12 May 2012 – The annual Australian heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and building services awards and hall of fame induction ceremony was held after ARBS in Melbourne on 9 May.

The awards, presented by ARBS chairman Ian Hopkins, went to:

Young achiever
Daniel Tan Teng Yeow. Mr Tan Teng Yeow 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. Mr Tan Teng Yeow has written a design guide on the technology and .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 Brett Saunders in 2005. At the time, it battled the stigma of being a small business, with a lack of an established client base. Now the company employs 50 full-time people, and has won several awards, including the BRW Fast 100 Company 2010. Last year it was a finalist in the Telstra Best Medium Business Award category.

ARBS product excellence award: Fantech
Fantech’s impulse fans improve car park ventilation by incorporating brushless direct current technology which improves energy efficiency.

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.  It is carbon neutral, is water balanced, has a platinum core under the LEED rating system, a gas fired absorption chiller and 100 per cent fresh air. The façade includes smart window technology that automatically opens windows on cool nights to enable the night air into the building for cooling.

Refrigeration project excellence – Bitzer Australia, Strathbrook Industries Services
Bitzer Australia, together with Strathbrook Industries Services, have combined to provide F Mayer Imports with an energy efficient refrigerated space solution. It uses a holistic combination of well insulated walls, rapid roller doors to prevent infiltration, low global warming potential refrigerants, efficient compressor technology, waste heat recover for floors, and glycol defrosting evaporators.

Outstanding education training- ACMA
The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association’s Managing for Profit course provides project management training for the air conditioning, engineering and mechanical services industries. Students complete workplace based assignments during the 13-week, off campus program. They also attend two one-week residential workshops. They are supported throughout the program by industry mentors.

Hall of fame

The awards were followed by four were inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame for their contributions to the industry:

Clive Broadbent
Mr Broadbent is recognised for his research work on preventative measures for Legionnaires’ disease hazards, particularly those that may be presented by cooling tower. He has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in helping to understand Legionella. He has authored 12 TAFE models on air conditioning systems, and is chairperson for a number of standards setting committees.

Gerard Whittker
Gerard established the Australian maintenance divisions of Haden Engineering, and was appointed chief executive officer in 1994. He played a major role in setting up the project management team for the Sydney Opera House air conditioning and fire systems contracts. He was chairman of a committee for Standards Australia to develop local standards for Controlled Environment.

Grahame Gibbs
Mr Gibbs was the founding committee member of the Australian Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. He established the Bachelor of Technology (Building Services and Air Conditioning) at the University of Technology, Sydney, and spent many years as a lecturer at UTS.

Kevin O’Shea
Kevin has been in the HVAC & R industry for 45 years. He has been a director of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, and chairman of the Australian Refrigeration Council, He is a member of the advisory committee for national licensing for the industry, Board Member of the Electro Group Training and Chairman of the Electro Skills Centre.