Get involved with AIRAH

AIRAH offers members plenty of opportunities to get involved with our activities. You could, for example, participate in our events or technical committees, or contribute to our publications. 

And the invaluable support from members lending their time and expertise forms a major part of AIRAH’s capacity to provide core services. It’s part of the reason why AIRAH is Australia’s leading HVAC&R organisation. 

Not only will contributing to AIRAH provide members such as yourself with better information, opportunities and industry ties. It also offers you the chance to connect and network with some of the HVAC&R industry’s leading practitioners, with AIRAH staff – and through the experience of volunteering – to be involved in something bigger than yourself.

To talk about any of the opportunities below in more detail, contact our head office on 03 8623 3000.

The following are just some of the ways you can get involved with AIRAH:

Review a Design Application Manual

AIRAH publishes a variety of technical manuals. The Institute is currently updating the application manual DA09 Section 8 Applied Psychrometrics, which relates to practical psychrometrics as applied to HVAC systems and component selection.

The air conditioning system types currently discussed in DA09 Section 8 (dated 1998) are out of date and there are many new system options available including various chilled water systems and VRF DX systems.

AIRAH need to include some simple technical explanations, characteristic psychrometric performance and partial load control strategies for systems such as chilled beams, underfloor air distribution systems, displacement ventilation, task air conditioning, chilled ceilings/floors, and dedicated outdoor air systems.

We need similar information on desiccant dehumidifier-based systems.

We also need a simple explanation (including psychrometric diagram example where relevant) for the following:
  • Outside to exhaust air heat exchangers
  • Outdoor air preconditioners
  • How to determine VAV fan air quantity
  • How to determine VRF outdoor unit capacity
  • How to determine condenser water loop capacity
  • How to accumulate central plant loads – chillers and boilers

An extract of the section from the current draft of DA09 that needs to be updated is available to download here.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated and acknowledged in the final published document. Please email if you are interested in contributing. 

Review a position paper on flammable refrigerant gases

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), a group of Australian work health and safety regulators, consider the use of flammable refrigerant gases as an emerging hazard area. HWSA is developing a position paper to explain the broad duties associated with the use of these gases in workplaces.

The draft is available to download here. Your input on this draft is welcome. You can provide comment by email, or by tracking suggested changes in the attached document. Feedback should be provided by August 31, 2017 to .    
This position paper, when finalised and agreed, will be published by work health and safety regulators to provide guidance to industry, government and workplace end users of flammable refrigerant gases in relation to their duties.
This document is intended to cover broad duties and does not provide detailed workplace health and safety procedures. If you believe that more detailed guidance or simple fact sheet is required on a specific issue, please email.

Join a committee

AIRAH calls on the technical expertise of its members for many of its activities, and has committees with members located throughout Australia. Some of these committees are long-term commitments; others are one-off projects.

Types of AIRAH committees include:
  • State divisions – Each Australian state and territory has a dedicated committee tasked with organising monthly events for members in that state.
  • Conferences – Planning committees contribute technical knowledge to shape conference programs, which are different each year.
  • Special Technical Groups  –  AIRAH has a series of autonomous groups that provide expertise to group-led projects across natural refrigeration, solar heating and cooling, and ESD (environmentally sustainable design).
The "AIRAH Committee guide" is available to download here. The guide has been prepared to help AIRAH members understand the roles of AIRAH committees, within the structure of AIRAH as an organisation. It supports committees in planning, organising, communicating and improving their operation and making sure the rules of AIRAH are followed. It is intended as a guide and is based on requirements of the AIRAH Constitution 2015 and the AIRAH Bylaws. These are the governing documents of AIRAH. 

It also explains how the committees engage with the Board at the National Reference Group and how they feed into the AIRAH Board selection process at the AIRAH Annual Convention.

Contribute to AIRAH’s magazines

AIRAH has two monthly national print publications: Ecolibrium  and HVAC&R Nation . Industry news and stories are welcome for both.

For Ecolibrium, all story and technical paper submissions should be sent to the editor, Matt Dillon,

To submit a story idea for Ecolibrium, either complete an Ecolibrium article pro forma and send to the editor, or simply send an introductory email. Ideas welcome.

AIRAH is always seeking technical papers of merit for publication in Ecolibrium. Technical papers must comply with the technical paper guidelines. All technical papers submitted for publication in Ecolibrium are required to undergo a peer-review process. Once submitted, the paper will first be reviewed internally, before being sent to two independent external reviewers with relevant expertise. At each stage of the process, comments and recommendations will be sent to the author for alterations as required. If the paper passes the review, it will then be eligible for publication in Ecolibrium.

Review technical papers

If you have particular expertise or experience in a certain field, and have some spare time, reviewing papers is a great way to contribute to the high-standard technical information we provide in our magazines. To express your interest, contact Ecolibrium editor, Matt Dillon,

Present at a conference

AIRAH is always looking for speakers for our national conferences, and regularly advertise our call for abstracts. Contact conference organiser, Emily McLaughlin, for more information.

Recommend a topic/project

If you have completed work on a project that you think would be of interest to others, let your state executive officer know and we can consider it for a write-up in our magazines or a site visit.


Provide your expertise to course material, or lead a training session as a facilitator. For more information, contact

AIRAH board

If you have an interest in being an AIRAH federal board director please contact AIRAH to find out your eligibility and the process involved.

Representing AIRAH

AIRAH often calls on its members to represent the Institute in an official capacity to other industry organisations, on Standards committees, and other industry-related tasks. These opportunities are usually advertised in our weekly enewsletters.