Nicki Parker, M.AIRAH (speaking with Liza Taylor, M.AIRAH)
Norman, Disney & Young
Resilience in the HVAC&R Industry: Why should I care, and if I already do, what should I do about it?
Extreme weather, utilities failures and other catastrophic events are becoming more commonplace. As property owners, engineers, HVAC&R manufacturers, contractors and facilities managers, we all have a role to play in future-proofing our buildings and safeguarding our most important assets – our people.
Resilience is not just about enabling our buildings to withstand and, more importantly, bounce back from these events. Resilient HVAC&R can directly address the number one opportunity to reverse climate change with better refrigerant management, as well as reducing energy costs, extending asset life and improving comfort.
Parker and Taylor will summarise the current state of play of resilient HVAC&R and present the group’s vision in terms of what we, as an industry, can do to contribute to successful buildings, not just during normal operation, but at times when things don’t go to plan.
With nearly 12 years in building physics and sustainability consulting, Parker’s in-depth knowledge of applying complex principles to practical sustainable design provides value to built environment projects throughout the design cycle. Her skills are focused around sustainable design solutions and advanced computational modelling techniques.
Parker has worked in several sectors in order to incorporate sustainability as a key driver in the building industry. Her background in building physics is crucial in understanding how a building works, allowing project teams to pursue effective strategies – both from an energy consumption and cost perspective, and throughout the life of a building. This includes using climate change projections to quantify the potential impacts throughout the life of a development.
Parker is a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP), the vice-president for the Australian affiliation of IBPSA, and co-chair on the AIRAH Special Technical Group for Resilience.