Opinion: Mario Balen on national licensing

HyChill General Manager Mario Balen, Affil.AIRAH, shares his views on national HVAC&R licensing in Australia. The HVAC&R trade is widely regarded to be under-recognised, poorly regulated and, on average, inadequately trained. Attempts have been made for many years to address some, if not all, of those shortcomings, with little success so far. The end result […]

Events and conferences

i-Hub Digital Summit

AIRAH and the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) are hosting a free online knowledge-sharing summit in June and July. The series of three webinars will bring together leading universities, researchers, consultants, building owners and equipment manufacturers in a connected research and development community. They will discuss the i-Hub projects, their progress, and key findings […]


Licensing survey results now online

Earlier this year, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) ran an online survey to collect input on its position statement for HVAC&R licensing in Australia. The position statement, developed by AIRAH’s Refrigeration Special Technical Group, will define the Institute’s stance on HVAC&R licensing in Australia, and will serve as an advocacy tool for […]


Legionnaires’ warning for Perth

The Western Australia government is reminding building managers to maintain cooling towers and flush other water systems that may not have had regular use recently – including showers, emergency eye baths, spas, fountains and ice machines – to prevent Legionnaires’ disease. The warnings follow five cases of Legionnaires’ disease notified to the Department of Health […]

General News


The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and the Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers of New Zealand Inc., (IRHACE) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding. Although the two member bodies have co-operated on initiatives and knowledge sharing for many years now, the arrangement has always been an informal one. […]

Events and conferences

AIRAH to hold Virtual Industry Showcase

On June 26, AIRAH will be celebrating World Refrigeration Day by staging its first ever Virtual Industry Showcase. Forming part of AIRAH’s Centenary celebrations, the exhibitor showcase and networking event is open to organisations, professionals and practitioners working in HVAC&R. In step with AIRAH’s ongoing COVID-19 response in converting some of its physical events into […]

Public Comment

Expanding the NCC energy pathway

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) is compiling input from members on a NABERS-proposed update to a verification method in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC). NABERS is proposing a modification of JV1 NABERS Energy for Offices. The method currently uses Commitment Agreements to demonstrate energy efficiency requirements for office buildings. The […]


Heads-up on heating from Standards Australia

As winter approaches and people start heating homes and other buildings, Standards Australia has sent out a message to raise awareness about safety and energy efficiency. Standards Australia notes that standards set out requirements for the safe design, use and energy consumption of heaters and similar electrical appliances heavily used in winter. It also points […]


Restarting hibernating HVAC systems

The Property Council of Australia, Facility Management Association (FMA) and the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) have called on building owners and facilities managers to commence careful planning for the safe reopening of commercial buildings and workplaces across Australia. The advice comes as the national cabinet and state governments announce easing […]