PRIME instigates an Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling
PRIME, supported by AIRAH and the CSIRO, is
proposing to establish the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and
Cooling as a key mechanism for facilitating the HVAC&R industry’s transition to a low-emissions future, stimulating jobs growth, and showcasing HVAC&R innovations.
“The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling will
provide virtual and physical spaces where a community of industry
innovators, designers and educators can easily access knowledge and
research infrastructure,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH.
“This will make it easier to incubate ideas and reshape
industry practice to the needs of the 21st century. The Innovation Hub
will enable Australian small to medium enterprises to accelerate product
development, including through access to cutting-edge intellectual
property, independent technology validation, and interfaces with venture
The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling is
aimed at supporting industry – such as manufacturers, product
entrepreneurs, designers and consultants – to deliver the low-carbon
buildings of the future.
Dr Stephen White, F.AIRAH, from the CSIRO, says the
Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling will create a
connected HVAC innovation community in Australia with a shared IP
platform, a streamlined and flexible research environment, Living
Laboratories and design studios.
White says the design studios will help developers and asset
owners to work with the design industry to explore new high-performance
building solutions in more detail, and provide access to international
networks and knowledge.
“‘Collaborate to innovate’ is the key theme, with
low-emission heating cooling solutions for buildings the primary focus,”
White says a Living Laboratory is a real-life place that is
made available to flexibly trial HVAC&R innovations in products and
services, in an environment of collaboration.
“In a Living Laboratory all interested stakeholders – owner,
suppliers, users, and researchers – can participate, collaborate,
co-create and reflect on improvements and alternative solutions,” he
The Innovation Hub has bold aims, aspiring to create more
than 200 jobs from new products and services, retain Australian
entrepreneurs in Australia, get innovative low-energy designs applied in
at least 10 major construction projects, and establish Australia’s only
dedicated undergraduate major in Building Services.
“The Innovation Hub will support the broader HVAC&R
industry with knowledge dissemination, skills development and capacity
building,” White says. “We want to help Australian SMEs compete on the
world stage. We encourage companies to join up as members to gain access
to all these resources and free testing infrastructure.”
AIRAH is the leading specialist membership association for
air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and ventilation professionals.
CSIRO is Australia’s national research agency and innovation catalyst.
PRIME is a whole-of-industry pathway to a low-emissions
future, established over five years of industry consultations and
For more information about the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling, go to www.airah.org.au/ihub