A breakthrough for cool roofs?

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have designed a new system that could help keep roofs cool by radiating heat into outer space, without consuming electricity. The system consists of a polymer/aluminium film installed inside a box at the bottom of a specially designed solar shelter. The film cools its surroundings by absorbing heat from […]

Education Events and conferences

AMCA celebrates industry achievements

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) has held its Annual Training Achievement Awards in Melbourne. The awards recognise apprentices and trainees who have achieved excellence in the early stages of their career with AMCA member companies. The awards were hosted by former Olympian, Nicole Livingstone. She introduced the individual winners in three categories: […]

Events and conferences

ISCA annual conference and awards

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is holding its annual conference and awards in Melbourne from October 15–17. ISCA is a member-based, not-for-profit peak body operating in Australia and New Zealand with the purpose of enabling sustainability outcomes in infrastructure. Its annual conference, #ISCACONNECT, is aimed at sustainability managers, engineers, consultants, project teams, government, […]


Wilkinson moves on from AIRAH

After almost 18 years with AIRAH, Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, has resigned his position with the Institute to seek new opportunities in more people-oriented roles. During his tenure Wilkinson has held several key positions including Technical Manager, Business Development Manager, CEO, and most recently as the Executive General Manager – Technical Services and Government Relations. “Throughout […]

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O’Connell confirmed as Standards Australia CEO

Standards Australia has announced the appointment of Adrian O’Connell as its new Chief Executive Officer. O’Connell has been Standards Australia’s acting CEO from March 2019 and was formerly Deputy CEO and General Manager International and Corporate Services since 2014. “The board is delighted to confirm Adrian as our Chief Executive Officer,” says chairman Richard Brooks. […]

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Legislation Updates News

Professional registration bill passed

The Victorian parliament has passed legislation to introduce compulsory registration of engineers. The move is in line with the recommendations of the Building Confidence implementation plan, which seeks to restore the public’s trust in Australia’s building industry. Top priority in the plan is a consistent national approach to the registration of those involved in the […]


Brennan wins bronze at WorldSkills Kazan

Refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice Patrick Brennan has claimed a Bronze medal at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia. Russian champion Akeksandr Leushin shared the gold with Korea’s JuHwan, the pair scoring 747 and 745 respectively, ahead of Brennan on 739. In total there were 28 competitors in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning […]

Refrigerant offences

Crackdown on refrigerant offences

The Department of the Environment and Energy has issued a number of fines for offences under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989. A New South Wales-based refrigeration mechanic has been fined $2,520 for discharging R410A while installing an air conditioning system. According to the Department, the offender holds a permit issued […]