There’s no better time to get involved with the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating.

AIRAH celebrates its Centenary in 2020. Our 100-year anniversary offers plenty of opportunities to collaborate with the industry and get involved with the Institute.

The invaluable support, time and expertise of AIRAH’s members enable us to provide core services for Australia’s HVAC&R industry. We thank all our members in advance for your commitment.

To talk about any of the opportunities below in more detail, please contact our national office at [email protected] or on 03 8623 3000.

Become an AIRAH member

Our Centenary year is the perfect time to join the only association for HVAC&R professionals and practitioners in Australia. Get involved with more than 4,000 other AIRAH members to help advance your career, expand your knowledge and skills, build your professional network, and give back to your industry.

Click here to explore our member benefits and offerings. You’ll receive free or discounted entry to our conferences, forums, divisional events and training programs; a subscription to Ecolibrium, AIRAH’s industry journal; digital access to a wide range of AIRAH’s technical publications; and much more.

Complete your CPD

Throughout your working life, undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) is an important way to expand your knowledge, keep your technical skills up to date and progress your HVAC&R career. AIRAH recommends members undertake 150 hours of CPD over three years.
CPD can be completed in a variety of different ways, comprising a mix of formal learning activities such as:
  • Post-graduate education
  • Professional development education
  • Workshops and training
  • Activities with AIRAH committees and other industry committees
  • Attendance/participation at conferences, forums and webinars
  • Publishing articles and papers in Ecolibrium or other industry journals
  • Contributing to AIRAH technical manuals.
It also includes informal learning activities such as reading relevant books, journals and technical manuals.

For more on CPD, please click here.

Contribute to our Centenary activities

AIRAH is celebrating 100 years of supporting HVAC&R  in 2020. We invite you to get involved by helping us look back at the industry’s rich history and sharing insights into what’s to come. We welcome your submissions of interesting and important digital photos, documents and memories (both of people and of projects), as well as your thoughts on where you see the industry going in the next 100 years.

Contributions can be emailed to [email protected].

If you are submitting digital photos or documents, please also provide a brief explanation of their relevance.

Visit http://airah100.org.au throughout 2020 for more information on AIRAH’s Centenary activities. 

We also hope you’ll join us for the Outlook 2020 International HVAC&R Conference and Awards Gala from November 8–10 in Sydney. Click here for more information.

Join a committee

AIRAH calls on the expertise of its members for many of our activities. To facilitate this, we have committees with members located throughout Australia. Some of these committees are long-term commitments while others are one-off projects. This includes:

State divisions Each Australian state and territory has a dedicated committee tasked with organising monthly events for local members.
Conferences/Forums Planning committees contribute technical knowledge to shape our conference/forum programs, which are different each year.
Special Technical Groups (STGs) AIRAH has a series of autonomous groups that provide expertise to group-led projects. These include:
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Building Physics
  • Commissioning
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design
  • Infection Control and Operating Theatre Practices
  • Refrigeration
  • Renewable Heating and Cooling
  • Resilience
  • Women of AIRAH.
If you are interested in joining or starting a Special Technical Group, please email [email protected].

The AIRAH Committee Guide is available to download here and has been prepared to help AIRAH members understand the roles of committees within AIRAH’s organisational structure. 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 AIRAH’s governing documents. 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.

Recommend a topic/project

If you have completed work on a project that you think would be of interest to others, please let your local membership services officer know. Suitable topics and projects are considered for write-up in our magazines and/or for site visits.

Contribute to AIRAH’s publications

AIRAH has two monthly national print publications: Ecolibrium and HVAC&R Nation. We also publish HVAC&R News, a site featuring the latest developments from around the industry. News and stories are welcome for these publications.

Ecolibrium: To submit a story idea, either complete an Ecolibrium article pro forma or send an introductory email, story or technical paper submission to the editor, Matt Dillon at [email protected].

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. Published technical papers are also eligible for the W.R. Ahern award at the AIRAH Awards, held annually.

HVAC&R Nation: Please submit story ideas for our monthly magazine for tradespeople and end users, including contributions for the Lighter Side, to editor Mark Vender at [email protected].

HVAC&R News: Story ideas and press releases for the HVAC&R News website can be emailed to [email protected] for consideration. 

Review technical papers

If you have expertise or experience in a certain field, reviewing papers is a great way to contribute to the high-standard technical information we provide in our magazines. To express your interest, please contact Ecolibrium editor Matt Dillon at [email protected]

Review a Design Application (DA) manual

AIRAH publishes a variety of technical manuals. This includes the development of new DA manuals, as well as essential updates aligned to industry standards and developments. To review public draft versions, please keep an eye on the AIRAH newsletters.

For more on AIRAH’s DA manuals, please click here

Assist with training

AIRAH offers a variety of professional development and training programs, eligible for CPD. Integral to this is industry involvement and oversight. If you have expertise or experience, please consider providing your time and assistance to reviewing course material or leading a training session as a facilitator.

For more information, please click here and contact [email protected].

Present at an AIRAH conference or forum

In 2020, AIRAH will host four major conferences and forums:
  Typically, we open our call for speakers and presentations online, approximately six to eight months before the event. For more information, please contact the Conference and Events Coordinator Emily McLaughlin at [email protected].

Nominate for an AIRAH Award

Each year, AIRAH celebrates the achievements of the HVAC&R industry at our AIRAH Awards gala dinner and presentation night. The AIRAH Awards recognise the excellence and achievement of high achievers, stand-out projects and ground-breaking research across a number of categories.

Finalists are selected by an independent judging panel, from nominees put forth by the industry. Nominations for the AIRAH Awards 2020 (part of AIRAH’s Outlook 2020 event) will open in February and are an essential part of the AIRAH Awards process. Please click here for more information on the Awards.

For more information, please email [email protected].

Take part in the conversation

Follow AIRAH on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to get involved with the latest news and updates. We also invite you to subscribe to and share the AIRAH on Air podcast (Apple/Spotify), featuring interviews and stories from around the industry.

Be part of the AIRAH Board

If you have an interest in being an AIRAH federal board director, please contact AIRAH at [email protected] to find out your eligibility and the process involved.

Become an AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng)

AIRAH is the only body solely focused on representing Mechanical Engineer – HVAC&R professionals.

Introduced for 2020, the AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng) is the professional accreditation for engineers operating in the HVAC&R industry and is designed to meet the requirements of the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and other state-based schemes as they are released.

A successful application to become an ARPEng will display to the industry – and to the public at large – your qualifications and commitment to the discipline. An ARPEng designation confirms that your skills, professional development and training are up to date, and that you are a qualified professional.

Represent 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 the AIRAH newsletters. AIRAH alternates publishing an industry newsletter and an exclusive member-only newsletter each fortnight. 

To subscribe, please click here.

Represent the industry

AIRAH's strategic aims include collaboration with government and industry on important standards, guides and a range of initiatives. Generally, this involves 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.

Support the industry

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This industry directory is the go-to site for exploring organisations in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, building services and business services space. Also look out for the HVAC&R Search Compendium – the annual hard-copy guide featuring the who’s who of Australian HVAC&R.

Follow the progress of the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub)

Announced in late 2019, the new Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) initiative, led by AIRAH – in conjunction with CSIRO, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong – and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), aims to facilitate the HVAC&R industry’s transition to a low-emissions future, stimulate job growth and showcase HVAC&R innovation in buildings.

“The objective of i-Hub is to support the broader HVAC&R industry with knowledge dissemination, skills development and capacity building,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “By facilitating a collaborative approach to innovation, i-Hub brings together leading universities, researchers, consultants, building owners and equipment manufacturers to create a connected research and development community in Australia.”

Follow the latest developments from i-Hub via its website and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.