AIRAH refrigeration resources

AIRAH is recognised by industry and government – in Australia and internationally – as an authoritative source of information about refrigeration and refrigerants.

Gathering independent scientific and technical knowledge in every sector of refrigeration, AIRAH advocates proactively with bodies that develop associated regulations, codes, and standards.

AIRAH and our international partners share their collective knowledge and experience on committees and task forces to educate members and the wider industry on various aspects of refrigeration.

With a commitment to disseminating knowledge of refrigeration to improve the quality of life for all, AIRAH does this while respecting the environment, considering economic imperatives, and taking action to implement sustainable refrigeration in all its applications.

We invite you to explore these refrigeration resources below and to get involved with our Refrigeration Special Technical Group (STG).

Technical resources

DA12 Energy Efficiency in Cold Rooms
DA12 Energy Efficiency in Cold Rooms
The definitive reference for walk-in cold room energy efficiency in Australia.
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DA21 Ammonia Refrigeration
DA21 Ammonia Refrigeration
Information and best practices for all types of ammonia systems.
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AIRAH Flammable Refrigerant Safety Guide
Flammable Refrigerant Safety Guide
This free guide is designed to improve awareness of how to best manage the health and safety risks associated with the use and management of flammable refrigerants in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
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HVAC&R Skills Workshop
HVAC&R Skills Workshop – Refrigeration
Skills Workshop is the exclusive monthly skills section in our HVAC&R News publication, curated with a focus on upskilling in the HVAC&R trade sector. It includes how-to guides, overviews, safety guides, standards updates, training tips, plus much more.
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Streamline sessions

AIRAH members have free access to our library of webinars, including sessions on:

International publications

Natural refrigerants case studies

  • History of flammable refrigerants
    Dr Daniel Colbourne charts the use of flammable refrigerants from the middle of the 18th century to the present day in this paper.
  • East coast chill factor
    Aldi supermarkets in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by using R290 hydrocarbon chest freezers in their retail frozen food departments.
  • Sirromet Winery ammonia (NH3) chiller
    The Sirromet Winery, located 40 km south-east of Brisbane, upgraded its refrigeration equipment with a new ammonia chiller plant.
  • Supermarket energy and TEWI comparisons
    This case study compares five different options of providing refrigeration to a large supermarket of around 4000 m2. The TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact) method of calculation has been used to compare the global warming effect of each of the options.

Education and training

AIRAH's technical courses

AIRAH’s technical courses

As a specialist HVAC&R industry education and training provider, AIRAH offers face-to-face, online, and in-house professional development opportunities for those working in the industry.

Our refrigeration courses include:

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Real Alternatives 4 Life

Real Alternatives 4 Life

The European F-Gas Regulation encourages wider adoption of alternatives to refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP).

Industry groups have joined together to provide education on the safe use of alternatives such as ammonia, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide, and low flammables though the free REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE online learning program.

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ASHRAE / UNEP eLearning

ASHRAE and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have partnered to create web-based, interactive learning courses, in addition to other free resources (available via the ASHRAE UNEP Portal).

Modules include:

  • Refrigerants Literacy
    A basic understanding about refrigerant types, policies, classifications, and management practices for non-specialists in the field. This module can also serve as an introduction to refrigeration basics for those new to the industry.
  • Sound Management of Refrigerants
    A review of best practices for key environmental issues, ASHRAE standards, and refrigerant terminology for refrigeration and air conditioning specialists. This module also provides an introduction to refrigerant management programs, certification schemes, and relevant policies and regulations.
  • Energy Efficiency Literacy for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
    Education for developing country policy-makers, business leaders, and community stakeholders about the benefits of air conditioning and refrigeration, the scientific principles involved, and factors contributing to maximum energy efficiency.

AIRAH members receive free access to these modules! For information on how to enrol, click here (please note you will be prompted to log in to your AIRAH member account).

AIRAH’s Refrigeration STG and Refrigeration Conference

The Refrigeration Special Technical Group (STG) provides AIRAH members with a platform for involvement in issues that affect the refrigeration industry, including policy advice, regulation development, sustainability and environmental impact, and much more.

The STG also assists in the planning and programming of our annual Refrigeration Conference.

We invite you to get involved with our Refrigeration STG and to learn more about their work.

This page was last updated September 28, 2022

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