James Victor Harrison

Vale to Harrison’s grandson

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry owes much to James Harrison (1816–1893). He emigrated to Australia from Scotland in 1837 and later developed the first successful large-scale ice making machinery sold to industry. He also founded The Geelong Advertiser, was an editor at the The Age and was a member for the town of […]

Gillies Hall

Passivhaus presentation on podcast

AIRAH has released a new episode of the podcast AIRAH on Air, which features a presentation from Clare Parry, M.AIRAH, at the Institute’s Building Physics Forum in 2019. Parry, from Grün Consulting, presented a detailed case study of Australia’s first scale Passivhaus building: Gillies Hall at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus in Frankston, Melbourne. Gillies Hall […]


New guide on moisture control

AIRAH is releasing the latest design application (DA) manual into its stable of technical publications in August: DA07 Criteria for Moisture Control Design Analysis in Buildings. The purpose of the manual is to specify performance-based design criteria for predicting, mitigating, or reducing moisture damage to the building envelope, materials, components, systems, and furnishings, depending on […]

Events and conferences

Speakers announced for Outlook 2020

AIRAH has announced a stellar line up of speakers for the Outlook 2020 Conference, slated to take place in Sydney from November 8–10. The conference celebrates AIRAH’s centenary year by bringing together industry experts and practitioners to share the latest HVAC&R developments, trends and technologies. AIRAH’s Education and Technical Services Manager, Brendan Pejkovic, says Outlook […]

water-filled windows

Water-filled windows make a splash

Loughborough University’s Dr Matyas Gutai has developed a system that can allegedly save up to 72 per cent more energy than buildings fitted with traditional heating systems and double glass. The material he uses? Water. “Water-filled glass” (WFG) involves a sheet of water being trapped between a panel of glass. Gutai has been researching the […]

Global Resiliency Dialogue

International response to resilience

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has teamed up with leading industry organisations to launch a new initiative to coordinate an international response to improving the resilience of the built environment. Together with the National Research Council of Canada, the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the International Code Council; the ABCB […]