A corner stone of AIRAH activity and a strategic aim of the Institute is informing regulation and collaborating with industry on important standards, guides and a range of industry initiatives. These initiatives generally involve participation and collaboration in or through a group formed for the project and managed by a third party.
AIRAH is regularly invited to nominate a representative of the Institute to participate in coordination groups, advisory groups, technical committees, subcommittees, working groups or other consensus group established to undertake a particular piece of work. AIRAH is generally expected to represent the members of the HVAC&R industries and provide advice and technical support on industry-related issues.
These invitations can come from a range of third-party organisations including:
- Commonwealth and State Government agencies and departments
- Standards Australia
- Australian Building Codes Board
- Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
- Green Building Council of Australia
- Administrators for NABERS and CBD schemes
- PRIME Steering Council
- Industry associations or organisations.
The roles of these groups generally range from providing technical and industry advice, to technical review groups, technical development groups and project implementation or sponsor groups.
As an organisation AIRAH does not have the technical expertise or capacity to fulfill all of these requests from AIRAH permanent staffing, although AIRAH members with knowledge and expertise in the topic can be nominated to represent the Institute. AIRAH encourages members to participate in this type of work whenever possible and values each nominee’s contributions. Participation in these groups can provide significant benefits to AIRAH members including an increase of individual skills and knowledge, continued professional development and skills maintenance, as well as an opportunity to increase personal and corporate networks.
Information about the nomination process and member requirements can be downloaded here
. The document is intended to outline and explain the open and transparent process that AIRAH goes through to identify and nominate an AIRAH member to represent the Institute on a third-party committee. The nomination form is also available as a separate download