Finalists for the 2014 Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) awards have been announced, ahead of the organisation’s seminar series in Melbourne on May 20-22.

The trade exhibition will be hosted at the Melbourne Convention Centre,and will feature keynote speakers across the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and building services industries.

The ABRS awards will run adjacent to the seminar series, with 17 finalists shortlisted across a variety of categories designed to encompass the ABRS industries.

These include the Young Achiever, Outstanding Service and Maintenance Provider, Product Excellence, Refrigeration Project Excellence, HVAC Project Excellence and Outstanding Industry Education/Training awards.

The awards presentation dinner will be hosted by Shane Bourne – the Australian stand-up comedian and award winning actor and television host. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Savoy Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday 21st May.

In addition to the awards presentation, five nominees will be inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame, in recognition of their contribution to our industry.

The ARBS exhibition itself will showcase the latest products, technologies and services all together in the one location. 

Held on May 20-22 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, ARBS announced that the seminar series will include the following:

A panel discussion on the adaptability of buildings for climate change, with panellists including Professor Sue Roaf of Heriott-Watt University in the UK, Karl Mallon of ClimateWorks, Paul Stoller of Atelier Ten and Dave Collins of Synergetics

A Building Information Modelling (BIM) panel discussing the use of BIM from client, contractor, constructor and asset management perspectives

A “super panel” discussing standards, legislation, new refrigerants and other topical issues in refrigeration

Sessions on building tuning and control systems, Green Star – Performance in action, energy performance contracts and more. 





The ARBS 2014 industry award finalists are:

ARBS Young Achiever Award 2014

  • Stuart Bryson ‐  Fantech

  • Vahid Vakiloroaya – Hi Air Australia

  • Brett Saunders – Hiflow Industries Pty Ltd

Outstanding Service and Maintenance Provider 2014

  • Precise Air – Homebush NSW

  • CCS Group – Fyshwick ACT

ARBS Product Excellence Award 2014

  • Data Centre Unit – Air Change Australia

  • OPA 296RKTFH‐ P Inverter – Temperzone Australia

  • Hercules Packaged Air Conditioning Unit – ActronAir

HVAC Project Excellence Award 2014

  • Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane – Aurecon Australia

  • 215 Adelaide Street, Brisbane – Norman Disney Young, Pramerica Real Estate Investors & Jones Lang LaSalle

  • 67 Greenhill Road, Adelaide ‐ Seeley International & System Solutions Engineering

Refrigeration Project Excellence Award 2014

  • F. Mayer (Stage 2) – Strathbrook Industrial Services & Danfoss Australia

  • Coles Supermarket, Hallam – Coles

  • Parilla Thermal Storage Project ‐  Alltech Refrigeration Services Australia

Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award 2014

  • Certificate IV in Drafting (Air Conditioning & Mechanical Services) ‐  AMCA

  • Web Based Training (Technicians) – Daikin Australia

  • Refrigeration Fundamentals Course ‐  Heatcraft