A resilient built environment is capable of withstanding extreme events while providing shelter and essential services to people within, and be reasonably returned to normal operation after such events. 

These events include: extreme weather events such as storms, floods, cold-snaps and heatwaves; bush fires; utility outages resulting in loss of power, water, telecommunications, and other associated disruptions. A more resilient built environment should also consider appropriate safeguarding against local or direct catastrophe (building attack) and social unrest (protests, service strikes, occupations, riots). 

A resilient built environment is also capable of adapting to changing conditions while maintaining functionality and economical operation.  In addition to the changing Australian and global climate — which will see increased temperatures, sea-levels, storm surges and increased flooding, altered rainfall, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events — other relevant changes that the built environment may experience include changing building program needs, changing regulations, changes to energy costs, and disruptive economic activities.

As a critical enabler of the Australian economy, the HVAC&R sector does not have a unified strategy in safe-guarding the built environment and its occupants during these extreme events. 

AIRAH members are involved at all points of the lifecycle of HVAC&R systems: research and development, equipment manufacture and supply, integrated design, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance and decommissioning. 

Through these activities AIRAH members have considerable influence in creating a more resilient future through the implementation of practical measures to design more resilient built environments and HVAC&R equipment; as well as implementing best practice installation, operation and facilities management practices. 

AIRAH Resilience Checklist The AIRAH Resilience Checklist (November 2021) seeks to set down knowledge of current practice regarding the resilience of HVAC&R systems and components. The document will be of use to all those engaged in the energy-efficient planning, design, construction, operation, servicing, and management of buildings and HVAC&R systems.

Download the Resilience Checklist




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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 Resilience, 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:  

  1. Promote industry leadership with a whole-of-supply chain approach encompassing the following key focus areas:
  2. Be a reference point for government in shaping relevant policy relating to the environmental, economic and social impact of HVAC&R and related systems.  
  3. Make submissions on behalf of members to influence policy setting, as collectively agreed by members, and work with government at all levels to establish workable regulations, frameworks and guidelines. 
  4. Identify and seek external funding for collaborative projects that support the objectives and aims of AIRAH and its members. 
  5. Provide guidance to the HVAC&R industry to develop a considered, integrated and technically objective approach to Resilience.  
  6. Create special interest groups led by industry knowledge champions to help further the interests of the Committee, AIRAH and its members where needed. 


  • Published the Resilience Checklist in 2021
  • Hosting the AIRAH Resilience Forum 2018 in Sydney
  • Hosted three face-to-face workshops in 2017
  • Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH, delivered a presentation on the AIRAH resilience task group for the AIRAH NSW division 
  • Resilient Design lessons from Superstorm Sandy, presented at AIRAH Future of HVAC conference 2016 
  • Resilient HVAC  presented at The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Conference 2016
  • Resilient HVAC, presented at the ASBEC Resilience launch, 2016 
  • A Breath of Fresh Air, presented to the Urban Design Institute of Australia, 2016
  • Presented papers at past Future of HVAC Conferences and at ARBS
  • Ecolibrium: Resilience round table discussion 
  • Ecolibrium: Mr Resilience 
  • Participating in the ASBEC Resilience Committee, which has developed three resilience fact sheets: Cities, Housing and Infrastructure
  • Participation in resilience work with the Green Building Council of Australia 
  • Participation in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
  • Supporting City of Sydney and City of Melbourne resilience projects
  • Working with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) engineering and architecture students to help develop Resilient Design research papers for themselves, and content for AIRAH
  • Currently developing a set of Resilience for HVAC Design Guidelines for AIRAH


 Deliverables and communications

The Committee aims to deliver the following:

  1. Input to AIRAH’s formal responses to government and stakeholder policies and papers
  2. Resilient HVAC&R awareness amongst membership and broader property world.
  3. AIRAH branded white paper, design guideline, or a series of shorter reference documents.
  4. List of gaps in fundamental knowledge, best practice, or standards that require additional scrutiny or support through broader partnerships. 



The Resilience STG is currently working on:

  • Increasing awareness of resilience as a design principle
  • Gathering knowledge of resilient design approaches and strategies
  • Filling resilience knowledge gaps specific to HVAC&R industry
  • Developing resilient design issues and design strategies across four industry segments:
- Building/system design
- Equipment engineering
- Installation and related construction
- Facility O&M.
  • Developing information graphics to communicate the issue and opportunities
  • Researching future climate data
  • Publicising resilient design of HVAC&R and the built environment.



Co-chairs: Alan Fok, M.AIRAH, and Liza Taylor, M.AIRAH

Associate Director: Liza Taylor, M.AIRAH

Committee members:
  • Scott Gregson, M.AIRAH
  • Ben Price, Affil.AIRAH
  • Kerryn Wimot, Affil.AIRAH
  • Arthur Melnitsenko, Affil.AIRAH
  • Lasath Lecamwasam, F.AIRAH
  • Martin Ryan, M.AIRAH
  • Melissa Barlow
  • Nicki Parker, M.AIRAH
  • Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH
  • Rene Le Mier, M.AIRAH
  • Satya Prasad Mavuri, M.AIRAH
  • Wendy Miller, Affil.AIRAH
  • Yale Carden, M.AIRAH.

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Membership is open to any financial AIRAH member. If you are interested in being involved please email [email protected] or call 03 8623 3000.