August 2018







Fab lab
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When it comes to sustainable laboratory design, global thinking can lead to local benefits, writes David Keenan
A story of fire and cold

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When fire destroyed the only supermarket in a small Victorian country town in 2016, all that was left – ironically – was a children’s firetruck amusement ride. Two years on, the Beechworth supermarket has now been rebuilt with an Australian-first refrigeration design, as Sean McGowan discovered.

Low-down on the phase-down

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The Australian HFC phase-down commenced on January 1. Six months later, apart from some high-level industry discussions and government communications, there does not appear to be a great deal of awareness or change happening on the ground in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry at the grass-roots level.

Prospects of powering a refrigerated warehouse with renewable energy

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Although net zero energy buildings have been successfully demonstrated at residential and small to moderate commercial building scales, they have not been demonstrated for more energy-intensive operations such as food production or large refrigerated storage facilities. 

By Douglas Reindl, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE; Marc Claas and Jake Denison