July 22, 2019 BY ARBS


ARBS 2020, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, opens nominations on 1 July for ARBS 2020 Industry Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in Australia’s HVAC, refrigeration and building services industries across a range of areas including:

  • ARBS Young Achiever Award 2020
  • ARBS Product Excellence Award 2020
  • ARBS Software/Digital Excellence Award 2020
  • ARBS Project Excellence Award 2020
  • ARBS Outstanding Service & Maintenance Award 2020
  • ARBS Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award 2020
  • ARBS Industry Hall of Fame

Considered as the pinnacle of achievement in the industry, the ARBS Industry Awards attract nominees from across the industry, and are endorsed and supported by the major industry associations of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), the Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA), the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association (AREMA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE ANZ), the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (RACCA) and the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Wholesalers Association (ARWA).

‘The ARBS awards program continues to identify and showcase the skills, products and performance from within the HVAC&R and building services industry, whilst encouraging and congratulating the talent which sustains our industry,’ says Sue Falcke, ARBS Events Organiser.

A panel of industry experts will evaluate the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance and innovation. The ARBS Hall of Fame, a popular category celebrating industry leaders, by recognising their service, contribution and commitment to furthering the industry, are now open for nominations from the general industry.

ARBS Industry Award winners will be honoured at a gala dinner to be held during the ARBS 2020 exhibition, from 19-21 May 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Further details and full category and criteria requirements for entry are available on the ARBS 2020 website,


Nominations Open                                                      1 July 2019

Nominations Close                                                     15 November 2019

ARBS 2020 Awards Gala Presentation Dinner          20 May 2020


Where:                        Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Building

Exhibition dates:       Tuesday 19 May – Thursday 21 May 2020

Cost:                           Exhibition – free of charge, trade visitors only

Seminars – costs to be advised with final programme

Awards Presentation Dinner – costs to be advised

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Product Excellence Award 

Nominations are invited for new technologies or re-application of existing technologies in product manufacture that demonstrate innovation and fitness for purpose for the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and building services sector.  Evidence of commercial success and performance from end users/consumers would be highly regarded.

Can be a fully operational product, component part or mechanical aid.

Product must have been released to the Australian market within the last 5 years and be operational in the industry

Software/Digital Excellence Award

Nominations are invited for innovative software or digital solutions including use of IoT to enhance business operations and customer experience in the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and building services sector.  Evidence of commercial success and performance from end users/consumers would be highly regarded.

Can be a digital device, BCMS, computer software, controls, property technology or service related tool etc.

Product must have been released to the Australian market within the last 5 years and be operational in the industry.

Project Excellence Award

Nominations are invited for standout Australian HVAC or Refrigeration projects that demonstrate innovation and a sustainable approach.  Must be able to show strong environmental credentials, such as energy efficiency, IAQ, noise control, water conservation and carbon emissions while demonstrating commercial viability that improves lifecycle costs and end user benefits.

Project must be commissioned within the last 3 years and can be a new building/project or a retrofitted building/project.

Project can be nominated by any involved company, eg. owner, designer, consultant, installer, contractor or developer.

Outstanding Service and Maintenance Award

Nominations are invited for outstanding service delivery and operation of a maintenance and facility contract within the HVAC&R sector. Evidence of excellence in managing resources, delivering and maintaining service initiatives, implementing innovative systems or processes or improving standards and performance of facilities and equipment is required, with a focus on energy efficiency, safety and sustainable innovation.  Entrants must exhibit a continuing strategic commitment to their customers.

Entrant must hold an ACN and have acquired operation of the contract within the last 3 years. Services must be performed within Australia.

Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award

Recognising an outstanding contribution to training, education and leadership within the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and building services industry.  Entries need to provide details of the course development and design, whether theoretical or practical, and provide evidence of the implementation and long-term effect (eg. productivity improvements, increase in profits etc) of the training.

Open to individuals, institutions or companies – includes undergraduate and postgraduate training, technical, managerial or internal training.

Training must be delivered in Australia.

Young Achiever Award

Nominations are invited from all Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and building services companies, individuals or educational establishments.  Nominees must be able to demonstrate outstanding achievements in the industry with a focus on future leadership, enterprise, drive and commitment.  A record of personal achievements and contributions that are above and beyond the requirements of paid employment will also be taken into consideration.

Nominees must be permanent Australian residents aged 20-35 years.

Must be employed in the HVAC & R industry, post Apprenticeship.

Industry Hall of Fame

Recognising outstanding service, contribution and commitment/stewardship/leadership to the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and building services industry.  Nominated individuals would have a well-documented performance record of working tirelessly to further the industry and its endeavours with demonstrable achievements being of benefit to the industry.

Closed to public nominations