Events and conferences

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day is taking place on June 23 with the theme “Inventors and Innovators”. Also known as INWED, the event celebrates the achievements of female engineers around the world. The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in the UK originally launched the initiative, which now has an international reach and UNESCO patronage. The idea […]

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Survey open on energy audit standards

A survey is under way to provide feedback on Australia’s energy auditing standards, and ultimately help businesses identify and implement high-quality energy-efficiency projects.  Standards Australia released a series of standards for energy auditing in 2014 that set out the minimum requirements for commissioning and conducting three prescribed types of audits that identify opportunities for cost-effective […]

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NATSPEC offers training on specification writing

NATSPEC is hosting seminars across Australia in July and August to provide an introduction to specification writing. The seminars will cover the detailed use of SPECbuilder Live (for use on all operating systems) and Microsoft Word in specification writing, using NATSPEC and/or AUS-SPEC templates. Topics will include: The role of specifications as a tool for quality […]


UNEP looks to the sea for a cool change in Egypt

The International Energy Agency states that cooling technology creates more than 7 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In Egypt during summer, approximately half of the country’s electricity goes towards air conditioning. Temperatures can hit 40°C and remain in the high thirties throughout the season, especially in cities experiencing the urban heat island […]


Government safeguard for construction industry

The Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) is promoting a financial safeguard that may be of interest to businesses in the building and construction industry, including HVAC&R: the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). The PPSR is a public noticeboard of security interests in personal property, and provides a way for businesses to help get their invoices paid […]

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A deep dive into refrigeration systems

AIRAH is hosting a Technology Talk webinar on Thursday, June 30 about refrigeration systems. The session will include an onsite live demonstration streamed to the audience. Owner of Freeze Point Refrigeration, Morty Al Mandalawy, will present information on: The impact of system superheat versus evaporator superheat How the refrigeration system should be evacuated correctly How […]


The new insulation on the block

A report by researchers featured in Nano Letters has revealed a new type of lightweight foam could reduce energy costs by more than a third. Made from wood-based cellulose nanocrystals, the material is thermally insulating, can reflect sunlight and emits absorbed heat. The researchers connected the cellulose nanocrystals together with a silane bridge, before freezing and […]


New method for dissipating heat in electronic devices

A research team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and University of California (UC) Berkeley has published a paper that explores a new cooling method for electronic devices. Electronic devices often generate high temperates, and these need to be cooled to prevent the device being compromised or damaged. Traditionally, exisiting cooling methods can have […]