A long-time supporter of AIRAH, Denis Joseph joined the Institute in 1948 – only a year after the first official journal was published and less than a decade after the conclusion of the Second World War.
One of the first AIRAH members to be elevated to Fellow grade (in 1994), Joseph earned AIRAH’s highest honour, the James Harrison Medal, in 1988.
Joseph was renowned for his technical acumen and professional curiosity. A prolific presenter of papers at AIRAH conferences, his work also featured regularly in the AIRAH Journal, the forerunner to Ecolibrium. Research was important for Joseph, but just as important was sharing his findings.
Joseph saw the potential of solar HVAC&R. Indeed, he was a passionate supporter of solar heating and cooling technology. It is for this reason that AIRAH recognises Joseph with an award named in his honour.
The Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R is open to all AIRAH members and individuals as part of the annual AIRAH Awards. This award recognises initiatives that, through the innovative use of solar energy, significantly improve the performance of HVAC and/or refrigeration systems.
In addition to his involvement with AIRAH, Joseph was instrumental in setting up the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AREMA) and was a past president of the organisation.
Joseph was admitted to the ARBS Hall of Fame in 2010.