NEXTgen program open for applications

Applications are now open to join Standards Australia’s NEXTgen program for 2022–23. The NEXTgen Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes. “Emerging leaders will share knowledge and collaborate, developing a deep understanding of what it takes to shape robust […]

Construction industry

Engineers Australia introduces construction AoP

Engineers Australia has introduced a new Construction Engineering Area of Practice (AoP). The new AoP will help maintain growth in the construction engineering industry to meet the demands of the nation’s construction sector. Engineers Australia has been working with the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) since 2020 in a collaborative effort to produce the AoP. Engineers […]

General News

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 […]

General News

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 […]


Top chefs serve up message about cooling

To celebrate World Refrigeration Day on June 26, United Nations Environment Program OzonAction, Chefs4thePlanet, and Global Food Cold Chain Council are partnering to explain cooling’s essential role in protecting human health and the planet. The Cooling Keeps Food Fresh campaign will describe why cooling is necessary for food safety and how it supports nutritious diets […]


Towards a better performance metric for cooling

Key players behind the Global Cooling Prize have launched a project to establish new performance metrics for air conditioners that will promote the uptake of next-generation technology. The Global Cooling Prize was an innovation competition that offered prizes for developing a room air conditioner with five times less climate impact than a standard model in […]

Legislation Updates News

Hydrocarbons the future for residential AC?

Industry stakeholders have applauded a revised International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) safety standard that will allow larger charges of flammable refrigerants in household appliances such as air conditioners, heat pumps and dehumidifiers. In particular, it could open the way for greater use of hydrocarbons in residential air conditioning. Standard IEC 60335-2-40 deals with the safety of […]


New body to focus on commissioning

A new association focusing on commissioning has formed and is seeking industry support. The Testing and Commissioning Association (TACA) began when a group of building commissioning organisations saw a lack of ongoing professional development and local support for the Australian and Asia-Pacific commissioning industry. The association consists of commissioning specialists from around Australia and says […]


ARC seeking field officers

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is recruiting field officers to help support the ARCTick national licensing scheme. Candidates should have RAC experience, communication and people skills, a positive “can do” attitude and a desire to help the industry to save the planet through the ARCTick licensing scheme. ARC chief executive officer Glenn Evans says the […]

IIR report

Sustainable development in refrigeration

The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has released its corporate Activity Report, detailing how the Institute has set its strategy and actions within the framework of the sustainable development of the refrigeration sector. The IIR states refrigeration is present in most areas of human activity, and is absolutely necessary for life. The Institute defines its […]