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Aurecon strengthens infrastructure team

Design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed two new leaders to shape its global infrastructure advisory business. Georgia Gosse joins as Infrastructure Advisory Principal and Queensland Regional Service Group Leader, working across all sectors. Julian Mitton joins as Principal in the firm’s New South Wales Infrastructure Advisory. An infrastructure sustainability and risk-management consultant, Gosse […]

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ARBS 2022 Awards finalists announced

Ahead of ARBS 2022 in Melbourne on August 16–18, the finalists have been revealed for the ARBS 2022 Industry Awards. A panel of industry experts evaluated and selected the finalists based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance, and origination. The award winners will be announced and honoured at a gala dinner on Wednesday […]

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ABC celebrates ‘forgotten’ godfather of refrigeration

Australian refrigeration pioneer James Harrison has featured in an episode of ABC rural affairs program Landline. Ahead of the Scotland-born innovator’s birthday on April 17, the program charted Harrison’s exploits in creating an ice machine in his adopted Victorian home of Geelong in the mid-1800s. Landline also explored reasons for Harrison’s lack of renown given […]

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Apprentices complete Kirby Scholarship Program

Recently, 10 fourth-year HVAC&R apprentices participated in the first round of the Kirby Apprentice Fund Naturals Training Scholarship Program. The apprentices were selected from across mainland Australia. Kirby Brand and Communications Manager Elizabeth Paparo, Affil.AIRAH, says the scholarship recipients were selected from a large pool of applicants. She says the 10 demonstrated a commitment to […]

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Infrastructure Sustainability Council calls for industry shake-up

Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability Council has released two new agendas that it hopes will bring the building industry together around a shared vision to address climate change and combat inequality. The first agenda, Advance our nations, fair – world-class infrastructure for thriving nations, explores barriers to world-class infrastructure performance. The second, Place-based approaches to net zero, […]


Using supercomputers to study COVID in classrooms

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) are using supercomputers to study how aerosol viral particles are distributed in a ventilated classroom. The research is being used to determine optimal placement of HVAC outlets to minimise “dead zones” and maximise ventilation and therefore improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Using the Summit, the […]

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AIRAH granted membership of Standards Australia

The Board of Standards Australia has granted the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) membership of Standards Australia. The nation’s peak non-government standards-development organisation, Standards Australia operates as an independent, non-government, not-for-profit outfit. The work of Standards Australia and its contributors from industry, government and the consumer sector enhance the nation’s economic […]

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New research aims to end the refrigeration of vaccines

CSIRO researchers have developed a technique that addresses the challenges inherent in transporting temperature-dependent vaccines. The aim and hope of the research is to increase access to vaccines for those in rural and remote communities in Australia and developing countries.  The World Health Organization estimates that every year at least 50 per cent of vaccines […]