The fourth SPLASH! Environmental Award winners and finalists were announced on July 17, 2014 during the SPASA Australia Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner on the last day of the SPLASH! Pool & Spa trade show.
Proudly supported by foundation sponsor Sunbather, the SPLASH! Environmental Awards are the only awards in the world dedicated to environment friendly products and projects in the swimming pool and spa industry.
This year the awards were simplified to two categories and garnered more than 30 quality submissions.
Most Environment Friendly Project Winner
The ground-breaking Fremantle Aquatic Centre heating project combined a subterranean aquifer as an energy source for a combined geothermal heat pump and cogeneration system to warm the pool water. This was the first time a project of this type has been constructed in Australia.
The award was presented to Travis McNeill of Evo Industries Australia Pty Ltd.
The finalist projects included Hirondelle Rehabilitation Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool by Aquazure and Turtle Beach Resort Hydroxypure Installation by Waterco. Also commended was the Cootamundra Shire Council 25m Indoor Pool.
Most Environment Friendly Product Winner
The Most Environment Friendly Product category was won by AstralPool for their PoolMac.
The judges commented that there were a large number of awards in this category and choosing a winner was very difficult because there were many good entries that matched different elements of the three main criteria of energy, water and chemical efficiency.
AstralPool’s PoolMac won because it combined both energy and water saving benefits in a “plug and play” integrated system which reduces human error and ensures the component parts are used as intended.
The award was presented to Peter Wallace of AstralPool Australia.
Product finalists were Hydroxypure by Waterco, the Retractable/Telescopic Pool Enclosure by the Pool Enclosure Company and AstralPool’s Viron eVo Pump.
Judging the awards was a panel of respected experts in the fields of swimming pool construction, pump efficiency, water efficiency, and both residential and commercial pool design. The panel was comprised of Julian Gray – Smart Approved WaterMark, David Hallett- Archicentre, Peter Seebacher – AusEng Consulting, Cal Stanley – Neptune Pools, and Denis Pontin – RMP Consultants.
SPLASH! congratulates all the winners and finalists in the SPLASH! Environmental Awards, as well as the winners of the SPRAA and SPASA Australia awards also presented on the night.
See Interpoint MD Simon Cooper’s speech:
See Foundation Sponsor Sunbather CEO Simon Boadle’s speech: