Two Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) members were among the stand-out people, projects and products celebrated at the black-tie AIRAH Awards presentation dinner held at Melbourne’s Central Pier on Thursday, November 15.

Recognised as Australia’s premier annual heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry awards ceremony, the AIRAH Awards (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating) celebrate the industry’s exemplar projects, high achievers and ground-breaking research.

Winners were announced across 11 categories and included flagship projects such as the International Convention Centre in Sydney, the RN Robertson Building at the Australian Nation University in Canberra, and the Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, South Australia.

The AIRAH Awards also recognise high-achieving individuals, from most promising students, who are just starting their careers, to industry doyens, who have contributed tirelessly over many years. It was in this category that two students from UOW’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) received two of the most highly sought-after and prestigious awards in the Building Services Industry. 

Dr Massimo Fiorentini, who is an SBRC Research Fellow, won the AIRAH Future Leader Award’ and Clayton McDowell, who is currently in Dubai as student team leader and project manager of the Desert Rose House Solar Decathlon team and a PhD candidate at the Centre, won the AIRAH Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research Award’.

“The strong upward career trajectories of Massimo and Clayton, like our other Solar Decathlon students, have undoubtedly been significantly enhanced by their training, experience and industry engagement during the Solar Decathlon projects. 

SBRC Director, Professor Paul Cooper, said “the strong upward career trajectories of Massimo and Clayton, like our other Solar Decathlon students, have undoubtedly been significantly enhanced by their training, experience and industry engagement during the Solar Decathlon projects”. 

Winners of the AIRAH Awards 2018 are:

  • Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research: Clayton McDowell, Stud.AIRAH, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong
  • Student of the Year – Trade: Patrick Brennan, Stud.AIRAH, TAFE Queensland Skillstech, Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, and Anthony Consterdine, M.AIRAH, South Metropolitan TAFE, Perth
  • AIRAH Future Leader Award: Massimo Fiorentini, Affil.AIRAH, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong
  • Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade: Norman Disney & Young – RN Robertson Building at the Australian National University
  • Excellence in Innovation: A.G. Coombs and AECOM – International Convention Centre, Sydney
  • Excellence in Refrigeration: Glaciem Cooling – The Bend Motorsport Park
  • WR Ahern Award: Hongsen Zhang, M.AIRAH, and Dr Paul Bannister, F.AIRAH – “A calibrated simulation case study for an office building in Canberra”
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion: Simon Bradwell, M.AIRAH, ebm-papst A&NZ
  • Product of the Year: Trafalgar Fire Containment – Firebox
  • Excellence in Sustainability: A.G. Coombs and AECOM – International Convention Centre, Sydney
  • James Harrison Medal: Alan Obrart, F.AIRAH.

The AIRAH Awards 2018 sponsors are Daikin (event sponsor), Mitsubishi Electric (entertainment sponsor), A.G. Coombs (Future Leader), Standards Australia (Excellence in Innovation), Heatcraft (Excellence in Sustainability) and LG Electronics (Student of the Year – Trade). iHub is a supporter of the AIRAH Awards 2018.

For more information about the AIRAH Awards 2018, go to www.airah.org.au/awards.