Respected AIRAH member Warwick Stannus, M.AIRAH, recently passed away.
Long-time industry stalwart Warwick Stannus, M.AIRAH, passed away on Sunday, April 24.
Boasting a strong background in both consulting and contracting in the HVAC&R industry, Stannus is recognised for his work in developing industry standards and his 19-year career at A.G. Coombs.
He started working at A.G. Coombs in 2003 in the newly created role of Group Engineering Manager. He went on to become a Design Engineer, and was instrumental in the development of many early Green Star projects in Australia. He was a key driving force behind A.G. Coombs’ work in large-scale offsite prefabrication of building services.
“We acknowledge Warwick’s wonderful contribution over his 19-year career with the company, as well as the tremendous courage he displayed while dealing with his health issues,” says A.G. Coombs Managing Director Russell Telford. “Somehow through the side-effects of associated treatments, short-term remissions, and further discoveries, Warwick continued to rally and make an amazing contribution to his team, the company, clients and the industry as a whole.”
In 2010 Stannus was a primary instigator of the world-leading BIM-MEPAUS initiative, which digitised the design and delivery of building services in Australia. He has been recognised for his work over many years in developing innovative industry practices, and was a frequent contributor to industry journals and magazines.
In 2021, Stannus was awarded the Air conditioning and Mechanical Contractor Association’s (AMCA) Distinguished Service Award.
Stannus was also regularly involved in AIRAH activities. He spoke at several conferences, including most recently at the Australasian Building Simulation Conference 2017 and the Future of HVAC Conferences in 2014 and 2016. He also presented at the Institute’s state division events and was a frequent contributor to Ecolibrium, through writing technical papers, participating in roundtable industry discussions, or in case studies of the ground-breaking projects on which he worked.
As a committed individual who shared ideas and helped drive industry development, he will be sorely missed by his friends, colleagues and peers within the industry.