May 2018




Living landmark 
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International Towers Sydney is the new star of Sydney Harbour, and has also become the first project in the world to be awarded WELL certification at the Platinum level. Thanks, in part, to an innovative HVAC solution, the three commercial office towers are at the forefront of the world’s healthiest workplaces, as Sean McGowan reports. 
The equality equation 

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Like many countries around the world, Australia has made significant progress towards gender equality in recent decades, yet the gender gap in some industries remains prevalent – including our own HVAC&R industry. 

A plan for humanity 

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US sustainability champion Paul Hawken was in Australia recently to spread the word about his latest project, Drawdown. Mark Vender and Phil Wilkinson spoke to him about this initiative that offers a roadmap for us to save our planet – and reconnect as human beings.

Flying high

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Massive changes are under way at Brisbane Airport as the operator moves to meet the growing number of passenger movements. Aurecon senior mechanical engineer Danni Roberts, M.AIRAH, explains how the company handled the airport’s Domestic Terminal HVAC upgrade.

London calling 

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One of Canberra’s landmark commercial buildings is defying its age thanks to an energy overhaul that has reduced emissions by 37 per cent.

Comparison of building energy codes in Australia, United States and China for Australian commercial building energy conservation
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Building energy codes have been widely implemented in the world to regulate energy consumption and CO2 emissions from the building sector. In order to assess the impacts of building energy codes on Australian building performance, this paper has compared the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) with the USA ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and Chinese GB50189, in terms of the building envelope, HVAC chiller efficiency, internal load density, and HVAC temperature set-points. 

By Yunglong Ma, PhD candidate, Wendy Miller, Senior research fellow, Suvash.C Saha, Senior research fellow and Lisa Guan, Senior lecturer
Manifolding laboratory exhaust systems 
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With the relatively recent changes to AS/NZS 2243.8, it has become far more acceptable for designers to assess manifolding of laboratory exhaust systems during the early stages of a building’s development. 

By Geoffrey C. Bell, P.E.