Safety and Systems Training 
    The initiative offers hands-on, interactive training in CO2 technology and safety practices. 
  • Box Hill Institute: Pacific Island Training 
    HVAC&R training through collaborative efforts, equipping Pacific Island trainers with advanced skills and sustainable practices. 
  • Holmesglen Institute: HVAC Centre of Excellence 
    Pioneering HVAC&R education with its state-of-the-art simulated learning environment. 
  • Superior Training Centre: National RAC Assessment Project 
    Unifying HVAC&R training across Australia with standardised assessment instruments. 

ARBS Product Excellence - HVAC Finalists 

  • CoolAutomation: Predictive Maintenance Application Suite 
    Transforming HVAC system management with remote, smart diagnostics, and predictive maintenance capabilities, enhancing system longevity and promoting energy conservation. 
  • Graphene Manufacturing Group: THERMAL-XR® An innovative approach to enhancing the thermal conductivity of both new and corroded heat exchange surfaces. 
  • Plasma Shield: Sustainable HVAC, Premium IAQ 
    PlasmaShield™ offers a performance-based ventilation design approach, achieving substantial cost and emissions reductions, maintaining air quality across various settings. 
  • Wilo Australia: Wilo-Stratos Maxo 
    The world's first smart pump, advancing heating, cooling, and water applications with energy-saving features and intuitive operation, enhancing system efficiency and sustainability. 

ARBS Product Excellence - Refrigeration Finalists 

  • A-Gas Australia: Refrigerant Recovery 
    Aiding in the prevention of environmental damage with high-speed technology, ensuring efficient and cost-effective refrigerant recovery. 
  • Fluke Australia: Fluke ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager 
    A solution combining leak and vibration detection with acoustic imaging technology, enhancing maintenance efficiency, and promoting proactive maintenance strategies. 
  • Hussmann Oceania: P Series Refrigerator 
    Represents the synergy of advanced technology and eco-friendly design, adhering to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. 
  • REFCO Manufacturing: TRITECTOR 
    A 3-in-1 handheld device for efficient leak detection across refrigerants, combustible gases, and tracer gases, streamlining the technician's toolkit. 

ARBS Project Excellence Finalists 

  • A.G. Coombs: Allianz Stadium, Mechanical and HVAC Services
  • LCI and A.G. Coombs, in collaboration with Cox and John Holland Group, delivered the sustainable Allianz Stadium, opened in 2022, featuring energy-efficient HVAC systems and saving significant energy annually. 
  • Benmax: Canberra Grammar School Music Centre and Auditorium 
    Using geothermal technology with a modular polyvalent GSHP system, achieving significant energy usage reduction and eliminating fossil gas emissions. 
  • NDY: Murdoch University Boola Katijin 
    Merging sustainable architecture with cutting-edge mechanical services to significantly cut energy consumption. 
  • University of Wollongong: Building Insights Facility 
    Integrating comprehensive testing capabilities for HVAC systems, addressing critical national priorities in health, productivity, and sustainability. 

ARBS Software/Digital Excellence 

  • Exergenics: Cloud-Based Chiller Plant Optimisation Software 
    A cloud-based, machine-learning solution for optimising chilled water plants, surpassing traditional methods and facilitating broader adoption of sustainable practices. 
  • Fujitsu General Australia: AnywAiR iO Building Management System (BMS) 
    A significant advancement integrating cutting-edge Wi-Fi and IoT technologies for commercial building management, offering a scalable, cost-effective solution. 
  • Sensibo: Integrates ChatGPT into Smart HVAC 
    Enhancing user experience by providing tailored recommendations and automated schedules, optimising energy use and advancing towards sustainable future solutions. 
  • Siemens: Building X 
    A smart platform centralising building operations data on a singular cloud-based interface, enhancing operational performance and sustainability. 

ARBS Young Achiever 

  • Mark Elliott: Devlin Engineering & Management
  • Mark has rapidly progressed from a recent university graduate with minimal experience to a respected HVAC&R designer and a leader admired for his expertise. 
  • Matt Bond, Grosvenor Engineering 
    From service technician to National Service Delivery Manager, Matt's leadership and innovation in asset management and sustainability are shaping the industry's future. 
  • Mitchell Stevens, Superior Air Conditioning 
    Demonstrating a holistic vision for the industry, Mitchell is recognised for his technical proficiency, mentorship, and commitment to sustainability and regulatory compliance. 
  • Travis Schick, NRG Services 
    Celebrated for his technical excellence and leadership, Travis has made his mark in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry through technical excellence and leadership. 

The ARBS 2024 Industry Awards will culminate in a gala dinner to be held in the ICC Ballroom on the evening of 29 May 2024.

Tickets for this prestigious event are currently available for purchase. Those interested should confirm their attendance by 29 April 2024, at www.arbs.com.au/awards.