Overview

A resilient built environment is capable of withstanding extreme events while providing shelter and essential services to people within, and be reasonably returned to normal operation after such events. 

These events include: extreme weather events such as storms, floods, cold-snaps and heatwaves; bush fires; utility outages resulting in loss of power, water, telecommunications, and other associated disruptions. A more resilient built environment should also consider appropriate safeguarding against local or direct catastrophe (building attack) and social unrest (protests, service strikes, occupations, riots). 

A resilient built environment is also capable of adapting to changing conditions while maintaining functionality and economical operation.  In addition to the changing Australian and global climate — which will see increased temperatures, sea-levels, storm surges and increased flooding, altered rainfall, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events — other relevant changes that the built environment may experience include changing building program needs, changing regulations, changes to energy costs, and disruptive economic activities.

As a critical enabler of the Australian economy, the HVAC&R sector does not have a unified strategy in safe-guarding the built environment and its occupants during these extreme events. 

AIRAH members are involved at all points of the lifecycle of HVAC&R systems: research and development, equipment manufacture and supply, integrated design, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance and decommissioning. 

Through these activities AIRAH members have considerable influence in creating a more resilient future through the implementation of practical measures to design more resilient built environments and HVAC&R equipment; as well as implementing best practice installation, operation and facilities management practices. 


 Purpose

The purpose of this AIRAH Special Technical Group is to provide members with a platform for involvement in issues that affect their industry in relation to Resilience, including: policy advice; regulation development; plus the development of, and access to, industry-leading advice. This platform will promote a whole-of-supply-chain integrated view on issues related to the activities of the group and AIRAH, along with best-practice delivery in the Australian and international community. 

 

 

 Aims

 The Committee aims to:  

  1. Promote industry leadership with a whole-of-supply chain approach encompassing the following key focus areas:
    • Designing the built environment for resilience
    • Engineering equipment for resilience
    • Installing equipment and constructing buildings for resilience
    • Operating and maintaining facilities for resilience
  2. Be a reference point for government in shaping relevant policy relating to the environmental, economic and social impact of HVAC&R and related systems.  
  3. Make submissions on behalf of members to influence policy setting, as collectively agreed by members, and work with government at all levels to establish workable regulations, frameworks and guidelines. 
  4. Identify and seek external funding for collaborative projects that support the objectives and aims of AIRAH and its members. 
  5. Provide guidance to the HVAC&R industry to develop a considered, integrated and technically objective approach to Resilience.  
  6. Create special interest groups led by industry knowledge champions to help further the interests of the Committee, AIRAH and its members where needed. 

 


 Deliverables and communications

The Committee aims to deliver the following:

  1. Input to AIRAH’s formal responses to government and stakeholder policies and papers
  2. Resilient HVAC&R awareness amongst membership and broader property world.
  3. AIRAH branded white paper, design guideline, or a series of shorter reference documents.
  4. List of gaps in fundamental knowledge, best practice, or standards that require additional scrutiny or support through broader partnerships. 

 


 Projects

The Resilience STG is currently working on:

  • Increasing awareness of resilience as a design principle
  • Gathering knowledge of resilient design approaches and strategies
  • Filling resilience knowledge gaps specific to HVAC&R industry
  • Developing resilient design issues and design strategies across four industry segments:
- Building/system design
- Equipment engineering
- Installation and related construction
- Facility O&M.
  • Developing information graphics to communicate the issue and opportunities
  • Researching future climate data
  • Publicising resilient design of HVAC&R and the built environment.

 

 Committee

  • Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH (Co-chair)
  • Alan Fok, M.AIRAH (Secretary)
  • Nicki Parker, Affil.AIRAH (Co-chair)
  • Liza Taylor, M.AIRAH 
  • Brett Cruden, M.AIRAH
  • Gary Knox, F.AIRAH
  • Graham Carter, M.AIRAH
  • Greg Johnson, M.AIRAH
  • Jamie Adams
  • Jesse Clarke, M.AIRAH
  • Kerryn Wilmot, M.AIRAH
  • Lasath Lecamwasam, M.AIRAH
  • Martin Ryan, M.AIRAH
  • Michael Kritzler
  • Nick Asha, M.AIRAH
  • Paul Graham, M.AIRAH
  • Sanjeet Singh, M.AIRAH
  • Scott Gregson, M. AIRAH
  • Yale Carden, M.AIRAH.
 


 Membership

Membership is open to any financial AIRAH member. If you are interested in being involved please email STGS@airah.org.au or call 03 8623 3000.