Airah Awards logo 2012A biomimicry expert, a mentor to young colleagues, an innovative split-ducted air conditioner, a new approach to healthcare engineering, a micro urban power station, and a building that jumped an astonishing five NABERS stars after refurbishment were among the winners announced at the AIRAH Awards Presentation Dinner in Brisbane.

Matthew Webb, M.AIRAH, won the Student of the Year Award; Alex Baidjurak, Affil.AIRAH, was named the AIRAH Future Leader Award winner; the ActronAir ESP Platinum won the gong for Excellence in Sustainability; and WSP earned the Excellence in Innovation Award for its work on the Echuca Regional Health redevelopment.

The Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R was claimed by NEP Solar for its work on the micro urban power station at the new UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Building; NDY won the Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade Award for its project that brought 247 Adelaide St, Brisbane up to speed; and CSIRO won the Excellence in HVAC and Refrigeration Research Award for its work on the Residential Building Energy Efficiency Study.

Sean Badenhorst, M.AIRAH, picked up the prestigious WR Ahern award for the best technical paper by an AIRAH member published in Ecolibrium.

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, congratulated the eight winners.

“I’d like to congratulate our fantastic 2014 AIRAH Award winners, who are all – whether a project, person or product – continuing a great tradition stretching back to AIRAH’s origins almost a century ago, and that is of striving towards technical excellence,” Wilkinson said. “Well done one and all.

“Recognising these achievements falls into AIRAH’s remit of promoting and leading the HVAC&R industry towards best practice, which is something I’m proud to be part of.”

Award sponsors were Heatcraft (Student of the Year); A.G. Coombs (Future Leader); Air Change (Excellence in Sustainability); and NABERS (Best HVAC and Refrigeration Retrofit or Upgrade).

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