Events and conferences

ASHRAE seeks papers on efficient building design

ASHRAE is calling for papers for the Fourth International Conference on Efficient Building Design. The conference is being held on October 1–2, 2020, at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. The focus of the fourth ASHRAE Beirut Conference is on novel building technologies that enhance environmental quality in buildings. The conference will present advanced research on […]

Demand response
Public Comment

Consultation on “smart” demand response

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council has drafted a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for certain electrical appliances to be demand-response capable. The South Australian Government is leading the consultation under the Energy Equipment Efficiency (E3) Program. The consultation paper re-examined and updated the modelling that was undertaken in 2013/14, quantifying energy network peak cost […]

Chill Challenge

The Chill Challenge

Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB-USA) is launching the Affordable Off-Grid Refrigeration Challenge this month. Refrigeration is acknowledged as a key in social and economic development. But up to two billion people worldwide do not have access to reliable refrigeration. EWB-USA notes that refrigeration is a particular challenge because some people acquire electricity through “mini-grids” or […]

Legislation Updates Public Comment

Residential rethink in NCC 2022

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has been directed by the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) to investigate possible changes to the energy efficiency provisions, with an emphasis on residential buildings in the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). The ABCB has produced a scoping study to begin the process. The study outlines a […]


More awards for MHIAA

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) has added another accolade to its trophy cabinet by taking out the 2019 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award. Receiving five stars for overall satisfaction, functionality, reliability, quietness and four stars for ease of use and value for money, MHIAA was the only brand in the air conditioners category […]

Public Comment

New minimum standards for large AC

New greenhouse and energy minimum standards (GEMS) have been drafted for air conditioners above 65kW. They are open for public comment. There are currently no minimum energy efficiency requirements under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act for air conditioners over 65kW capacity to be sold in Australia. There are, however, requirements in the National […]