Congratulations to all the 2016 ARBS Industry Awards winners.

Young Achiever 2016

Leon Wurfel – BUENO

ARBS_2016_Gala(LR)-126_Leon-webLeon co-founded Australia’s first property operations big data business BUENO (Built Environment Optimisation Pty Ltd), and serves as Managing Director of the company.  In creating BUENO, Leon’s goal is to disrupt the standard service and maintenance models for Building Automation Systems and Mechanical Systems through implementing a data and analytics driven prioritisation of maintenance activities, as well as semi-automated diagnostics of service call issues.

Project Excellence Award 2016

Westpac St. George HQ Refurbishment – Norman Disney Young & Westpac Corporation

Westpac-Kogarah-Atrium-webOwned by Charter Hall and originally constructed in the late 1980s, this building in Kogarah is home to the St. George headquarters. Comprising of 31,000 square meters across five levels, the building was operating at a NABERS Office Base Building Energy Rating of 0 Stars and the brief was to elevate the rating to 4.5 Stars.

The brief to Norman Disney & Young (NDY) and the design team was clear: elevate the building’s credentials to a NABERS 4.5 Star Energy Rating and create a workplace that reflected the leading sustainability and modern workplace credentials of one of Australia’s largest banks.

Westpac_webInitially appointed in 2013 to provide a Master Plan Report for all services, NDY were subsequently appointed for the upgrade of the base building services. NDY were also appointed for all services related to the 26,000 square meters internal fitout. NDY’s expertise in energy modelling identified options to improve the base building’s NABERS rating from 0 Stars to 4.5 Stars.

Product Excellence Award 2016

Braemar 7 Star equivalent ducted gas heater – Seeley International

Seeley_webSeeley International is Australia’s largest heating and cooling manufacturer. Launched in March 2015, the Braemar 7 Star equivalent* ducted gas heater has the highest star rating and is the most efficient conventional ducted gas heater in the world!

The 7 star heater has shifted the paradigm of the star rating system in Australia, as the current rating system only offers a maximum of 6 stars, encouraging the Australian Gas Association (AGA) to reconsider the rating system. It represents a major breakthrough for the industry, significantly reducing energy usage and the impact on the environment. The key features include a cost saving of $577 per year and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 1.99 tonnes per year compared to a 3 star ducted gas heating model.

Outstanding Education & Training Award 2016

Diploma of Engineering Technology in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning – Sydney TAFE

ARBS_2016_Gala(LR)-97-tafe_webIn 2015 Sydney TAFE launched a nationally recognised high‐level HVAC & R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) qualification that can be undertaken by anyone, anywhere, anytime in Australia. The Diploma of Engineering Technology in Refrigeration and Air‐conditioning (UEE51111) is for air‐conditioning and refrigeration engineering technicians. They will learn how to develop systems, select equipment, and commission, maintain and diagnose faults/malfunctions of refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to commercial food storage and preservation and air‐conditioning and air distribution equipment and special applications.

We are the only TAFE that delivers this qualification 100% online with a range of students from all over Australia. The instructional design embedded in the Learning Management System (LMS) uses innovative ways to deliver the program, including Adobe Connect virtual classroom and video recording practical assessment tasks via ECO360 active learning platform and YouTube.

Currently Sydney TAFE is the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which delivers this program along the East Coast of Australia. Sydney TAFE is listed as an approved trainer for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of the qualifications for Refrigeration, Air‐Conditioning and Mechanical Services including Unlimited Design for the Queensland Building & Construction

Commission (QBCC).

Arbs News & Updates


24 May 16 ARBS 2016, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, last night announced the ARBS Industry Awards winners for 2016 at a gala dinner hosted by actor and funny-man Shane Jacobson, held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The awards, now firmly entrenched as the pinnacle of achievement in the HVAC&R and building services industry attracted nominees from across all sectors. A panel of industry experts evaluated the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance and innovation. The award winners are: The ARBS Young Achiever Award 2016: Leon Wurfel, BUENO The ARBS Product/Service Excellence Award 2016: Braemar 7 Star equivalent ducted gas heater – Seeley International The ARBS Project Excellence Award 2016: Westpac St. George HQ Refurbishment – Norman Disney Young & Westpac Corporation The Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award 2016: Diploma of Engineering Technology in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning – TAFE NSW Sydney Institute (Sydney TAFE) The ARBS Hall of Fame 2016 (all nominations receive the award): Neil Marshall – nominated by AMCA Garry Mundy – nominated by AREMA Dr Stephen White – nominated by AIRAH


24 May 16 ARBS 2016, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, has broken all previous records for attendance and recorded a new high of 323 exhibitors, up from 274 in 2014. Visits were up on the 2014 show with Tuesday 17 May seeing 3020 visits, Wednesday 18 May seeing 3677 visits and Thursday 2143 visits. A total overall increase of 13.6 percent from 2014. Running alongside the exhibition was the highly anticipated seminar program which saw a range of highly anticipated panels and guest speakers deliver information relevant to the industry. Attendance at the seminars was impressive with some at full capacity. The ARBS 2016 Industry Awards, which honoured those who are achieving greatness in our industry, was held at the Crown Palladium on Wednesday 18 May. The evening was hosted by Australian actor Shane Jacobson and was very well received seeing a high demand for tickets to this gala event. ‘The 2016 exhibition has once again raised the performance bar and we look forward to returning to Sydney in 2018 for our first exhibition in the newly redeveloped centre. We are confident 2018 will build on the very solid foundations from this 2016 and previous exhibitions’, says ARBS Chairman Ian Hopkins.