Environmental Awards


The SPLASH! Environmental Awards are the only awards in the world dedicated to environment friendly design and construction in the swimming pool and spa industry.


The 2012 SPLASH! Environmental Awards were celebrated at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, hosted by Olympian Duncan Armstrong who thoroughly entertained the audience with tales of Olympic glory and being coached by Laurie Lawrence.

And the winners are:


The SPLASH! Project Award went to Suters Architects for the Noble Park Aquatic Centre
The SPLASH! Project Award went to Suters Architects for the Noble Park Aquatic Centre

SPLASH! Project Award: Suters Architects (Noble Park)

This Melbourne refurbishment features a co-generation unit that provides heat and power for the centre, while 30 solar panels provide hot water for the pool. The filtration systems includes air-scouring – saving 25 per cent of backwash water – while the old pool shell was converted into a massive 700,000-litre rainwater storage system, supplying water for the centre and landscaping.


SPLASH! Product Award: Davey Powermaster Eco
The SPLASH! Product Award went to Davey for the Powermaster Eco




SPLASH! Product Award: Davey Powermaster Eco
This eight-star brushless-DC three-speed pump is also economically priced, which means it can make a greater impact on the market by encouraging consumers to purchase energy-efficient pool equipment. Additionally, the reduced costs associated with running the pump will save consumers more money into the future.




Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Winner: Majestic Pools
Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Winner: Majestic Pools


Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Winner: Majestic Pools

The judges were impressed with the use of backwash filtration, oversized filters, ozonation, an 8-star rated pool pump, and the use of a heat pump to warm the water. Additional measures were taken to reduce evaporation and splash-loss, and top-up is via rainwater collection. This pool is part of an environmental home and garden project in Brisbane called the Enviro Cottage.


Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Finalist: Bionova
While there are still questions about the need for a residual with natural pools, the judges want to encourage this promising technology. Some of the many outstanding features of this Western Australian project include chemical efficiency (in fact, no chemicals are needed at all), no backwashing requirement, natural passive solar heating through a gravel heat bank, and 150mm PE piping requiring only a 0.6kW pump.

Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Finalist: Placid Pools
The judges were also impressed with the concept behind this natural swimming pool. This North Queensland project features a proprietary chemical-free sanitisation systembased on Australian plants that has been refined since it first gained a commendation at the 2010 awards. The project also features glass media filtration, a pre-filter, seven and eight-star pumps, and minimal loss of backwash water.

Residential Pool Award (Outdoor) Highly Commended: Out from the Blue
The judges said this Melbourne project is a great example of a pool that looks a million dollars while incorporating many environment-friendly features, including recycled glass media filtration which is backwashed into 10,000 litre tanks, underground rainwater storage, glass fencing to minimise evaporation and an 8-star pump.

Residential Pool Award (Indoor) Winner: Aloha Pools


Residential Pool Award (Indoor) Winner: Aloha Pools
This Melbourne pool impressed the judges with its large piping size, 8-star variable speed pump, oversized filtration, pre-filtration and rainwater storage. This is a sophisticated project that also features an ozone/bromine sanitisation system with C02 pH correction.


Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor)
The judges had a tremendously difficult time separating three entries in the Commercial Outdoor Category. Each of the three very different projects exemplified certain aspects of environmentally intelligent design, and after long deliberation the judges decided that all three should be recognised.

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Noosa Aquatic Centre
Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Noosa Aquatic Centre

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Noosa Aquatic Centre
This project impressed the judges in particular through its backwash water treatment system which includes a bag filter, earth filter, reverse osmosis and UV treatment systems, saving up to 80 per cent of all backwash water. Other commendable initiatives include the use of variable speed drive pumps, and heat pumps with solar preheating, and 78,000 litres of rainwater harvesting.

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Burleigh Pools (Eco Village)

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Burleigh Pools (Eco Village)
The judges were impressed by the way this Queensland communal pool project maintained existing elements of the property including a Morton Bay Fig, while converting the old milk shed into toilet, change and shower facilities, and using an extended roofline to gather rainwater. Use of cartridge filters, ionisation, ultrasonics and solar heating also boosted its environmental credentials.

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Suters Architects (Noble Park)

Commercial Pool Award (Outdoor) Joint Winner: Suters Architects (Noble Park)
This Melbourne refurbishment features a co-generation unit that provides heat and power for the centre, while 30 solar panels provide hot water for the pool. The filtration systems includes air-scouring – saving 25 per cent of backwash water – while the old pool shell was converted into a massive 700,000-litre rainwater storage system, supplying water for the centre and landscaping.


Commercial Pool Award (Indoor) Winner: Commercial Aquatics Australia (South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre)

Commercial Pool Award (Indoor) Winner: Commercial Aquatics Australia (South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre)
This Adelaide project features a sophisticated perlite filtration system which uses dramatically less water than traditional filtration, while energy use is minimised through variable speed pumps. Additionally, the stainless steel construction contains less embedded energy than traditional concrete construction.


Commercial Pool Award (Indoor) Highly Commended: L&V Project Pools (Southern Cross University Pool)
This northern New South Wales university pool has a 76,000 litre rainwater storage tank under the pool concourse which supplies a 34,000 litre backwash supply tank – saving an estimated half million litres of water per year. The backwash water is then used to irrigate adjacent sports fields. The pool also features UV sanitisation and heating by heat pumps.

Commercial Pool Award (Indoor) Highly Commended: Supreme Heating (Bunbury South West Sports Centre)
This Western Australian project is the first aquatic centre in the southern hemisphere to feature this evacuated tube solar heating system. In fact, the project includes a massive 240 panels – the equivalent of 7200 tubes. These panels are 80 percent more efficient than flat panels and collect solar heat even on overcast days, generating approximately 550kw of energy per day.

Pool Shop Award
The judges wanted to commend the quality of the entries in this category. In previous years they had been critical of the retail sector for not doing enough to encourage and promote environment-friendly products and practices, and even refused to award a winner one year. However this year, two of the entries were so good the judges decided they both deserved to win. Both shops had good product range, educated staff and concerted promotional campaigns.

Pool Shop Award Joint Winner: Poolside Beaconsfield

Pool Shop Award Joint Winner: Poolside Beaconsfield
The judges were impressed by the promotional activity this pool shop undertook, in particular the “green bags” initiatives, specific information nights on environment friendly products and articles written for local newspapers on the subject.

Pool Shop Award Joint Winner: Rainwise

Pool Shop Award Joint Winner: Rainwise
This pool shop also used the media but in a different form – the radio and social media – as well as letter campaigns to both local businesses and consumers explaining rebates and the benefits of environment-friendly products.




Water Saving Award Winner: Poolrite Titan VMF with Diamond Kleen

Water Saving Award Winner: Poolrite Titan VMF with Diamond Kleen
This product also combines two environment friendly products – the Titan VMF filter with improved laterals and high-flow valve for better water flow, and the Diamond Kleen recycled glass filter media which contributes to energy saving through faster backwash times and increased backwash intervals, now verified by independent research.

Water Saving Award Finalist: Waterco MutiCyclone Ultra
The original MultiCyclone won the water saving award in 2010. The new version called MultiCyclone Ultra is a cost-effective incentive to save water by combining two proven water-saving devices –– a MultiCyclone pre-filter fitted strategically above a cartridge filter to maximise hydraulic efficiency.



Energy Saving Award Winner: Davey Powermaster Eco

Energy Saving Award Winner: Davey Powermaster Eco
This eight-star brushless-DC three-speed pump is also economically priced, which means it can make a greater impact on the market by encouraging consumers to purchase energy-efficient pool equipment. Additionally, the reduced costs associated with running the pump will save consumers more money into the future.

Energy Saving Award Finalist: Poolrite Gemini Twin Pump
This is an energy-efficient seven-star rated user-friendly two-speed pump with a half-hour rapid clean Boosta mode. It is designed and made in Australia, and is competitively priced to make an environment-friendly alternative readily available to the market.


Mechanical Product Award Winner: Poolrite Systematic

Mechanical Product Award Winner: Poolrite Systematic
The Symantec is an ingenious water recirculating and cleaning system that enables skimming without the need to remove the suction cleaner. It can make energy savings of up to 60 per cent when compared to a traditional suction cleaner. Additionally, it has advanced safety features including a safety vacuum relief valve.

Mechanical Product Award Finalist: Maytronics Liberty
Being cordless (a world first) will encourage consumers to use this energy efficient robotic cleaner, and as it filters at the point of suction, it saves maintenance of the main filter including backwashing. Because it has its own power supply, it doesn’t rely on the main pump which means multi-speed pumps can continue to operate at their lower speed.

Sanitisation Award Winner: Placid Pools Ecosplash BioFilter

The forerunner of this technology gained a commendation from the judges in 2010. While this natural system would not be a choice for everyone, the judges believe it should be encouraged as a potential alternative for the future. While the initial cost of construction would be approximately 30 per cent higher than a traditional pool, energy costs are only half and ongoing maintenance costs are minimal.



Spa Award Winner: Sapphire Spas Powersmart MySpa

Spa Award Winner: Sapphire Spas Powersmart MySpa
This spa has been designed to achieve the lowest daily energy use currently possible. This is managed by a smart spa controller which co-ordinates the variable speed pump, smart filtration system and the integrated heat pump. Additionally, the spa features five levels of insulation.

Product mentions:
There were a number of product entries that didn’t win an award but the judges believed were worth mentioning: they are the Elite Poolview pool cover that helps make pool covers more attractive and therefore more appealing to consumers; the Sunbather wireless solar controller that makes solar heating more reliable and therefore more desirable for consumers; the Enviroswim sanitisation product which combines ionisation, oxidation and ultrasonics; and the Chemigem D10 ORP and pH controller that enables dosing a swimming pool within half an hour.


The judges include respected experts in the fields of water efficiency, swimming pool equipment efficiency, residential design and commercial water treatment.• Julian Gray, CEO, Smart Approved WaterMark

• David Hallet, General Manager, Archicentre
• Peter Seebacher, Energy Consultant
• Alan Lewis, Consultant, Aquazure
• Facilitated by Chris Maher, Editor, SPLASH!

The third edition of the awards

This is the third time the Awards have been held, following their inception in 2008. They are awarded every two years at a gala evening on the Gold Coast, to coincide with the final day of the SPLASH! Pool and Spa Trade Show.

“The issues at play have certainly developed over the past five years,” says Simon Cooper, publisher of SPLASH!. “There is an even greater interest in environmental issues from the general public, and of course there is a much greater regulatory and legislative impetus to make pools and spas as efficient as possible.

“When the awards were first conceived in 2007, the big issue of the day was the water shortage. Since then, some governments have made efforts to shore up water supply, and the move to a wetter part of the climate cycle has cooled down that part of the debate in some locations. However, we all know once the weather moves into the drier pattern, the issue will come back with a vengeance.”

A recent survey commissioned by Smart WaterMark shows water saving is still top of mind in some Australian centres such as Perth, where 86 per cent of residents are highly concerned about water.

Back in 2007, swimming pools were being targeted as perceived big users of water. Now, they are being targeted as amongst the biggest household users of energy.

“The big issue today is energy efficiency,” says Cooper. “This is very topical. The increased consumer demand on ageing electrical generation infrastructure is creating a lot of debate, as did the introduction of the clean energy bills through the Federal Parliament.

“It’s important that the industry addresses this issue – and is seen to be addressing it. There have been a large number of advances in technology and methods brought about directly by the need to reduce energy consumption in our industry.
“The SPLASH! Environmental Awards is one way to highlight these advances, and to congratulate the people and companies with the vision to pursue them.”
“Once again, we’d like to thank Sunbather who have supported these awards since their inception.”
Sunbather are again Foundation Sponsors of the SPLASH! Environmental Awards, as they were in both previous awards in 2008 and 2010.



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The SPLASH! Environmental Awards – the world’s only dedicated environmental awards for the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries – were presented at a gala dinner on the Gold Coast in late July 2010.

The aim of the Awards is to encourage and recognise environmental achievements in the Australasian swimming pool, spa and aquatics industry. SPLASH! hopes that the Awards will encourage others to emulate the great work done by the winners and finalists; and also project a better image to the wider public though this recognition. The Awards are supported by Foundation Sponsor Sunbather Technologies.

In total, 19 winners, finalists and encouragement awards were handed out to all sectors of the industry – from pool designers and builders to pool shops, from local council pools to theme parks, from humble inventors to large international manufacturers.

Major Awards

SPLASH! Environmental Project of the Year

The major project award this year went to Gosford Olympic Pool.

The project is a renovation of a 1950s public Olympic outdoor swimming pool on the New South Wales Central Coast.

As with many pools of this age, the Gosford Olympic Pool faced the challenge of an aging infrastructure and needed to lessen the impact of the pool operations on the environment while fulfilling the demands of the local community.

By establishing a sophisticated Triton backwash plant which includes a reverse osmosis system and a 170,000 litre water storage system, the water requirements of the swimming pool have been reduced by an enormous 90 per cent. It is estimated that the combined system will save more than 4 million litres of town water each year. This is especially beneficial as Gosford area has suffered from severe water shortages.

Additionally, the renovation reduced the energy requirements for the pool by installing a solar heating system and using high quality pool blankets which enables the pool to shut down the boiler from October through to March each year, while maintaining the pool water at the desired 25-26 degrees. Additionally, a new gas heater with a titanium heat exchanger was added to the system.

They are in the process of adapting the solar system so it can also heat the indoor pool water, resulting in a further 50 per cent reduced requirement for the gas boiler.

The judges were impressed that this type of renovation could be applied to existing pools of a similar age – of which there are a great number across Australia. Therefore, this project could have a very substantial influence on water and energy use in the aquatics industry.


2010 SPLASH! Environmental Product of the Year

The major product award went to Waterco for its MultiCyclonpre-filter.

An average sand filter may use more than 8000 litres for backwashing each a year. This can be vastly reduced by using the cyclonic pre-filter, which itself only needs 15 litres of water to purge. Potential water savings are estimated at about 7000 litres per year for an average pool.MultiCyclone is an Australian innovation which filters the water prior to it going to the main filters, reducing the load on the filter and therefore the amount of backwashing required.

The judges were impressed that this product is economically priced and as such is something that most existing and new pool owners could benefit from.

The judges also wanted to make sure Pentair received a special mention for its Intelliflo VF pump

Project awards

Residential Pool (Outdoor)

Sponsor: Sunbather Technologies

Winner: A Total Concept (Landscape Architects) The winning pool was designed by A Total Concept Landscape Architects and built by Pride Pools.The judges found this pool to be the best entry, as it covers all the criteria: energy efficiency, water efficiency, chemical efficiency as well as noise minimisation and re-use of excavation material.

It has an automatic slatted swimming pool cover, which can have a very substantial effect on water efficiency as well as energy efficiency by minimising heat loss. The fact that the cover is automatic is an advantage, as the convenience means it is more likely to be used by the owners, therefore maximising the benefits. The pool cover also assists with keeping dirt, leaves and organic matter out of the pool. This helps reduce chemical and filtration requirements, which in turn reduces chemical usage, and water usage through less need for backwashing.

The pool features a 10,000 litre underground rainwater tank linked to a Davey Rainbank rainwater management pump. The water is used for pool top up, as well as watering the garden and lawns, and toilet flushing.

It features a glass fence which reduces wind-borne evaporation, and a Hurlcon sand filter with Zelbrite filter media which reduces the required frequency of backwashing and therefore the volume of lost backwash water. The garden features waterwise plants and native varieties.

The pool is heated via Autumn solar. The Remco pool cover, glass fencing and planted windbreak reduce wind-borne heat loss and maximise the effect of the solar heating. Additionally, pool siting and interior colour were chosen with thermal efficiency in mind. Lighting is by AquaStar low-voltage LED lights.

The pool utilises twin pumps to enable more efficient and economical use of power. The pool equipment is situated under the house to make it quieter for use at off-peak times, and the excavated material was re-used in the landscaping.

The pool has a wet edge, which is very attractive but can increase water loss. However, the judges decided that the water-friendly features of the pool outbalanced the negatives. One judge commented that the pool cover and water tank actually enabled the use of a wet edge. Additionally, the pool features a winter mode for the balance tank so it can be turned off.

Encouragement Award: Placid Pools This is a natural pool project, which uses biomass media beds to filter the water and carry out the vast majority of the sanitisation.The concept is based on a European natural biomass system, which includes the use of specific plants to assist with the sanitisation process. It has been further developed by Placid and adapted to the Australian environment.

The judges found this project very interesting, but felt they needed more information to be able to judge it more accurately. The main environmental positive effect was to do with chemical usage, while water and energy efficiency had a lesser impact in this particular project.

However, the judges found the concept something very much worth keeping an eye on. They acknowledged that at the present time, this system would be for a niche market – limiting its overall impact on the swimming pool industry. However, the judges believed in the future and with development the concept could become more widely used and have a greater impact for more pool owners.

Commercial Pool or Aquatic Centre (Outdoor)

Sponsor: AstralPool
Winner: Gosford Olympic Pool (see above – SPLASH! Environmental Project of the Year)

Finalist: Kuranda Aquatic Centre The Kuranda Aquatic Centre was built by Placid Pools and is the first commercial swimming pool in the world equipped with MagnaPool mineral water technology.The MagnaPool system provides superior filtration efficiency of less than 3 micron as a result of constant micro-flocculation and coagulation via hydroxination. The system includes the use of Diamond Kleen recycled glass filter media in four Waterco 1400 SMDD deep bed filters.

In combination, this advanced sanitisation and filtration resulted in the requirement for only four backwashes in the past 12 months, indicating a saving of 1 megalitre of water from backwashing each year. Additionally, the backwash water has been used to irrigate an adjacent orchard. The MagnaPool sanitisation system results in backwash water containing potassium and magnesium – which can be beneficial for plants, rather than traditional sodium which could add to the salinity of the soil.

Additionally, the pool also has a reduced demand for acid as the by-product of hydroxination (magnesium hydroxide) has a pH of 9, compared with the by-product of chlorination (sodium hydroxide) which could be as high as pH 14.

The Kurunda swimming pool utilises a number of other water and energy saving features, including total coverage with Daisy soft pool covers.

Energy efficiency is maximised by using 100mm pipe all round, and heating the pool with Poolrite PoolTherm heat exchangers from May to August. The pool also utilises an in-floor circulation system for more efficient circulation of chemicals.

Finalist: WhiteWater World This popular Gold Coast water park utilises a number of water saving processes and systems that reduce water consumption dramatically. The main aspect of the system is regenerative media filtration or RM. The Neptune Benson RM filtration system slashes annual water wastage from backwashing by an estimated 3 million litres if compared to traditional sand filtration systems.Additionally, WhiteWater World houses two detention ponds designed to capture and store rainwater run-off. These ponds hold 600,000 litres each and are used to irrigate the park’s landscaping system, gardens and grassed areas. Each pond fills to capacity during rain periods and takes several months to empty.

Other water saving initiatives include maximum capture of splash-out and run-off for treatment and re-use, and the extensive use of shading to reduce evaporation and increase customer comfort.

Commercial Pool or Aquatic Centre (Indoor)

Sponsor: Supreme Heating

Winner: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre The Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre was originally built in 1961, but was re-built prior to the Sydney Olympic Games as a venue for water polo. From that point, the centre consisted of five pools plus a multi-purpose indoor sports stadium.However, the water efficiency was still lacking. This was addressed by a recent series of water saving initiatives. Prior to the implementation of these initiatives, the centre’s use of potable water was averaging 146.6 kilolitres per day. Following the initiatives, the centre uses only 58.5 kilolitres per day, despite an increase in patronage.

This represents a 67 per cent decrease in water usage per patron, and a 60 per cent decrease in total usage. The initiatives included the installation of a Prominent reverse-osmosis backwash water recycling plant that allows the RALC to reuse approximately 65 per cent of backwash water that was previously sent to waste; and the installation of a 220,000 litre rainwater tank for topping up the balance tanks of the pools after going through the RO plant.

Other measures include changing the disinfection of the two large pools from chlorine and ozone to chlorine and UV, plus the installation of flow restrictors in taps and showers, as well as a waterless urinal.

The judges were impressed that this type of renovation could be applied to existing pools of a similar age – of which there are a large number across the country.

Pool Shop Award

Sponsor: Phoenix Pool Equipment
They have more Water Neutral Pool-compliant pool owners on their books than any other pool shop, and plan their pool services in clusters to minimise fuel consumption.While the judges were satisfied that Poolside Frankston had done enough this time to deserve the Winner’s Award, they feel that the category is still lacking. As one judge said, “This is a crucial category because it is the most direct interaction with pool owners, and so there is the greatest potential to bring about positive change.”The judges appealed to more pool shop owners to demonstrate positive change and to enter the next Awards in 2012.Winner: Poolside Frankston Poolside Frankston won a Highly Commended in the 2008 Awards, and this time they’ve come back with some more activities under their belt. In the intervening time they have increased their commitment to spreading the word about environmental friendly practices and products for pool owners in person, in the press and also through the electronic media. For example, the shop owner has been a special guest on 3AW, promoting the Water Neutral Pool Shop program and answering questions about environmental practices in the industry.

Product Awards

Energy Saving Product

Co-Winner: Pentair for the Intelliflo VF The computer-controlled Intelliflo VF variable speed pump uses a permanent magnet motor to optimise flow rates. It can save between 30 per cent and 90 per cent of energy costs by running permanently at the ideal speed for optimum efficiency. Additionally, it is very quiet so can be run in off-peak times, and will lessen wear on other pool equipment.Co-Winner: Fasco for the imPower

As an axial flux brushless multi-speed motor, the imPower is a breakthrough product. At its core is a permanent magnet, which enables it to operate the optimum speed for each requirement, not only saving energy, but reducing wear on filters and other equipment, and improving overall filtration and therefore the health of the water. By operating more slowly, the energy saving effects are vastly magnified. It has been matched with proprietary wet ends to create highly efficient pool pumps.

Finalist: AstralPool for the Viron P300 pump.

A very efficient and relatively affordable pool pump based on the Fasco brushless motor.

Finalist: Supreme Heating for Heatseeker Maxi.

Evacuated tube solar collection system which greatly improves the efficiency of solar heating.

Water Saving Product

Winner: Waterco for the Multicyclone(see above SPLASH! Environmental Product of the Year)Finalist: AIS for the Ecoline product

Low TDS in the water means poolwater doesn’t need dilution and backwash water can be easily recycled.

Finalist: Elite for the Hideaway product.

By enabling the cover to be hidden in the deck, soft pool covers become more attractive to pool owners.

Encouragement Award: Ecos for the Backwash Filter.

A backwash filter system which enables the re-use of backwash water in the pool. The judges believe it is worth keeping an eye on.

Mention: AIS for Autochlor

Enables the use of salt water for filling and topping up pools – excellent idea but limited market.

Mechanical Product

Winner: Davey for SilensorDavey’s water cooled Silensor pump is super quiet (typically below 56 dBa), making it suitable for use at night. This means that in applicable areas, the pump’s energy requirements can be drawn from off peak tariffs. Not only does this save money for the pool owners, it also reduces the load on the power stations at the critical peak times.  The pump achieves its low noise ability by using a small flow of water around the stainless steel motor shell, which absorbs the vibrations. Additionally, it does not need a fan, which is normally a big contributor to noise.

Finalist: Toyesi for the Multi Function Heat Pump.Enables space cooling, ventilation, pool heating and energy recovery at the same time.Finalist: Air Change for Poolpac.

A heat exchanger system enabling a halving of the AC plant on a typical indoor public pool project.

Sanitisation Product

Winner: AIS for EcolineA highly innovative Australian product enabling the generation of chlorine from the existing level of natural salts and minerals already present in fresh water. It saves chemicals as no chlorine or salt is required; saves water as backwash can be used directly in irrigation; and uses 60 per cent less energy than a typical chlorinator system.Finalist: AIS for Autochlor

Sanitisation system generating chlorine from sea water – an excellent idea but limited market.

Lighting Product

Winner: Waterco for BritestreamThe Britestream provides ample illumination for swimming pools which only use 15 per cent of the energy of an equivalent halogen light. The super bright LEDs are capable of delivering up to 352 lumens of light (for the white LED) while operating on only 15 watts of energy. Additionally, each LED has a lifespan of more than 70,000 hours (up to 35 times longer than a halogen light), reducing replacement needs and associated costs.

Spa Product

Sponsor: Pure Silk by ClevaQuip

Winner: Sunlover/Spa Industries for the AquaTemp product.

By incorporating a highly efficient heat pump inside the shell of the spa, it can recover the heat generated by the motors as well as the hot air under the spa cover, converting the energy into warm spa water and maintaining high Coefficients of Performance all year round. Sunlover estimates a saving in carbon footprint and running costs of up to 50 per cent.

Finalist: Davey for the Xcelsior product.

A spa pump, heater and controller in one unit, capturing heat from the motor to heat the spa pool water.


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SPLASH! Environmental Project of the Year: Gosford Olympic Pool

Anthony Burling (r) and Bob Binger from Gosford Olympic Pool  with Steve Bradbury and Simon Boadle

Below: Simon Boadle presenting Bryan Goh of Waterco with the Product of the Year Award for the MultiCyclone (above)

Winning Residential Project by A Total Concept
Residential SponsorResidential Encouragement Award went to Placid Pools for this natural pool.

Commercial Pool (Outdoor) Sponsor

Duncan Smith of AstralPool presenting the Finalist Award to Joe Spelta of Placid Pools for the Kuranda Aquatic Centre (below)
WhiteWater World was  a finalist in the Commercial Pool or Aquatic Centre category.
Commercial Pool (Indoor) sponsor
Winner of Commercial Pool (Indoor) category: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre. Below: sponsor Bree Bonoro presents the award to proxy, Simon Cooper.

Poolside Frankston won the Pool Shop Award: Lindsay McGrath receives the award from sponsor Frank Slowiak.

Pentair Intelliflo was co-winner of the Energy Saving Product Award
Fasco was co-winner of the Energy Saving Product Award
AstralPool was a finalist in the  Energy Saving Product Award
Supreme was a finalist in the  Energy Saving Product Award
Water Saving Product Finalist: Elite Hideaway
Water Saving Encouragement Award: Ecos
Mechanical Product Winner:
Finalist for Mechanical Product: Toyesi
Finalist for Mechanical Product: Air Change
Sanitisation Product Winner: Ecoline
Sanitisation Product Finalist: Autochlor
Winning Lighting Product: Br
Spa Product Sponsor

.Brad Wildermuth from sponsor ClevaQuip presents the Spa Product trophy to Rohan London of Sunlover. Below: Sunlover/Spa Industries won the Spa Product Award

Davey Xcelsior was a  Spa Product finalist