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New HVAC&R Technical Handbook released

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has released the sixth edition of its Technical Handbook.

The Technical Handbook was first published in May 1989, and has a long history as a “go-to resource” for those working in the HVAC&R industry. Over the years, AIRAH members have helped develop, review, and curate the content.

“The Technical Handbook is AIRAH’s flagship technical publication,” says AIRAH Chief Executive Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “It represents the combined knowledge and insights of over 40 leading AIRAH members and the HVAC&R community – all in one resource.

“It has been developed by HVAC&R practitioners for HVAC&R practitioners to use in the field.”

Gleeson says the Handbook’s easy-to-use and logical structure makes ideal for all HVAC&R practitioners.

“It goes beyond just making a conclusion based on the data presented, and gives real-world considerations and insights to support high-quality work,” he says.

The Handbook summarises the key components of AIRAH’s Design Application (DA) manuals. The new edition is being released after a review in 2020.

According to the editor of the Handbook, Vince Aherne, F.AIRAH, every edition of the Handbook builds on the previous one.

“The improvement of the Technical Handbook is forever ongoing,” he says. “This edition incorporates a great deal of new data for members.”

The sixth edition includes new and updated information on the following topics:

  • Design data
  • Climate data in appendix K and on the website 
  • Air distribution
  • Thermal comfort
  • Residential cooling analysis
  • Particulate air filters
  • Maintenance of HVAC&R
  • Noise and vibration
  • Refrigerants
  • Refrigeration.

AIRAH members are able to purchase the hard copy for $149 here, and access the Handbook digitally. Non-members are invited to purchase a one-year AIRAH membership and the Handbook for $574, and save $35 on a one-year Affiliate membership.

More information about the Technical Handbook is available here.

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