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HVAC Centre of Excellence wins international award

Published: 12 February 2020

Holmesglen Institute’s HVAC Centre of Excellence has received an internationally recognised award for excellence in the field of Learning and Development by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers’ (CIBSE).

Held at Gala on February 11 and attended by over 700 guests at Grosvenor House in London, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. 

Selected from a field of international finalists, the category of Learning and Development was awarded to the applicant that best demonstrates how its learning and development initiative has improved the understanding of building performance.

A joint initiative between the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, the HVAC Centre of Excellence is unique in its ability to provide a simulated training environment that replicates the real-world challenges found in building systems. 

In thanking CIBSE for the opportunity to be part of the Building Performance Awards, AMCA Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi, said “the award was most gratifying coming from such a prestigious and internationally respected organisation such as the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers”.

"We're very proud of the facility itself, but we're most excited by the impact it will have on students—whatever the stage of their career.

“Through exposure to a simulated ‘live’ system, students will be able to acquire skills quickly that could otherwise take years”. I think the CIBSE award is a testament to that".

Designed and built by industry, the centre has been fitted out with contributions from manufacturers and suppliers to ensure it contains the latest technologies in areas such as energy efficiency, BIM software, balancing and commissioning.  

In awarding the Learning and Development award to the AMCA and Holmesglen Institute, the judges recognised the broad focus of the award on industry upskilling and disseminating good practice but were ultimately swayed by “the commitment to commissioning through collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholders”.