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New standard for facilities management

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the fourth standard for facilities management, ISO 41001. Stan Mitchell, Chair of the ISO technical committee that developed the standard, said that ISO 41001 will help organisations by establishing a common approach and set of processes that can be used throughout the world. “ISO 41001 has the […]

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Sustainability Victoria offers money for HVAC upgrades

Sustainability Victoria is offering funding of up to $30,000 to boost the performance of commercial buildings and realise the huge savings in energy and greenhouse gas emissions it has identified in a new report. The report, Next Wave Refresh 2018, analyses Victorian commercial building stock, including retail, healthcare and accommodation in Melbourne metro and regional […]


Share your experiences of working in RAC

OzonAction, in cooperation with UN Women, is seeking short “stories” about women working in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector. OzonAction is launching a global initiative to raise awareness of the opportunities available to women in the industry, and to highlight the particular experiences and successes of women working in the sector. The aim […]


WELL Workshop

What is the WELL Building Standard and how can it nurture health and well-being? The WELL Building Standard marries best practice design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions to support human health, well-being and comfort. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)  is holding a full-day workshop to explore the concepts behind the WELL […]


Applications are open for the Young Leaders Program

Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government. Applications are now open until June 30 for the 2018/19 Young Leaders Program. Through the program, participants will access training and gain […]

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A trade cooler than the rest

The Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) in Victoria has produced a fantastic video to promote the industry and the benefits of choosing a career in air conditioning and refrigeration. “Typically, people wanting to become tradies select the more commonly known trades such as plumbing, carpentry and electrical,” says Kate Storer from GOTAFE. “Being a […]

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A.G. Coombs issues advisory note

After a very dry start to the year across much of mainland southeastern Australia, A.G. Coombs has issued an advisory note: Managing Resilient Buildings – Preparing for Dust Storms. “It is important particularly during the drier months in Australia to plan for extreme weather events such as dust storms,” the company says. “In September 2009 […]

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Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2018

Nominations are open until June 7 for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards. The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. The awards reflect the action that is happening across industry, business and community from regional to metropolitan Victoria. The Awards have 10 award categories to enter in […]