We congratulate the 2018 ARBS AWARDS winners for their commitment to the HVAC&R and building services industry



Jason’s commitment and drive has seen him complete his studies whilst at the same time progressing his career at a rapid pace.

First employed by Honeywell, as a 17-year-old in 2007, Jason served and completed his apprenticeship by January 2012, his efforts saw him secure the position of Project Technician, were he undertook the final commissioning of Darling Quarter.

Jason was then promoted to Project Engineer/Manager, responsible for the McKell Building $1m BMS Upgrade and for 8 Chifley Square $1.4m BMS Installation.

In 2013, Jason accepted the role of Project Delivery Manager at Airmaster, where he continued to lead the delivery of major projects including a major BMS upgrade at Chatswood Chase and plant optimisation upgrades at various Westfield sites.

Jason was promoted to State Manager for the NSW Branch in 2016, overseeing the entire operations for the State.

In 2017, Jason completed his Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechatronics Engineering, His final year saw Jason undertake his thesis on “Design A ‘SMART’ Control strategy algorithm, which was designed to minimise and manage peak electrical loads in occupied buildings to ultimately reduce energy tariffs and maximise energy efficiencies.

Jason is a current member of both AIRAH and FMA.



An Australian patented design is showing the way forward towards environmentally sustainable storage freezer systems.

Sydney based Strathbrook industrial services have recently completed the installation of the first full scale refrigerated cold storage facility using their newly patented system which uses Carbon dioxide as the refrigerant in both the cool rooms and freezer rooms.

The carbon dioxide or CO2 replaces the conventional chemical refrigerants which are both expensive to purchase and strong global warming agents.

While this new facility is not the first to employ CO2 as a working fluid the new design improves the energy efficiency to a point where it actually outperforms the harmful chemical refrigerants in the variable Melbourne climate.

The new design features a dedicated secondary cooling system which turns on during warm weather events when conventional CO2 systems would normally have poor energy efficiency.  This secondary system greatly increases the energy efficiency in hot weather and then turns off during the rest of the year.  Initial trials have delivered better than expected performance and plans are in place to roll out more sites in the future.



The Low Dewpoint Dehumidifier dehumidifies air to low dew points, utilising a combination of our patented heat exchange technology and sophisticated evaporator pressure controls to achieve supply air conditions that would normally require the use of desiccants. Advantages of this system include: no chemicals or desiccants required, which reduces maintenance costs; higher efficiency and superior humidity control over standard systems; a compact footprint and packaged design; internationally patented technology, and; its compatibility with chilled water or external DX condensers. Applications include supermarkets, cool rooms or cold storage, process applications, and much more.



HydroChem’s Clarity applies a big data approach to minimise the risk of Legionnaires’ disease, increase the lifespan of assets and reduce the water consumption associated with HVAC & R equipment (including cooling towers, boilers and closed loops) throughout Australia.

Clarity is unique in collating data from a broad range of sources rather than relying on an individual data feed from “internet connected” equipment. Clarity collects and analyses water chemistry data, independent NATA laboratory results, asset longevity parameters, water consumption parameters and service schedules. Clarity then provides a visual analysis of the risks in four categories:
Environmental health – including risk of Legionnaires’ disease
Asset health – including corrosion and scaling
Water consumption – in comparison to Green Building Council of Australia KPIs
Compliance – assessment of compliance to Regulatory requirements

The benefits of the system to building owners, facility managers and mechanical contractors include:
A “building health” rating providing quick assessment of a large portfolio with the ability to drill-down to specific issues.
Trending of data across all categories providing forecasting intelligence for avoidance of future issues
Disaster management – full download of all data for provision to Regulatory authorities where a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has occurred in the local area.



A.G. Coombs have a clear ongoing commitment to its customers. One of Australia’s leading and longest operating building services maintainers; A.G. Coombs continue to develop and implement initiatives to drive improvement in customer service including; a unique contract management structure that is fundamental in delivering customer value and service standards, multi-services capability providing improved performance and economies to customers and continuous development of high quality trade and professional personnel.

Initiatives also include a National Customer Service Centre with a focus on personal service as the starting point, leading edge IT systems that measurably improve responsiveness, efficiency and reporting and innovative building tuning and maintenance that significantly improve HVAC performance and energy efficiency. Advanced Asset Maintenance and Management techniques that measurably reduce costs while increasing system reliability and lifecycles; and best practice safety systems that deliver safe workplaces and buildings have also been implemented. A.G. Coombs continue to be strongly engaged in the HVAC industry through involvement and leadership in the development of key industry training initiatives and important industry guidelines to help better the industry’s capability to serve its customers.

Attested to by longstanding customers and regular independent customer surveys A.G Coombs are a clear leader in the provision of HVAC maintenance with demonstrated excellence in customer service.



With the traditional HFCs being phased out, retailers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Technology and components for CO2 are readily available today, but to harvest the full potential of CO2 refrigeration systems, there is a need to raise the level of know-how among system builders,  refrigeration contractors, service technicians, installers and the technical  departments of food retailers. To meet this need, Danfoss Food Retail Segment decided to build a new, mobile CO2 training unit.

The training unit is a 20” container fitted with equipment and components for CO2 solutions accompanied by interactive training panels. It is a real live refrigeration system. The training unit is staffed by regional CO2 champions  that have been trained especially for this purpose, to have in-depth knowledge of the properties of the natural refrigerant and the opportunities and challenges surrounding the use of CO2.

We held 32 training sessions and trained a total of 411 people in Sydney,  Melbourne and Auckland and exceeded the benchmark on engagement rates across our Social Media channels; LinkedIn 63,534 impressions, 2.1% engagement; Twitter 14,500 impressions, 2.3% engagement; and Instagram 8,084 impressions, 8.5% engagement.