Breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health. Australians spend 90 per cent of their time indoors – either in the home, office or other types of buildings – where airborne particles, gases, chemicals, mould and other pollutants can cause headaches, eye irritation, allergies and fatigue. Serious pollutants can cause certain types of cancers and other long-term health complications.
Clean air through a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can prevent many environmental health hazards such as asthma. According to Asthma Australia, asthma affects one in nine Australians (around 2.7 million people).
The purpose of this AIRAH Special Technical Group is to provide members with a platform for involvement in issues that affect their industry in relation to indoor air quality, including: policy advice; regulation development; plus the development of, and access to, industry-leading advice. This platform will promote a whole-of-supply-chain integrated view on issues related to the activities of the group and AIRAH, along with best-practice delivery in the Australian and international community.
The committee aims to:
Identify and seek external funding for collaborative projects that support the objectives and aims of AIRAH and its members.
- Provide guidance to the HVAC&R industry to develop a considered, integrated and technically objective approach to indoor air quality.
- Be a reference point for government in shaping relevant policy relating to the environmental, economic and social impact of HVAC&R and related systems.
- Create special interest groups led by industry knowledge champions to help further the interests of the committee, AIRAH and its members where needed.
Deliverables and Communications
The committee aims to deliver the following:
Input into AlRAH's formal responses to government and stakeholder policies and papers
- White paper analysing indoor air quality and its impact on the HVAC sector
- Dependent upon the level of interest generated within the membership of AIRAH, there is potential to deliver an STG specific workshop or conference
- Review and update the DA26 Indoor Air Quality technical manual and the HVAC Hygiene manual, with the aim of increasing their usefulness and impact
- Support the promotion and development of the relationship with NADCA in supporting the ASCS training certification.
Office bearers and committee
Jeremy Stamkos, M.AIRAH
Ivi Sims, AM.AIRAH
Scott Gregson, M.AIRAH
David Jones, M.AIRAH
AIRAH Director responsible for committee
If you are interested in being involved, please email email@example.com