The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is a technical member organisation with industry representation from all facets of the natural refrigeration community, including manufacturers, engineers, contractors, end-users, academics, scientists, trainers, and more.

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and the IIAR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen ties with respect to advocate for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants.

This formal agreement helps both Institutes in the advancing of the industry, and in the sharing of information. Members of each Institute will also benefit in shared access to technical resources, events, and education/training.

The key areas of the agreement include:


AIRAH and IIAR agree to explore opportunities to provide speakers at the other organisation’s meetings to help provide updates and perspectives on technologies and trends of mutual interest.
Where mutually beneficial, each organisation shall help publicise the other organisation’s meetings and promote attendance.


AIRAH and IIAR agree to coordinate promotion of joint grassroots meetings of respective members.


Where mutually beneficial and to the extent allowed by laws and corporate policies, AIRAH and IIAR agree to work together on common public affairs goals and ideologies. 
AIRAH and IIAR agree also to promote the other organisation’s events, publications, and other activities.


Recognising that electronic and print publications are a primary means of disseminating new technologies, trends, and practices, AIRAH and IIAR agree to:

  • Provide inter-organisational sales of materials, publications, and training at each organisation’s currently published member rates
  • Explore mutually beneficial ways to translate publications, if applicable, for member benefit.


As leading providers of conventional and online educational services and in recognition of the vital role professional development has for our respective members, AIRAH and IIAR agree to:

  • Cross-market educational offerings at the regional, national, and international levels
  • Explore opportunities to co-develop new courses or other training programs that take advantage of overlapping and complimentary expertise between AIRAH and IIAR
  • Discuss ways that certifications programs can be jointly developed or promoted.


AIRAH and IIAR agree to foster technical cooperation in areas of common interest by:

  • Encouraging members in each organisation to participate on technical committees and task forces
  • Providing opportunities to participate in and comment on proposed standards, guidelines, policies, and position statements developed on technical subjects as they relate to buildings and community developments
  • Establishing liaison representatives to key technical committees where mutually beneficial to do so.


Recognising the importance research plays in accelerating the transformation to a more sustainable built environment, AIRAH and IIAR agree to:

  • Promote research in areas where research results will add to the body of knowledge in industrial and commercial refrigeration design, efficiency, application and safety;
  • Disseminate research results quickly, focusing on high-impact findings; and,
  • Identify opportunities for research funding from other sources.

Last updated: November 26, 2020