Dux Hot Water  has been awarded an Australian International Design Mark for its advanced Airoheat Subzero heat pump – efficient and environmentally friendly heat pump water heaters.

Announced at the 2008 Australian International Design Awards in May, Dux Hot Water now joins the stable of GWA’s other innovative household brands including Caroma Smartflush toilets, Sebel sunlounge and Dorf Water Efficient Tapware, which have all previously been awarded a Design Mark.

The Australian International Design Mark is a symbol and recognition of innovative industrial design. Marking its 50th year, “The Australian International Design Awards went global for the first time this year,” said Stephanie Watson, Manager, Australian International Design Awards.

“For the first time, both Australian and internationally designed products were eligible to enter signifying the high quality of the Australian design.”

Stephanie Watson, states the Australian International Design Awards is Australia’s well-known product design awards programme.

“We have a proud history of thorough testing and assessment by Australian and international design experts. The judges spend a week scrutinising all entries against rigorous criteria including innovation, visual/emotional appeal, functionality, quality and manufacture, ergonomics and safety, environmental sustainability and presentation,” she said.

According to industry sources the cost to the community, to heat domestic hot water accounts for approximately 30% of all domestic energy consumed.

The Dux Airoheat heat pump can reduce this electrical energy consumption by up to 70%, representing a considerable environmental and sustainable impact on carbon emissions.

Pat Pussell, Strategic Development Manager for Dux Hot Water and the designer of the Airoheat heat pump, commented, “Dux creates the most efficient water heaters on the market and we are working towards making coal fired power stations obsolete.”

“It is clear the judging panel at the Australian International Design Awards recognises the important environmental contribution made by the Airoheat system,” said Pat Pussell.

Due to its high operational efficiency levels achieved, the Airoheat heat pump attracts several State Government and Federal Government rebates making the total installed cost of the environmentally friendly heat pump water heater attractive to Australian households.

Howard Lloyd, Marketing Manager Product at Dux Hot Water, said, “We are delighted that the Airoheat has been recognised amongst so many high quality international designs across such varied product categories. Its exceptional quality, value and reliability are now recognised by the international design community.”

The Australian International Design Awards is a division of Standards Australia and is Australia’s ideal national product design awards programme operating in the national interest. It was established in 1958 by the Industrial Design Council of Australia.