Congratulations to all the 2012 ARBS Industry Awards winners

Young Achiever 2012

Daniel Tan Teng Yeow – Fantech

With only six year’s experience in the HVAC industry Daniel Tan has learnt fast and has earned himself a reputation as a ‘technical guru’ and ‘problem solver’ amongst his peers. 

His greatest contribution has been the introduction of impulse ventilation and JetVent fans to Australia-  an energy efficient alternative to traditional ducted systems for car parks.

Daniel craves knowledge and explores the intricacies of technologies, how they work, where they are used and importantly, how they can be improved.  He designed the JetVent EC Series fans and is currently developing an attenuator range which will exceed all other products currently on the market.

Daniel continually strives to improve and educate the industry through the Fantech Engineers training program where he was integral to its development.

HVAC Project Excellence 2012

Pixel Building, Melbourne – James L Williams Pty Ltd

241-HVAC-Project_webJames L. Williams conducted the mechanical installation at Grocon’s Pixel building which has just been awarded the world’s highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the US Green Building Council.  Pixel achieved 105 points out of a possible 110 and has now surpassed all 44,000 buildings in 120 countries that have used the LEED rating system. 

The building which is carbon neutral contains an impressive array of sustainable design components and Australia first technologies including a natural gas-fired absorption heat pump chiller that heats and cools, wind turbines, fixed and tracking solar panels and in-slab cooling. 

Pixel has been an invaluable experience for all involved including James L Williams, Grocon, Umow Lai and Studio 505 and proved to be a wonderful discovery of the potential in striving for environmental excellence.

Outstanding Service & Maintenance Provider 2012

Hiflow Industries

051-Service-Maintenance_webHiflow Industries is a commercial air conditioning and mechanical services company that specialise in programmed maintenance, repairs and installations to all HVAC&R equipment.  They have offices in both Brisbane and Sydney and are a high end service provider for high rise buildings, shopping centres and other commercial facilities.

Hiflow have been expanding and securing major clients as a result of their innovative business approach and online asset management system, which allows clients to view all of the job information and service reports online. 

As a result of the continued success of Hiflow Industries they were listed in the BRW Fast 100 companies, listed in the Smart 50 Company Awards and a finalist in the 2011 Telstra Business Awards.

Refrigeration Project Excellence 2012

F. Mayer Imports – Bitzer Australia & Strathbrook Industrial Services

054-Refrig-Project_webBitzer Australia together with Strathbrook Industrial Services have combined to provide F. Mayer Imports with a world class energy efficient refrigerated space solution using heat recovery and incorporating a glycol thermal bank. 

The installation of an energy efficient cold storage and distribution centre incorporates high efficiency compressors and waste heat recovery used for floor heating and evaporator defrosting, that realises a reduction of 329,000 kWh with only 3.3% of the traditional power requirement used.

The holistic combination of well insulated walls, rapid roller doors, low GWP refrigerants, efficient compressor technology and waste heat recovery results in a highly efficient, long term commercial solution.   

Product Excellence 2012

JetVent Digital EC – Fantech

237-Product-exc_webFantech’s impulse technology has revolutionised car park ventilation in Australia. The company has now taken this technology a step further and developed the JetVent EC, a simple and cost effective solution to traditional car park ventilation.  

The JetVent Digital EC Series features brushless DC technology in the EC motor, combined with an integrated speed controller. JetVent EC fans also incorporate a highly advanced, backward curved centrifugal impeller that is quiet and results in the most powerful impulse car park fan available when operating within a 65dB range.

The EC JetVent impulse fan is highly efficient and when combined with integrated speed control can reduce noise and lead to significant power savings.

Outstanding Industry Education/Training 2012

Managing for Profit – AMCA (Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association)

052-Education-Training_webFrom its humble beginnings in 1997, 217 graduates of the course over the past 11 years are NOW working all over Australia and New Zealand.  Places on the course are highly valued by the biggest and best companies in the country where Graduates occupy senior and responsible positions.

 Upon completion of an interview, one student is awarded a scholarship opportunity to undertake further study in the United States through the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and the Advanced Institute for Project Management.

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.