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Aussie Centre of Excellence wins international award

The HVAC Centre of Excellence at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus in Melbourne has won a prestigious CIBSE Building Performance Award in the Learning and Development category. The awards, open to any organisation internationally, recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The 2020 awards were presented at a gala dinner […]

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ARC flags ‘sub-standard’ Queensland licence

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has called out Queensland for putting consumers at risk with a “sub-standard RAC licence”. The licence is part of the new mechanical services regulations that came into effect on January 1 this year. “The major issue is that one of the qualifications required for the Queensland licence does not specify […]

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Grant funding for better buildings

Applications are open for round one of the City of Sydney environmental performance grants. Through the grants and sponsorship program, the City aims to enable residents and businesses to improve their environmental performance. The City provides funds to reduce carbon emissions, save water and cut operating costs in buildings. Recipients can commission energy and/or water […]

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Coronavirus and HVAC

Since the first case was detected in China in December 2019, the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread rapidly. It has now infected nearly 25,000 people, about 500 of whom have died. On January 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency. Although the vast majority of coronavirus patients […]

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RAC course shut down

Trades College Australia in Punchbowl, Sydney, has lost its RTO status for issues related to the delivery of recognition of prior learning (RPL) for refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) courses. The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) worked with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the training industry regulator, on the case. ASQA took action against Trades […]

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Beijer Ref acquires ACD Trade

Global refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref AB has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in the Australian HVAC company ACD Trade. ACD Trade is a leading HVAC distribution company in Australia with around 60 employees. The company supplies the market with well-known brands and has a wide range of products, which includes both HVAC units […]

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R32 expanding rapidly in EU

The Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA) has predicted the R32 market share for split systems in Europe will exceed 80 per cent by 2023. According to its research, R32 accounted for approximately 37 per cent of the market in 2019. R32 has a lower global warming potential (GWP) than other refrigerants (of 675), […]