Nominations are open for the 2017 AIRAH Awards.
AIRAH stated in their media release that the AIRAH Awards presentation dinner honours the industry’s high achievers, stand-out projects, and ground breaking research. AIRAH CEO, Tony Gleeson, emphasised the importance and growth of the Awards over the years and the benefit they have provided to the industry.
“The ever-evolving nature of the HVAC&R industry is testament to the passionate, hard-working individuals who continue to innovate and push boundaries.
“Now established as a marquee event on the industry calendar, the AIRAH Awards are an opportunity to give kudos to those who have shaped the industry for the better–the HVAC&R trend setters and go-getters.”
There are 12 different Awards up for grabs this year–the James Harrison Medal, the Future Leader Award, the Student of the Year Award, the Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade Award, the Denis Joseph Award, the Excellence in Sustainability Award, the Excellence in Innovation Award, the Product of the Year Award, the Excellence in HVAC&R Research Award, the Excellence in Refrigeration Award, the W.R Ahern Award, and a new Award, Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.
According to the media release, the James Harrison Medal is the highest honour that AIRAH can bestow upon an individual by recognising the highest level of individual achievement in the HVAC&R industry.
The Future Leader Award recognises emerging leaders in any facet of the HVAC&R industry.
The Student of the Year Award recognises outstanding scholarship at any level in the HVAC&R industry. There will be two winners of this Award–a trade sector winner and a higher education and research winner.
The Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade Award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade of a HVAC&R system which can address the complete delivery of projects.
The Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R recognises Australian initiatives that have improved the performance of systems through the use of solar energy.
The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognises Australian initiatives that have made improvements in sustainability of systems and/or in the HVAC&R industry.
The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises significant Australian improvements in HVAC&R through innovation.
The Product of the Year Award will recognise the best product with innovative, energy efficient, sustainable and original features.
The Excellence in HVAC&R Research Award recognises outstanding achievements in Australian research that have provided additional knowledge of systems.
The Excellence in Refrigeration Award recognises excellence in the retrofit or upgrade to existing refrigeration systems or the development of new systems, or in the industry’s delivery of services.
The W.R. Ahern Award recognises the best technical paper published by an AIRAH member in AIRAH publication, Ecolibrium in 2016.
The new Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises and celebrates organisations that have shown leadership in diversity, and embraced and fostered inclusive levels of representation within their ranks. Gleeson emphasised the importance of this Award and hopes that it encourages and increases diversity and inclusion in industry organisations.
“This new Award recognises and celebrates organisations that have shown leadership in diversity through their efforts, initiatives, policies, programs and practices. We need to encourage inclusive levels of representation within HVAC&R’s ranks–we hope the addition of this new Award will help the industry in working towards that goal.”
Nominations are open until July 14 with the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held on November 2 at Doltone House, Sydney.
More information on the 2017 AIRAH Awards, including where to nominate, where to register, and costs can be found here.
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