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The real winner is the future of building services


The building services industry gathered at the Melbourne Museum on Thursday evening where, for one night only, Phar Lap wasn’t the main attraction.

Nine students and young engineer finalists were flown in from around Australia and New Zealand for the much anticipated winning announcement for each of the three categories of the 2019 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards.

Sian Willmott, CIBSE ANZ’s Young Engineers Network Chair announced that “this year CIBSE received entries from twelve different consultancies and three Universities across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Christchurch and Auckland.”

The young engineers and graduate entries were judged on their contribution to the building services industry and their video responses, presenting what they believe are the most novel, scalable and implementable ideas that could be applied to building services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Mark Griffin - Student of the Year award hopefuls were challenged with a video response to the same question based on a literature review. 

Awards panellist and 2018 Graduate of the Year, Melanie Finch noted, “Perhaps the most impressive quality across the pool of applicants was their meaningful involvement in side projects, industry and personal initiatives to help shape the building services profession moving forward”.

The 2019 Award winners are:

Mark Griffin Award – Student of the Year
Sponsored by:


Mitchell Peatman
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
University of Wollongong/ Northrop Consulting Engineers

Mitchell's entry spoke of a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions holistically; and tailored his idea to reduce emissions to his current part time role.

Watch Mitchell's video presentation


CIBSE ANZ Graduate of the Year
Sponsored by:

Aaron Hoare
Sustainability Consultant

Aaron demonstrated strong service to the industry, displayed enthusiasm for his work and presented clear bottom up and top down implementable sustainable ideas.

Watch Aaron's video presentation

Jack Pirie Award – Young Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by:

Tommy Sailing
Electrical Engineer
Northrop Consulting Engineers

The judges felt Tommy has demonstrated original thought and presented a solution over the life of a building.

Watch Tommy's video presentation

In-line with the sustainability theme of the Awards, this year the winners each received a bamboo trophy and framed certificate to go along with their $1000 cash prize courtesy of the Award sponsors, AECOM, Northrop Consulting Engineers and VOS Group.

From left: Mitchell Peatman, SOTY, Tommy Sailing, YEOTY and Aaron Hoare, GOTY

Paul Angus CIBSE ANZ Chair paid special tribute, thanking our esteemed Panel of Industry Judges, Manus Freeman, Frankie Muskovic, Ashak Nathwani and Roger Birchmore; plus, the 2018 awards winners Melanie Finch and Baoying Tong for the difficult task of judging the submissions for all the three awards.

The Young Engineers Awards programme is an important way for CIBSE to engage with students and young building services professionals seeking to make an impact in building services and become future leaders of the industry. All of the 2019 finalists have demonstrated tremendous initiative and potential to do just that.

The evening was graced by visiting CIBSE President, Lynne Jack, who implored young engineers in the region to take advantage of all the opportunities, including knowledge and bursaries, that CIBSE has to offer and welcomed a dialogue with CIBSE members on how CIBSE can take care of its regions.


The evening also saw an animated Peter Mathieson, Technical Director from Aurecon reminisce about the building services design phase of the Melbourne Gallery of the museum, and enlightened the audience on the role that the CIBSE Journal played in providing inspiration all those years ago.

Paul Angus CIBSE ANZ Chair ended the evening by sharing upcoming CIBSE initiatives in the region and thanked the 90 guests who joined the institution in celebrating the next generation of building services engineers.

An evening like this is only made possible when the industry comes together to support it. This year we received wider industry support than ever before.

CIBSE would like to thank event partners Acor, Arup, Aurecon, Conex Banninger, Constructive Recruitment, Daikin, Norman Disney & Young and Wood & Grieve Engineers as well as Award sponsors AECOM, Northrop Consulting Engineers and VOS Group, who share CIBSE’s goal to encourage young engineering talent towards building services solutions.