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Environmentally Sustainable Design

Recent discussions


  • White paper to raise awareness regarding the property industry silos. 
  • Building resilience discussion (separate AIRAH Task Force established) 
  • Cogeneration systems – study of operational performance, key success/failure factors.
  • Building Log Book – assistance requested.
National Construction Code 2015 – Section J update:

The National Construction Code (NCC) has been revised and is effective for projects using the BCA 2015 since the 1st of May. Section J – a component with particular relevance to those in the HVAC industry has had minor changes. A full list of amendments is provided on page 781 in Volume 1 (applicable to class 2 – 9 buildings) and 556 of Volume 2 (applicable to class 1 and 10 buildings).

In summary for volume 1, there are no longer any maintenance provisions – JP2 and J8.2 both of which stipulated obligations for maintenance in previous versions have been removed. The only other significant change has been to J5 Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems which has been restructured to simplify provisions and improve usability. While the change to J5 may appear to be extensive at first, there is no difference in performance requirements from the previous 2014 version of the NCC.

The Australian Building Codes Board provides a range of resources such as online training on NCC Volume One Energy Efficiency Provisions (may accrue CPD points), YouTube clips and handbooks. Visit the ABCB website.



Over the past decade, those who work in the built environment have identified the need for the sector to improve its collective approach to sustainability. The principles of sustainability seek to integrate three closely interlinked elements - the environment, the economy, and the social system - in a manner that can be continuously developed and nurtured to reduce our impact on the planet.

HVAC&R systems are a major contributor to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. At the same time, they also play an essential role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of building occupants. We cannot do without them.

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.  The industry has profound environmental, economic and social impacts.

Through these activities AIRAH members have considerable influence in creating a more sustainable future through the implementation of practical measures to minimise energy and water use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life (such as improved indoor environment quality and improved product safety).

The ESD STG recently made a submission to the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star - Design and As Built consultation paper, which can be viewed here.




The purpose of the AIRAH ESD STG is help AIRAH meet the strategic aim to “claim the sustainability space” and to provide members with a platform for involvement in ESD issues that affect their industry, 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 sustainability issues and best-practice delivery in the Australian and international community..




  • Paul Graham, M.AIRAH (Chair)
  • Karen Hovenga, M.AIRAH (Deputy Chair)
  • Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH 
  • Alex Harrington, M.AIRAH 
  • Chris Wallbank, M.AIRAH
  • Borzou Shahsavand, M.AIRAH
  • Daniel Heath, M.AIRAH
  • Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH
  • Wayne Lobo, Affil.AIRAH
  • Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH
  • Paul Davy, M.AIRAH
  • Leon Wurfel, Affil.AIRAH



 If you are interested in being involved please email