July 2017






Utopia, Dystopia, or some place between? 
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There were eighty million smart home devices delivered worldwide in 2016, a 64 per cent increase from 2015. Consumer interest in smart homes hasn’t lived up to the hype. Dr Yolande Strengers and Dr Larissa Nicholls from RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research explore why. 
A heady brew

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Having already achieved a 6 star Green Star design rating and 5 star NABERS Energy rating since its completion in 2012, the designers behind an $80 million commercial office building in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct are not resting on their laurels in their pursuit of energy and water efficiency. 

WELL considered 

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Can our commercial real estate be an enabler of wellness? NDY Global Director Communications & Marketing Ric Navarro investigates.

The Finkel exposition

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The Finkel Review has been one of politics’ most anticipated documents in recent memory. Energy expert Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH runs his finely calibrated ruler over it.

Deep impact 

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If you were asked to list the key attributes of the HVAC&R industry, the words adaptation and innovation would be high on the list. This month, Ecolibrium future-casts the innovations set to change the way we work with four of our industry’s leaders.

Refrigeration, politics, and ‘the Donald Effect’
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The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) has historically been dedicated to promoting the safe use of ammonia as a refrigerant through the development of safety standards, education, advocacy, publication of technical information, and research promotion. 

By Bruce I. Nelson, P.E., M.IIAR, M.AIRAH
Standard operating procedure
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A proposed amendment to AS 1668.1:2015 has been released for public comment. Brett Fairweather, M.AIRAH, explains the ins and outs of what is proposed.