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IOR celebrates anniversary with historical talk

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) will be marking the 121st anniversary of its formation with a networking event and webinar talk.

Titled “The History of Air Conditioned Buildings”, the online presentation will trace the development of mechanical air conditioning in buildings, from the early 20th century when it was mainly used in the manufacturing sector to the post World War II building boom when air conditioning became essential for most types of building, irrespective of climate.

The talk will also touch on key inventions, inventors, and the pioneer engineers who in those days were treated as celebrities.

The IOR was formed on the December 8, 1899, at a meeting chaired by R Leonard with 16 individuals. It was initially known as the Cold Storage and Ice Association, reflecting the early days of refrigeration in the UK, which was based on ice imports.

The event will be presented by David Arnold, a partner of Troup Bywaters + Anders Consulting Engineers. Since the mid-1960s, Arnold has been actively involved in the design of air conditioning in buildings such as the Parliamentary Offices in Whitehall, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, IBM Manufacturing Plant, Greenock, 1 Victoria Street, and the Barclaycard Headquarters in Northampton.

He has written several papers on the subject published by ASHRAE, including two on air conditioning and the evolution of modern office building design to celebrate the society’s 100th anniversary. He is currently completing a new book, The History of 20th Century Air Conditioning.

The presentation will be held on Friday, December 4 from 3–4.15am (NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas) | 2.30–3.45am (SA) | 2–3.15am (Qld) | 1.30–2.45am (NT) | 12–1.15am (WA).

Click here to join the free webinar.

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