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

Owned 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.

Initially 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 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

In 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).