AIRAH supports established HVAC&R term definitions

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has formally recognised five key refrigeration term definitions that were established by an international group of experts.

AIRAH has joined a list of international partners – including the French Refrigeration Association (AFF), the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and the Global Cold Chain Alliance – to officially endorse the fundamental terms.

For more than a year, experts from the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have been working together to create agreed-upon harmonised definitions for terms used by both organisations to characterise the refrigeration sector.

In 2017, the ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.6, Terminology (TC 1.6) worked with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from ASHRAE and the IIR to establish super-harmonised definitions for the five refrigeration terms – cooling, refrigeration, chilling, freezing and cold-chain. When the terms were officially agreed upon by both organisations last year, they called on the support of all national and regional organisations and associations.

As a member of the ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance (AASA), AIRAH has agreed to adopt and disseminate these definitions, supporting the goal to reach greater harmonisation on an international level.

“The harmonisation process takes definitions for the same term from different sources and merges them into typically one definition,” says Fellow/Life Member at ASHRAE, Art Hallstrom.

“Harmonising terms allows people to talk with each other and be on the same page to create high performance buildings.”

“Harmonising with other organisations outside ASHRAE enhances communications inside and outside both organisations. The results are generally better products and increased brand visibility for both organisations.”

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