Finalists for the ARBS 2020 industry awards were formally announced yesterday with winners to be revealed at a gala dinner at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

This year marks a decade for the ARBS Awards which first began in 2010.

ARBS exhibition manager, Sue Falcke, said the awards recognise the extraordinary talent within Australia’s HVACR and building services industry.

She said the awards honour and reward the local talent which sustains Australia’s HVACR and building services industry, fostering an environment where innovation and initiative can thrive.

“The industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of a changing landscape which is reflected in the superb line-up of individuals and organisations that make up this year’s finalists,” Falcke said.

‘Not only do the ARBS Industry Awards culminate in a fantastic celebration, the award recipients will join a small but influential group of industry high-achievers with their accomplishments in their respective fields publicly acknowledged.

“We are proud to be applauding their hard work and commitment via the ARBS Industry Awards.”

A panel of industry experts evaluated the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability and performance to select the finalists. Following are the finalists in all five categories.

Finalists for the ARBS Young Achiever Award are:

Chris Stamatis, who started CopperTree Analytics in 2015 with a vision to make Building Analytics the industry standard for facility management, maintenance and tuning;

Grace Foo who helped establish DeltaQ Pty Ltd, a new energy efficiency consultancy based in Sydney and Canberra. She has also emerged as a voice for the building services industry speaking at seminars across the country to promote NCC Section J – 2019;

Abraham Corona of TechIN has 12 years experience as a mechanical engineer and is chair of AIRAH’s Special Technical Group – Infection Control and Operating Theatre Practices.

Finalists for the ARBS Product Excellence Award are:

Temperzone Australia for its OPA2100 Eco ULTRA product. This 140-200kw Air Conditioning rooftop package (OPA_2100_EcoULTRA) is specifically designed to target dew point temperature utilising EC technology for energy conscious clientele;

Shepherd Filters for its Shepherd Filters solution. This solution is revolutionary within the Kitchen Exhaust & Ventilation market by making it smarter, cleaner, safer and more environmentally friendly;

Actrol for its DC-3 Smart Refrigeration System. This refrigeration system has redefined the industry as a plug and play remote system for commercial walk in and reach in cold rooms providing more than 25% energy savings.

The finalists for the ARBS Software/Digital Excellence Award are:

CopperTree Analytics for developing Kaizen, a powerful data analytics and ongoing commissioning tool that works in conjunction with building automation and metering systems;

Kirby for developing the Smart Access Cylinder Management & Gas2Go App which is the first cylinder management app of its kind to include leak test alerts, which notify users when their refrigerant cylinders are due for leak testing;

Bueno for its Bueno Platform which enables improved operations, maintenance and sustainability outcomes for buildings.

The finalists for the ARBS Project Excellence Award are:

The NewTon Plant Installation undertaken by Tri Tech Refrigeration Australia & Mayekawa. This project is the first installation of Japanese OEM Mayekawa's ammonia/CO2 NewTon system in the southern hemisphere;

The Woolworths Energy Management Centre undertaken by Bueno & Woolworths. This project demonstrates the successful application of the latest in data and analytics technology - at considerable scale with commercially viable returns on investment;

177 Pacific Hwy project undertaken by Fredon is a standout as it exhibits conventional mechanical solutions being altered and customised to increase energy savings. A low temperature VAV system and two AHUs were used to control the whole 31-storey commercial building.

The finalists for the ARBS Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award are:

The C02 Systems Training Course designed and delivered by Kirby & SCM Frigo. Over the timeframe of 16 months, Kirby and SCM Frigo have successfully delivered over 158 hours of training hours and trained 230 industry technicians;

Professional Diploma of Building Services, HVAC&R by AIRAH. This accredited Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R is the industry's definitive postgraduate mechanical engineering training course;

HVAC Centre of Excellence by AMCA. The HVAC Centre of Excellence is the only applied learning facility with a simulated 'live' system for balancing and commissioning. It is an outstanding collaboration between industry and Holmesglen TAFE.

Actor and funny-man Shane Jacobsen will host the gala awards evening.  To attend the ARBS Industry Awards, book online now at





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