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Finalists named for 2019 AIRAH Awards

After considerable deliberation from the judging panel, the finalists of the AIRAH Awards 2019 have been selected.

The high standard of nominations presented the judges with the difficult task of selecting the best of the best – the finalists – for the AIRAH Awards 2019.

“The projects and individuals selected as finalists for the AIRAH Awards in 2019 continued the very high standard associated with HVAC&R’s most prestigious awards,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “They’ve set a high bar for excellence, leadership, and performance in our industry.”

Winners of the AIRAH Awards 2019 will be announced at a presentation dinner held at Doltone House in Sydney on Thursday, November 14.


Future Leader

  • Abraham Corona, M.AIRAH, from TechIN (Vic)
  • Chris Stamatis, Affil.AIRAH, from CopperTree Analytics (ACT)
  • Jack Wardale, M.AIRAH
  • James Spears, M.AIRAH, from DeltaQ (ACT)
  • Melanie Finch, Affil.AIRAH, from NDY (NSW).

Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research

  • Brendan Banfield, Stud.AIRAH, the University of Wollongong
  • Lachlan Collins, Stud.AIRAH, Ellis Air
  • Matthew Keleher, Stud.AIRAH, Central Queensland University
  • Prachi Garnawat, Stud.AIRAH, RMIT University.

Student of the Year – Trade

  • Mat Patrick, Stud.AIRAH, Cold Logic (SA)
  • Michael Peers, Stud.AIRAH, Veolia (NSW)
  • Toran Gautam, Stud.AIRAH, Hirotec (WA).

Excellence in Innovation

  • Arup, Barrack Place (NSW)
  • Scantec Refrigeration Technologies, Bidfood Mackay (Qld)
  • Alinta Energy Geothermal, Fairwater Geothermal Installation (NSW)
  • Hoctor, the Big Freeze, Colac (Vic)
  • Bueno, Woolworths stores nationally.

Product of the Year

  • Seeley, Climate Wizard CW3
  • Ecoduct, Ecoduct 300 series
  • Shepherd Filters, Shepherd Filters.

Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade

  • DMA Engineers, Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane
  • COVA, Repatriation Hospital Hobart
  • Cundall, Terminal 1 (Pier B South and Pier C), Sydney Airport.

Excellence in Sustainability

  • Airmaster, 833 Collins St (Melbourne)
  • Scantec Refrigeration Technologies, Bidfood Mackay (Qld)
  • Ellis Air, Tower 4 Collins Square (Vic)
  • AECOM, Monash University’s Gillies Hall student accommodation (Vic).

Excellence in Refrigeration

  • Scantec Refrigeration Technologies, Bidfood Mackay (Qld)
  • Strathbrook, Lion Chullora Distribution Centre (NSW)
  • Cold Logic, Mainstream Aquaculture Facility (SA)
  • Woolworths, Prestons store (NSW).

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

  • A-Gas
  • Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
  • Cundall.

WR Ahern Award

  • “Not so cool roofs”
    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

Excellence in HVAC&R Research

  • Cool Earth, The Vive, Craigie – Landcorp
  • Desert Rose Solar Decathlon House –Solar Decathlon Team, University of Wollongong

The AIRAH Awards 2019 sponsors are Daikin (2019 Award Night event sponsor); Standards Australia (Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion); Mitsubishi Electric (Excellence in Innovation); A.G. Coombs (Future Leader); Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Australia (Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research); and LG (Student of the Year – Trade).

For detailed information about all of the finalists and the AIRAH Awards, click here.

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