Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue as a stakeholder member of the NABERS Steering Committee.

Stakeholder members of the Steering Committee provide industry insights that contribute to NABERS’ strategic direction and business planning. AIRAH will be represented on the NABERS Steering Committee by Bruce Precious, M.AIRAH, and Dr Vyt Garnys, M.AIRAH.

AIRAH Chief Executive Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, is excited by the work that NABERS is doing – and the role that AIRAH can play.

“As Australia’s peak membership body for professionals working in HVAC&R building services, we are in a prime position to contribute to the group,” says Gleeson.

“Those in our sector know that we have a major role to play in reducing the energy intensity of the built environment, and improving the safety and wellbeing of occupants. But we can only do that by working closely with the full spectrum of stakeholders. Being part of the NABERS Steering Committee allows us to do that.”

Members of the Steering Committee include the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA), Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), and the Property Council of Australia. Three industry organisations have joined the NABERS Steering Committee for the first time, while 11 others – including AIRAH – have been renewed for another three-year term, until the end of 2023.

"We are very fortunate to have a Steering Committee made of Australia’s leading building sustainability organisations, both in industry as well as government," says NABERS Director Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH.

“AIRAH and its members have been long-term supporters of NABERS, and they have led Australia’s transformation towards more sustainable buildings and HVAC over the past few decades. AIRAH has represented HVAC professionals and organisations in our Steering Committee for over 15 years now, and we are very grateful to be able to tap into their insights and expertise for a further three years.

“We are also really fortunate to welcome Bruce and Vyt into our Steering Committee,” says Flores. “They are both incredibly accomplished leaders, who have played a key role in helping shape NABERS and the broader building sustainability industry into what they are today.”

Bruce Precious is Principal Consultant at Six Capitals Consulting. He has been at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment sector for more than 20 years, working with a range of government and property-related businesses to transform how the property industry responds to the most significant environmental and social challenges. He is actively involved in initiatives related to sustainable cities, including technical working groups with Green Star, NABERS, AIRAH, and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings.

Dr Vyt Garnys is managing director of CETEC. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in scientific consulting, and more than three decades of indoor air and indoor environment quality performance assessment and consulting expertise. He is a founding member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), the chair of Standard Australia’s Indoor Air committee, and an active member of ISO Indoor Air sub-committee.

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) measures the environmental performance of buildings across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste efficiency and indoor environment quality. Over the past 20 years, it has helped users save $1 billion in energy bills, and 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Today, 78 per cent of Australia’s office space is rated with NABERS.

“NABERS is a shining example of what diverse industry groups can accomplish when we work together,” says Gleeson. “As a member of the NABERS Steering Committee, AIRAH looks forward to achieving even more.”