The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling

In association with the CSIRO and PRIME, AIRAH is proposing to establish the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling, or iHub.

The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling will facilitate the HVAC&R industry’s transition to a low-emissions future, stimulate jobs growth, and showcase HVAC innovations in buildings.

The iHub in action

The Innovation Hub will provide virtual and physical spaces where a community of industry innovators, designers, and educators can easily access knowledge and research infrastructure to incubate ideas and reshape industry practice to the needs of the 21st century. 

The Innovation Hub will enable Australian SMEs to accelerate product development through access to cutting-edge intellectual property, independent technology validation, and interfaces with venture capital investment.

Industry contributions supplemented with government funding will be used to fund the activities. The Innovation Hub aims to build its membership base and IP returns, to a point where it is self-sustaining. 

Who should become members?

Manufacturers and product entrepreneurs

  • Access to seed funding pool for product prototyping and testing.
  • Access to scientific laboratory test facilities.
  • Product validation in Living Laboratory Accelerator test sites with major property portfolio owners.
  • Shared access to, and influence on, publicly funded research results and intellectual property.
  • Export market development support.
  • A voice on industry standards and codes.


Designers and consultants

  • Access to additional resources and support for stretch innovation in the design process.
  • Introductions to motivated clients through early-stage co-creation design studios.
  • Access to participate in international knowledge-sharing activities.
  • Nurture the next generation of building services engineers, and access talent.
  • A voice on industry standards and codes.

 

About PRIME

PRIME is an initiative developed by a coalition of stakeholders from within the Australian heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry. The industry has been under pressure to help reduce the environmental impact of HVAC&R. Key stakeholders have taken a step back and spent some time evaluating exactly what needs to be done to develop low-emission solutions for the essential HVAC&R services we all depend upon. 

PRIME stands for the five pathways to transition: Professionalism, Regulation, Information, Measurement, and Emission abatement. All of the industry-sourced solutions have been allocated into one of these five categories. More information about PRIME is available here.


Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, gave an update on PRIME in May 2017.


Contact

Please email for more information or to express your interest in getting involved.