2011 Press releases




2011 AIRAH Awards reward industry's elite (16/12/2011)


AIRAH has recognised outstanding achievements in the HVAC&R industry at the 2011 AIRAH Awards presentation dinner, held recently at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

Awards were presented in the categories of Excellence in Sustainability, won by consulting engineering firm Umow Lai for its work on the Pixel building; Excellence in Innovation, awarded to Seeley International; the WR Ahern Award won by Dr Mike Dennis, M.AIRAH and Dr Paul Kohlenbach, M.AIRAH; the Best Sustainable Retrofit, won by System Solutions Engineering for its work on 19 Grenfell St, Adelaide; the Future Leader Award, where Nathaniel Galindo, App.AIRAH, prevailed in a competitive field; and the Student of the Year Awards, which was won by Qbuild’s Liam Janetzki.

Although the Pixel building prevailed in the Excellence in Sustainability category, the judges felt One Shelley St, with engineering services provided by WSP, deserved special mention, and so granted a unique award, one for “excellence in economic sustainability”.

Simon Hill was presented with the prestigious James Harrison Medal, the Institute’s highest honour. AIRAH life membership is bestowed with the honour.

AIRAH Chief Operating Officer Neil Cox says the AIRAH Awards are all about shining a spotlight on outstanding achievements, and by recognising the membership’s outstanding achievements, helping to raise the industry’s overall standards.

“AIRAH congratulates the winners of the 2011 AIRAH Awards,” Cox says. “We applaud the exceptional efforts of Nathaniel Galindo, Umow Lai, WSP, Seeley International, Liam Janetzki, System Solutions Engineering, and of course, Simon Hill.”

The much-publicised Pixel building won in the Excellence in Sustainability category.

“Pixel impressed the judges as a demonstration project – an advanced prototype from which the industry can learn how to integrate new technologies into high-performance buildings,” Cox says. “Not only has Pixel achieved a 6 star Green Star rating, it is the first building to achieve a 100 per cent Green Star score.”

Taking out the Excellence in Innovation category was Seeley Climate Wizard, which uses the cooling power of evaporation to reduce air temperature.

Kohlenbach and Dennis won the WR Ahern Award for the best technical paper published in Ecolibrium, AIRAH’s official journal, by an AIRAH member.

The paper - “Solar Cooling in Australia: The Future of Air Conditioning?” - appeared in the December 2010 issue of Ecolibrium.

Galindo, from UGL Services and based in Melbourne, edged out Mark Lommers, M.AIRAH, and Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, to take out the award.

Hill is principal of Sydney-based Professional Engineering Solutions, a private consultancy firm operating in the HVAC&R and fire-services industries.

“The James Harrison medal is awarded to an individual who has made a notable contribution within the sphere of AIRAH’s interest, and who has shown commitment to achievement, excellence and performance - above and beyond what might ordinarily be expected,” Cox says. “Simon has definitely shown that, and is a worthy winner of the Harrison Medal.”

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AIRAH signs memorandum of understanding with Western Australia's Office of Energy (13/12/2011)


In a landmark agreement, AIRAH has inked a memorandum of understanding with the Western Australian Office of Energy (OOE). It’s the first such pact the Institute has signed with a state-based energy authority, and one seen as a trail blazer for future such alignments.

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says the two bodies have been working towards similar objectives in the energy-efficiency space over the past several years, and that the MOU formalises what has already been a successful relationship.

“AIRAH and the Western Australia Office of Energy have been working together towards the common goal of sustainability in the built environment for several years,” Wilkinson says. “It is in the interest of closer engagement and pathways to shared goals that both parties enter into a memorandum of understanding, which formalises their commitment to a long-term partnership.”

Wilkinson says the OOE leads the development and implementation of policy and programs to meet WA’s energy needs. Its focus is to secure reliable, competitive and cleaner energy for WA.

AIRAH, for its part, has a mission to provide leadership, promotion, representation and support to the air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and related services industry and its membership.

“AIRAH,” Wilkinson says, “has a vision for a safe, sustainable, healthy and comfortable built environment. “Through its conferences, publications, manuals and training, AIRAH educates and motivates the HVAC&R industry and related fields to achieving sustainability and improving environmental outcomes. As such, AIRAH’s objectives are consistent with those of the Office of Energy. It’s a good fit.”

As part of the agreement, the OOE and AIRAH will promote each others’ events and activities where appropriate.

Wilkinson says AIRAH will also assist the OOE in understanding technical and practical aspects of policies and programs that relate to its industry sector in WA. The OOE will assist AIRAH in advice relating to energy use where appropriate.

“AIRAH will continue to encourage and assist its members and the wider built environment industry to adopt efficient energy practices,” Wilkinson says.

“And we will continue to provide informational and educational seminars for its Western Australian membership about efficient energy practices.

“When AIRAH set its new strategic aims of ‘claim the sustainability space’, ‘close the skills gap’, ‘inform regulation and policy decisions’, and ‘build and engage membership’, we weren’t thinking about strategic alliances with organisations such as the Office of Energy.

“But it just so happens that our new formal pact with Western Australia’s Office of Energy ticks all those strategic boxes,” Wilkinson says. “And more than that, it just makes good sense.”


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AIRAH releases DA27, a comprehensive guide to Building Commissioning (4/11/2011)


AIRAH has released its third new DA manual for 2011, DA27 Building Commissioning, which was produced with the assistance of the building commissioning industry.

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says DA27 Building Commissioning aims to help define and standardise the commissioning process, outline the critical steps and promote a common language for the various stakeholders.

Wilkinson says building commissioning is essential for efficient and integrated building systems. The commissioning process provides a guarantee to all of the stakeholders involved that systems and buildings will meet their design intent and operational requirements.

“It is generally recognised that building and system commissioning is often not performed as it should be,” Wilkinson says. “Fact is, buildings that are not commissioned will not perform well.

“DA27 Building Commissioning provides an overview of the entire commissioning story, from the initial concept and pre-design stages of a project through design and installation to operation, maintenance and eventually upgrade and retrocommissioning.”

The retrocommissioning process starts with the very fundamentals of a building, its current owners’ use and expectations, and then systematically reviews and analyses the building and its services to identify a range of measures or recommended improvements to ensure a building will meet those needs.

To buy DA27 Building Commissioning, go to the AIRAH online store 

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AIRAH partners Standards Australia in National Seminar Series on new suite of AS/NZS 3666 Standards (26/10/2011)


In association with the release of the revision to AS/NZS 3666 Air-Handling & Water Systems of Buildings – Microbial Control Parts 1, 2 and 3, and the new Part 4, AIRAH and Standards Australia are presenting a national seminar series on the new suite of standards, as prepared by Standards Australia Committee ME-062.

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says the seminars will provide a thorough introduction to the new standards.

“The new suite of standards represents best practice in managing the threat of legionnaires and microbial control,” Wilkinson says.

“And attending one of the informative seminars is a great way to be bought up to speed about best practice in managing legionnaires and microbial control.”

The new AS/NZS 3666 series relates to microbial control in air-handling and water systems in buildings.

Parts 1 and 2 are referenced in the National Construction Code Volume 1 (Building Code of Australia) as the deemed-to-satisfy provision for design, commissioning operation and maintenance. Parts 3 and 4 are performance-based documents for maintenance. Part 3 covers cooling water systems and Part 4 covers air-handling systems.

This seminar will be presented by Clive Broadbent AM, L.AIRAH, chair of ME-062,; the committee responsible for the update to the standards.

Broadbent leads Legionella Control International’s specialist team in Australia and brings considerable experience and expertise to the position.

He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the control of legionella bacteria and legionnaires’ disease in air-handling and water systems, and a leading environmental hygiene specialist.

Individual seminars cost $165 for AIRAH members and $195 for non-members.

The seminars are designed for regulatory authorities; building services designers; architects; installers; equipment manufacturers and suppliers; maintenance personnel; managers and owners.
“The new standards improve what is already a very sound set of standards, to effectively manage the possible threat of legionnaires,” says Standards Australia CEO Colin Blair.


Dates and locations

Monday November 21
Time: 1.30 – 5.30 pm
Eureka Room
Rydges Lakeside
1 London Cct
Canberra, ACT

Tuesday November 22
Time: 1.30 – 5.30 pm
Lavender Room
Kirribilli Club1
1 Harbourview Crescent
Lavender Bay, NSW

Wednesday November 23
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
249 Elizabeth St
Brisbane, Qld

Thursday November 24
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Engineers Australia
Survey House
14 Shepherd St
Darwin, NT

Monday November 28
Time: 1.30 – 5.30 pm
Chancellor 2
Hotel Grand Chancellor
131 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, Vic
Tuesday November 29
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Bowen Room
Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel
34 Murray St
Hobart, Tas
Wednesday November 30
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Terrace 3
Stamford Plaza
150 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA
Thursday December 1
Time: 1.30 – 5.30 pm
The Cambridge Room
City West Receptions
45 Plaistowe Mews
West Perth, WA



For more information about the series or to register, go to the AIRAH events calendar

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AIRAH donates training equipment to North Coast Institute of TAFE (05/09/2011)





The official equipment handover at North Coast Institute of TAFE.
From left: AIRAH COO Neil Cox, AIRAH NSW Executive Officer Catherine Howard, NCIT Refrigeration Teacher Greg Williams and NCIT Electrotechnology Head Teacher Roy Hatfield.         

AIRAH recently donated a suite of valuable refrigeration simulation training equipment to the Grafton campus of the North Coast Institute of TAFE in New South Wales.

As part of its strategic aims, AIRAH aspires to “close the skills gap”, working alongside government and other providers to help fill the voids in formal training within the HVAC&R industry.


And by bestowing the valuable simulation equipment to the Electrotechnology teaching section of the North Coast Institute of TAFE, AIRAH did just that. In the process, the school received a major boost to its teaching capacity.        


The simulators were left over from AIRAH’s ARC Assessment Program, which ran from 2007 to 2009. They are self-contained, demountable desktop training systems. One simulates a simple split-system air conditioner; the other simulates a basic commercial refrigeration unit.           


Included in the package of equipment donated were two DAR2001s, two laptops, one DAR2200, one DAR2300, one electrical resistance testing circuit board developed by Degem and AIRAH specifically for air conditioning and refrigeration, and five packing cases.  


“The great thing about these systems is their versatility,” says AIRAH chief operating officer Neil Cox, who handed over the equipment to Roy Hatfield and Greg Williams from the TAFEs. 


“They can be operated as required. Faults can be inserted, valve blockages simulated and the attendant impact on the system observed.”


Williams, who is an electrical and refrigeration teacher at the Grafton Campus, says the school is privileged to receive the donation.


“We are absolutely delighted to receive this equipment, and are extremely grateful to AIRAH for choosing us as one of the recipients of these donations,” he says. “We have already found a multitude of uses for them and can integrate them seamlessly into our teaching day.


“The fact that they are demountable and pack neatly into custom-built carry cases is an unexpected, yet most welcome aside in a facility where space is a premium and many trades share the same teaching space.”


In 2007 Cox established and was director for the AIRAH ARC Assessment Program, which was partially funded by the federal government under the EPTLP (Experienced Persons Transitional Licence Program). It assisted over 300 tradesmen in more than 30 locations from Hobart to Cairns over a two-year period to gain the appropriate qualification to claim an ARC licence and continue to serve the industry.


The donation was the third recent occasion on which AIRAH had consigned refrigeration simulation training equipment to a TAFE desperately in need of it.


The other beneficiaries of such a bestowal have been Regency TAFE in South Australia and Skills Institute in Tasmania.


“AIRAH expended a huge amount of time and effort to develop a tool to conduct mobile recognition of prior learning assessments on experienced candidates,” Cox says. “When it comes down to it though, they are a modern, safe and engaging training tool.”


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AIRAH releases Best-Practice Guideline for Building Management and Control Systems (04/08/2011)


AIRAH has released its Design Application Manual for Building Management and Controls Systems (DA28). The manual is designed to assist building practitioners understand and manage the rapidly developing world of digital controls in the built environment.


“The motivation behind producing DA28 is to standardise and promote best practice in the controls industry,” says AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH.


“The manual provides an overview of the entire controls story, from first principles and fundamentals to initial concept, through design and installation to operation, maintenance, and, eventually, upgrade and commissioning.”


The manual was put together by a group of subject matter experts chaired by Jonathon Clarke, M.AIRAH, who is associate - controls and integration, for Norman Disney & Young’s Sydney office.


Clarke says controls can be a contentious subject, and that controls are often incorrectly blamed for poor building performance.


“DA28 is intended to bridge the skill gap between the controls industry, design engineers and building operators,” Clarke says.


“DA28 outlines a generic process for the design and implementation of controls systems, and includes specific detailed and technical information relating to controls systems for HVAC&R and related services.”


The principles and processes outlined in DA28 can be confidently applied to any control system and to any building, regardless of type and size.


Helping to define and standardise the way that control systems are developed, the manual also outlines the critical issues around controls, and promotes a common language.


DA28 includes subjects such as the scoping, design and procurement of systems; the issues of building services’ integration; the process and pitfalls of system installation; and system commissioning.


It also provides a series of recommended sample control routines that can be applied to a range of equipment to achieve robust and energy-efficient results.


“We set out to produce a manual suitable for an industry that’s often perceived as being full of ‘mysterious’ technology,” Wilkinson says. “With DA28, we’ve developed a guide that covers the critical issues, and is both accessible and applicable.”


Copies of DA28 are now available for purchase via the AIRAH online store or by calling the AIRAH office on 03 8623 3000.


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Registrations open for Building Simulation 2011 (08/07/2011)


Registrations have opened for Building Simulation 2011, which will take place in Sydney from November 14-16. The biennial conference is being co-hosted by AIRAH and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) for the first time.


Designed as a unique forum for the exchange of ideas, BS2011 brings together simulation researchers, developers, building designers, and government legislators.


Boasting a theme of “Driving better design through simulation,” conference chair Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, says Building Simulation 2011 will reveal how simulation can be implemented as a key component in helping to improve building performance. 


 “If you’re interested in how building simulation is increasingly being embedded in the design process – and you should be if your goal is to deliver high-performing buildings – then it makes sense for you to attend this conference,” Bannister says.


The interest in what is increasingly becoming an essential design tool has been underlined by the astonishing number of abstracts (more than 800) submitted. Almost 500 papers have been forwarded to the conference committee from all over the world. During the three-day conference more than 300 of these will be presented in concurrent sessions, covering a broad swathe of topic areas that takes in:


  • How simulation is influencing design
  • Case studies of simulation in practice
  • Validation, calibration and testing
  • Comparisons with real-world outcomes
  • The latest simulation developments
  • Use of BIM
  • Application in the regulatory process
  • Human aspects of building simulation
  • Building services
  • Simulation, commissioning and controls
  • Advances in building physics


Three distinguished keynote speakers - Professor Dr Ardeshir Mahdavi, Dr Ellen Franconi and John Mitchell - have been named for Building Simulation 2011.


Prof Dr Mahdavi is the director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Franconi is a senior consultant (buildings) with the esteemed Rocky Mountain Institute in the US, and Mitchell chairs the Australasian chapter of buildingSMART.


Registration details and more information are available at Building Simulation 2011.


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Registrations open for AIRAH's Refrigeration Engineering Conference (04/07/2011)


Registrations have opened for the AIRAH conference Refrigeration Engineering: Preparing for a Low Carbon Future, which will be held in Melbourne on July 27.


AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says the moment is right for those involved in the industry to gather and discuss the industry’s pressing issues.


“We felt that it was time to give some more attention to the ‘r’ in AIRAH, and that there was a critical need for a refrigeration conference,” Wilkinson says.


A looming potential carbon tax, the phase-out of particular refrigerants, and the much-discussed skills shortage mean the industry is poised at a critical juncture.


“The refrigeration industry is in a state of change - some might say siege,” says conference committee member David Upward, product development manager for Heatcraft.


“MEPS, global warming issues and changes to safety standards will require the most significant changes to commercial system design since CFCs were introduced,” Upward says. “It is necessary to bring these issues to the attention of many industry stakeholders, otherwise they may find they do not have a business or a job in the near future.”


Conference committee member Darren Hill, M.AIRAH, says that in an era influenced by the Montreal Protocol, environmental issues justify hosting the conference.


“With an emissions trading scheme or carbon tax becoming a step closer, we need to ensure that our industry fully understands the implications of our actions in respect to current design and installation practices,” says Hill, who is South Australia and Northern Territory state manager for Bitzer Australia.


Hill’s fellow committee member, Scantec’s Stefan Jensen, M.AIRAH, says the conference presents an opportunity to discuss how a carbon tax can be turned into a business opportunity; to devise a road map to make natural refrigerants more palatable from a regulation point of view; and to discuss an overhaul of the rules and regulations governing refrigeration system installations of all refrigerant types.


Jensen hopes delegates emerge from the conference with a vision for the future, and an understanding of how environmental protection initiatives worldwide can affect the activities of all industry stakeholders.


Hill says the conference has considerable awareness-raising potential.


“If our delegates walk away from this conference with a greater understanding of the impact we can make as individuals and within our professional lives to the betterment of the environment we live in, this is a good thing,” he says.


Says Upward: “Many stakeholders may not be aware how much change is going to occur. They need to be made aware, firstly, and secondly, gain an understanding of the solutions that they will have to implement in their work and what their legal position will be.”


To register for the conference and discover more about the program, go to Refrigeration Engineering Conference 2011.


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AIRAH Technical manual is a world first (27/06/2011)


AIRAH has released DA29 – Evaporative Air Cooling Systems, a guide to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of evaporative coolers.


AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says the manual, produced with funding from the Victorian government, is a world’s first.


“This application manual provides information on the whole evaporative air cooling story: what they are, how and where they work, comfort expectations, how to design, install, operate and maintain them, and how to improve the performance of existing systems,” Wilkinson says.


AIRAH was engaged by the government to begin looking into the issue of water use in evaporative coolers, and funded a stakeholder workshop where manufacturers, installers, maintainers and water chemists met to provide recommendations to improve water use in existing residential and non-residential evaporative coolers.


The results of the study were used to formulate two end-user guides – one for residential users and another for non-residential users, as well as DA29.


DA29 editor Vince Aherne says modern evaporative air coolers are compact, well designed and efficient.


“When applied in the correct climate conditions they can provide comfort cooling at a far lower electrical demand than refrigerative air conditioning alternatives,” Aherne says. “This means lower operating and infrastructure costs and less greenhouse gases produced.” 


Aherne says DA29 is a practical reference.


“Written in plain English, DA29 provides essential information for the buyer, designer, installer, owner, operator and maintainer of any evaporative air cooling system,” Aherne says.


Also available are the residential and non-residential online user guides, which can be downloaded free of charge at www.airah.org.au


DA29 is now available. Copies can be ordered through AIRAH's online store.


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AIRAH launches new, innovative and dynamic online cooling tower tool (06/06/2011)


AIRAH, with the support of the Victorian government, has developed a unique online resource to encourage efficiency in the operation of cooling towers.


Mycoolingtower.com.au is a dynamic, innovative new website that provides indicative efficiency measurement of water use in cooling towers based upon user-defined input,” says AIRAH chief operations officer Neil Cox.


“It’s an easily accessible device capable of an accurate and informed calculation of water use in cooling towers".


“Anyone - be they a facility manager, building manager or building owner -  who is looking for more information about the conservation of water in their existing or proposed cooling towers now has fantastic resource at their disposal.”


It’s estimated that cooling towers can account for about 30 per cent of a site’s total water use.


“Given that water is becoming an increasingly valuable - and expensive - resource in parts of Australia, it makes sense to be able to assess a cooling tower’s water use,” Cox says. “This is especially important when simple adjustments to cooling towers can save substantial amounts of water and money.”


Cooling towers in Australia use a considerable amount of water. Indeed, there are an estimated 30,000 cooling towers operating in the country, many using between 5,000 to 10,000 litres per day. This equates to more than 150,000 million litres nationally, which is about the same amount of water used by 200,000 homes.


“It’s a confronting statistic, which only serves to underscore the absolute necessity for a useful site such as mycoolingtower.com.au,” Cox says.


“Not only can it supply solid data on water use in cooling towers, it’s also a repository of information and resources about cooling towers that will be added to over time with the latest case studies and information. If cooling towers is a subject about which you’d like to know more then mycoolingtower.com.au is the logical place to start.”


To visit the site, go to www.mycoolingtower.com.au

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Nominations open for the Australian HVAC&R Industry's most coveted awards (25/05/2011)


Nominations have opened for the AIRAH Awards 2011.


Through its annual AIRAH Awards, the Institute recognises outstanding achievements in the HVAC&R industry throughout the past year. In 2011, AIRAH will again acknowledge excellence at a national awards presentation dinner in Melbourne to be held on October 20 at Crown Casino.


The awards are open to individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, and recognise work carried out during 2010.


There is one winner per category. Winners receive an award in recognition of their achievement, and coverage in AIRAH publications Ecolibrium and HVAC&R Nation. 


Nominations are now being called in several award categories, including for the James Harrison Medal, the highest honour AIRAH can bestow on an individual; the AIRAH Award for Excellence in Sustainability; the AIRAH Award for Excellence in Innovation; the AIRAH Award for Excellence - Best Sustainable Retrofit; the AIRAH Future Leader Award; the AIRAH Student of the year Award; the W.R. Ahern Award; and the Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R.


The AIRAH Award for Excellence – Best Sustainable Retrofit is a new category for 2011, recognising the important role refurbishing existing buildings plays in both the professional lives of AIRAH members and in improving the energy efficiency of the built environment.


All awards are annual, with the exception of the James Harrison Medal and the Denis Joseph award for innovative use of solar energy in HVAC&R, which are judged on the merit of the entries and may not be awarded every year.


AIRAH chief operating officer Neil Cox says the AIRAH Awards are an essential component of the Institute’s activities.


“The prestigious AIRAH awards are all about acknowledging and bestowing kudos on the HVAC&R industry’s finest practitioners, projects and products,” Cox says.


“By lauding our members’ achievements we bestow the imprimatur of a 90-year-old organisation, AIRAH, which has made the quest for excellence one of its defining characteristics.”


Nominations close August 26; the nomination form can be downloaded at the AIRAH Awards 2011 page.

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AIRAH responds to DCCEE invitation to comment on the proposed carbon price mechanism and architecture (10/05/2011)



Last month the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency called for written submissions from interested stakeholders on the proposed architecture and implementation arrangements for a carbon pricing mechanism. AIRAH’s response to the DCCEE is titled  Job creation and emissions abatement opportunities in the HVAC&R Industry.


Download AIRAH’s response Job creation and emissions abatement opportunities in the HVAC&R Industry


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New directors elected to AIRAH Board (10/05/2011)



Following AIRAH’s annual general meeting held yesterday, three new directors have formally joined the AIRAH board, replacing three board members whose terms concluded.


The new directors, who will serve two-year terms, are Sydney-based Simon Wild, M.AIRAH, who is Cundall Australia CEO; Dr Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, Queensland leader of AECOM’s Building Engineering business; and Bryon Price, M.AIRAH, strategic development director at AG Coombs Group, based in Melbourne.


Departing the board are Nicholas Duncan, M.AIRAH, Jeremy Stamkos, M.AIRAH, and Graham Boyle, M.AIRAH.


AIRAH president Sean Treweek, M.AIRAH, says the new trio brings a formidable array of experience and skills to the national board.


“AIRAH is poised at an exiting time in the HVAC&R and building industries, with many challenges and opportunities before us,” Treweek says.


“Simon, Nathan and Bryon are three highly credentialed building services professionals, and will be real assets to the board. All three have already contributed to AIRAH in various ways, and now that relationship has become a formal one. I welcome their elevation to the board, and look forward to their continued contribution in helping to shape the Institute’s future.”


Groenhout, a mechanical engineer by training, has spent the past 10 years working in the area of environmentally sustainable design as a researcher, academic and consultant. He has focused on the areas of occupant thermal comfort, passive design strategies for effective ventilation and holistic sustainability. Most recently this work has focused on sub-tropical and tropical climates.


Wild is the CEO of Cundall Australia, managing director of Cundall Asia, and an international partner of the Cundall Group. A co-founder of the firm in Australia, (which he helped grow from two to 70 people) and founder of Cundall Shanghai (2006) and Cundall Hong Kong (2008), Wild has a background in building services engineering, with a focus on sustainability.


Also a mechanical engineer, Price has notable experience in energy-efficient buildings. In his role with the A.G.Coombs Group, he has been responsible for a wide range of energy and environmental projects. A particular area of knowledge and interest is whole-of-life energy and environmental management in buildings.


Price also has a strong track record of constructive industry and policy advocacy.


Treweek acknowledged the efforts of the departing board members.


“Nicholas, Graham and Jeremy made a substantial contribution to the board and to the Institute at a critical time in its 90-year history,” Treweek says. “AIRAH owes them a debt of gratitude.”



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Professor Robert Hill to host function at AIRAH Pre-loved Buildings Conference (03/05/2011)



The chair of Low Carbon Australia, Professor Robert Hill, will host an important social function at the AIRAH Pre-loved Buildings Conference to be held in Perth from May 23-24.


On the evening of May 23 Professor Hill will host a cocktail function, sponsored by Low Carbon Australia, to which conference delegates are invited.


The Perth Pre-Loved Buildings conference event is the fifth in the successful AIRAH series, which focuses on optimising the performance of the existing building stock.


“We are delighted that Professor Hill will be able to appear at the Pre-loved Conference,” says AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH. “As the chairman of Low Carbon Australia he is across the issues involved in retrofitting existing buildings to bring them up to speed and make them energy-efficient.”


Professor Hill was appointed chair of Low Carbon Australia (previously Australian Carbon Trust) in June 2009. He was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006.


Most recently, Professor Hill was the Australian ambassador to the United Nations for Australia. He is Adjunct Professor in Sustainability with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where he is involved in the development of the $2 million Dow Sustainability Program.


At the function Professor Hill will present on the Low Carbon Australia energy efficiency program, which concentrates on retrofitting non-residential commercial buildings.


The keynote speakers for the conference have also been announced, with AIRAH president Sean Treweek, M.AIRAH, and Western Australia Building Commission executive director Peter Gow taking on board the roles.


“Sean will set the scene for the conference, providing an overview of the issues surrounding existing buildings, the current drivers and future challenges faced by the sector,” AIRAH events manager David Leach says.


Gow is responsible for building control, construction policy and building regulation in Australia’s biggest state. He is the Western Australian representative on the Australian Building Codes Board and registrar under the Western Australian Construction Contracts Act.


Registrations for the conference have opened.



For more information and a full conference program, go to www.airah.org.au/preloved2011


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AIRAH Refrigeration Conference calls for abstracts (29/04/2011)



In Melbourne this July AIRAH is holding a conference dedicated to refrigeration: Refrigeration Engineering – preparing for a low carbon future. Abstracts are now welcome.



AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson says the time is right for AIRAH to host a refrigeration conference.



“With a carbon tax looming, refrigerants being phased out, and a skills shortage having an impact, the refrigeration industry is poised at a pivotal moment,” Wilkinson says. “There are technical issues to be dissected and bigger-picture items to be discussed.”



AIRAH is calling for 300-400 word abstracts. Topics and case studies may include, but are not limited to:


• Regulation, Australian Standards and policy
• Trends in International Standards
• International safety in refrigeration – flammable refrigerants
• Montreal Protocol as a vehicle for HFC phase-out – latest international developments
• Latest in energy efficiency/carbon reduction technology and practices
• Implications of a carbon tax
• R22 phase-out
• Issues for small, medium and large-scale contractors
• Refrigeration into the future – how to prepare for change
• Addressing the skills shortage
• Maintenance and refrigerant leakage
• Benchmarking in the industry
• Government initiatives
• Litigation - liability for manufacturers, installers, end user/employers
• Modelling system energy consumption
• Tri-generation for refrigeration
• Renewable energy sources
• Refrigeration technology and climate



Abstracts are due May 16. All submissions must be sent with a 50-100 word author bio.



Sub-head: Who should submit an abstract?


• Government: state, federal, and associated consultants
• Commercial and industrial refrigeration
• Energy conservation technology
• Food industry: Entire food chain (storage, transport, processing, retail)
• Wine industry
• Health industry: blood banks/hospitals/pharmaceuticals
• Marine and mining



For more information, go to www.airah.org.au/refrigeration2011.


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Keynotes named for Building Simulation 2011 (28/04/2011)


Three distinguished keynote speakers - Professor Dr Ardeshir Mahdavi, Ellen Franconi and John Mitchell - have been named for Building Simulation 2011, which will take place in Sydney from November 14-16.


The conference, which will explore how simulation is being used to improve building design, is being co-hosted by the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and AIRAH.


Prof Dr Mahdavi is the director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Franconi is a senior consultant (buildings) with the esteemed Rocky Mountain Institute in the US, and Mitchell chairs the Australasia Chapter of buildingSMART.


Building Simulation 2011 conference chair Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, says securing the trio as keynote speakers is quite the coup for the event.


“Being able to attract presenters the calibre of Prof Dr Mahdavi, Ellen Franconi and John Mitchell to Building Simulation 2011 speaks volumes about how highly regarded the event is by building simulation professionals around the world,” Bannister says.


“These three speakers are representative of a comprehensive program that promises to cover a broad swathe of issues, from how simulation can influence the design process to the human aspects of the indoor environment.”


Prof Dr Mahdavi’s area of research and teaching covers building physics, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, computational building performance simulation, and building systems control. He has directed a number of international research efforts around eco-efficient buildings, indoor climate, integrated computational design support systems, building automation, and human factors. Prof Dr Mahdavi has pioneered the introduction of human ecological reasoning in building science.


Beyond his role with buildingSMART, Mitchell is the principal of the consulting company CQR, which focuses on the application of construction information technology, specialising in BIM and open-standard model sharing.


The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Franconi has worked in the building energy field for nearly 25 years. She has performed simulation analysis to support research, utility demand-side management programs, measurement and verification, and integrated design assistance. Her work is application-focused, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges modellers face. A board member of IBPSA-USA, Franconi is vice-chair of the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) committee.


Registrations for the conference open in July. Registration is online, at www.bs2011.org.au or www.airah.org.au/bs2011

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