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Michael Bennett becomes new ARC chair

The Australian Refrigeration Council’s (ARC) has appointed Michael Bennett as its new chairman. He replaces outgoing chairman Kevin O’Shea, who stepped down from the role after reaching the term limit under the ARC’s constitution. Bennett is moving from his long-held role as General Manager at Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA). Since RRA’s commencement in 1993, he has […]

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Focus on flammable refrigerants

The HFC phase-down has seen increasing use of refrigerants with lower GWP but higher flammability such as R290 (propane) and R32. In turn, this has raised major concerns about the safe use of these gases. According to the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), recent workplace fire incidents involving flammable refrigerant gases have “directly contributed […]

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BBP calls to expand the band

The Better Building Partnership (BBP) has launched the Expand the Band campaign to revise outdated set-points and deadband temperatures in Australian office buildings. The campaign offers building owners a simple and extremely low-cost way of reducing energy costs and emissions. Currently, most commercial leases specify a set-point temperature of 22°C. This is based on 1950s […]

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Daikin acquires major refrigeration business

Daikin has confirmed plans to purchase AHT Cooling Systems – a European manufacturer of plug-in refrigerator and freezer systems – for €881m (Au$1.38bn). AHT has its headquarters in Austria, as well as major facilities in China, the US and Brazil. It sells its products to 115 countries worldwide, and boasts a client list that includes […]

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Conex Bänninger strengthens local presence

Conex Bänninger has appointed Nick Ryan, Affil.AIRAH, as Specification Manager for Australia and the South Pacific. Ryan has extensive experience within the HVAC&R sector, having worked for Conex Bänninger’s partner, the Reece Group, where he held positions in field marketing supporting key brands, business development and branch management. “I’m delighted to be joining the Australia […]

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Mandatory disclosure for tenants

A new report produced by Energy Action and EnergyConsult for the City of Sydney has highlighted the benefits of expanding the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program to include tenancies. The CBD program is a national initiative that requires energy efficiency information to be provided when commercial office spaces of 1,000m2 or more are sold or […]

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Smart Buildings Summit

The Smart Buildings Summit is being held in Sydney from November 28–30. The event will examine smart buildings from the developer, tenant and user perspectives. More than 30 speakers will explore the latest trends, strategies and technologies that are transforming the use of space and workplace productivity. Developers will also discuss their latest smart building […]

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AIRAH launches HVAC&R podcast

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has released the first episode of a new podcast that will explore key issues in HVAC&R and the built environment, and their impact on the wider world. AIRAH on Air is a monthly podcast hosted by regular Climactic podcaster Mark Spencer with commentary from industry […]