Get involved with AIRAH


AIRAH offers members plenty of opportunities to get involved with our activities. You could, for example, participate in our events or technical committees, or contribute to our publications. 

And the invaluable support from members lending their time and expertise forms a major part of AIRAH’s capacity to provide core services. It’s part of the reason why AIRAH is Australia’s leading HVAC&R organisation. 

Not only will contributing to AIRAH provide members such as yourself with better information, opportunities and industry ties. It also offers you the chance to connect and network with some of the HVAC&R industry’s leading practitioners, with AIRAH staff – and through the experience of volunteering – to be involved in something bigger than yourself.

To talk about any of the opportunities below in more detail, contact our head office on 03 8623 3000.

The following are just some of the ways you can get involved with AIRAH:

Review a Design Application Manual

AIRAH publishes a variety of technical manuals. Keep an eye on the AIRAH newsletters for the opportunity to review public draft versions during the development of our manuals.

Join a committee

AIRAH calls on the technical expertise of its members for many of its activities, and has committees with members located throughout Australia. Some of these committees are long-term commitments; others are one-off projects.

Types of AIRAH committees include:
  • State divisions – Each Australian state and territory has a dedicated committee tasked with organising monthly events for members in that state.
  • Conferences – Planning committees contribute technical knowledge to shape conference programs, which are different each year.
  • Special Technical Groups  – AIRAH has a series of autonomous groups that provide expertise to group-led projects. The groups include Refrigeration, Solar Heating and Cooling, Building Physics, Resilience, Big Data and ESD (environmentally sustainable design). If you are interested in joining or starting a Special Technical Group please email stgs@airah.org.au for more details.
  • Portfolio Groups – These assist in steering actions and undertaking work that aligns with the strategic goals of the organisation. They also act as a sounding board for management, helping to shape AIRAH’s activities and direction. The groups include Membership, Young Professionals and Centenary.
The "AIRAH Committee guide" is available to download here. The guide has been prepared to help AIRAH members understand the roles of AIRAH committees, within the structure of AIRAH as an organisation. It supports committees in planning, organising, communicating and improving their operation and making sure the rules of AIRAH are followed. It is intended as a guide and is based on requirements of the AIRAH Constitution 2015 and the AIRAH Bylaws. These are the governing documents of AIRAH. 

It also explains how the committees engage with the Board at the National Reference Group and how they feed into the AIRAH Board selection process at the AIRAH Annual Convention.

Contribute to AIRAH’s magazines

AIRAH has two monthly national print publications: Ecolibrium  and HVAC&R Nation . Industry news and stories are welcome for both.

For Ecolibrium, all story and technical paper submissions should be sent to the editor, Matt Dillon, matt@airah.org.au

To submit a story idea for Ecolibrium, either complete an Ecolibrium article pro forma and send to the editor, or simply send an introductory email. Ideas welcome.

AIRAH is always seeking technical papers of merit for publication in Ecolibrium. Technical papers must comply with the technical paper guidelines. All technical papers submitted for publication in Ecolibrium are required to undergo a peer-review process. Once submitted, the paper will first be reviewed internally, before being sent to two independent external reviewers with relevant expertise. At each stage of the process, comments and recommendations will be sent to the author for alterations as required. If the paper passes the review, it will then be eligible for publication in Ecolibrium.

Review technical papers

If you have particular expertise or experience in a certain field, and have some spare time, reviewing papers is a great way to contribute to the high-standard technical information we provide in our magazines. To express your interest, contact Ecolibrium editor, Matt Dillon, matt@airah.org.au

Present at a conference

AIRAH is always looking for speakers for our national conferences, and regularly advertise our call for abstracts. Contact conference organiser, Emily McLaughlin, emily@airah.org.au for more information.

Recommend a topic/project

If you have completed work on a project that you think would be of interest to others, let your state executive officer know and we can consider it for a write-up in our magazines or a site visit.

Training

Provide your expertise to course material, or lead a training session as a facilitator. For more information, contact training@airah.org.au

AIRAH board

If you have an interest in being an AIRAH federal board director please contact AIRAH to find out your eligibility and the process involved.

Representing AIRAH

AIRAH often calls on its members to represent the Institute in an official capacity to other industry organisations, on Standards committees, and other industry-related tasks. These opportunities are usually advertised in our weekly enewsletters.

Industry representation

AIRAH's strategic aims include informing regulation and collaborating with industry on important standards, guides and a range of industry initiatives. These initiatives generally involve participation and collaboration in or through a group formed for the project and managed by a third party.
If you would like to get involved, please click here for more information. 

Maintaining the maintenance manual

AIRAH has released a draft revision of the highly regarded Application Manual AIRAH DA19 HVAC&R maintenance that is now available for industry/public review and comment.

If you have an interest in the maintenance and performance of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems and equipment then you should obtain, review and comment on the draft document. The review period extends from August 27 to September 28, 2018.

The focus of the manual is to assist building services engineers, maintenance engineers and plant engineers in the development and review of routine, preventative and predictive maintenance programs for HVAC&R plant and systems. 

It also provides building and system owners, managers and operators with a structured way for developing and implementing a maintenance plan for their HVAC&R assets. The document provides guidance on the preparation of maintenance contracts for HVAC&R and the procurement of maintenance services, including setting performance standards for both systems operation and maintenance delivery.

The draft manual provides a guide to the programming of the maintenance tasks required for the most commonly found HVAC&R plant items and systems. Detailed preventative maintenance schedules for these HVAC&R plant items are provided. These are now, in this draft revision, reformatted to highlight industry best practice, good practice and mandatory or compliance-based maintenance tasks and frequencies.

The draft now includes much more information on predictive maintenance strategies and how to incorporate predictive maintenance elements into a preventative maintenance plan. The revision also includes new material on; maintenance budgeting, critically assessing HVAC&R assets for risk, and the digitisation of maintenance management, delivery and practice.

Reducing energy use, conserving water, managing refrigerants and water treatment chemicals are all issues directly linked to and addressed by HVAC&R maintenance. This draft manual discusses HVAC&R maintenance in detail and outlines a range of optimisation procedures that can be applied across the range of building stock and systems, from large systems associated with commercial and industrial buildings, to smaller light commercial and residential systems and to systems associated commercial refrigeration or industrial processes.

The draft is available for comment in two parts, DA19 HVAC&R Maintenance and DA19 Appendix A HVAC&R maintenance schedules. AIRAH invites comments from all stakeholders and anyone interested in HVAC&R systems and equipment. More information is available here


EL-031 Intruder Alarm Equipment and Installations

AIRAH is calling for nominations from any AIRAH members interested in participating in the technical committee EL-031 Intruder Alarm Equipment and Installations.
 
This is a new position and nominees will need to be confirmed by Standards Australia. The committee will be revising AS 2201.2 Intruder Alarm Systems – Monitoring Centres.

All self-nominations must be from AIRAH members and should be in accordance with the AIRAH Representation on Third-Party Committees Nomination process and member requirements document. This document outlines the open and transparent process that AIRAH goes through, to identify and nominate an AIRAH member to represent the Institute and the responsibilities of representation. Members should read this document before self-nominating.

All members nominated to a Standards Australia Technical committee will need to demonstrate a commitment and ability to comply with the Standards Australia committee member deed (available on request) prior to nomination.

EL-031 Position Role Requirements

AIRAH are looking for a member to represent the Institute in a new position on this committee. 

It is proposed that the Technical Committee will consider updates to content on indicating and recording equipment, the monitoring centre shell, attack resistance, door and entrance construction, air-conditioning, fire systems, power sources, telephones and clocks, system availability and alarm processing time. A detailed scope is available. Please email phil.wilkinson@airah.org.au.