A new agreement between AIRAH and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will see the HVAC&R peak body assisting with a national delivery of co-branded OEH training courses in energy-efficiency.

The co-branded Energy-efficient commercial refrigeration, Introduction to HVAC and Advanced HVAC training courses will be delivered by AIRAH in all Australian states and territories, excluding NSW.

AIRAH will also work with OEH to develop information materials for the commercial refrigeration sector including an optimisation guide and fact sheets. A benchmarking tool for cools rooms and freezer rules is also on the drawing board.

“The agreement solidifies the parties’ commitment to enhance the skills, knowledge and opportunities for HVAC&R service providers to assist NSW businesses,” AIRAH chief executive Tony Gleeson said.

“It will also support both organisations’ current and future programs, schemes and related initiatives.”

AIRAH’s executive manager – government relations and technical services, Phil Wilkinson, said that following the successful release of the jointly developed HVAC Optimisation Guide there are moves afoot to further advance strategies that can enhance the sector’s capacity to deliver energy-efficient HVAC services.

Other areas the partnership will initially focus on include the NSW Energy Savings Scheme, NABERS and PRIME.

The PRIME initiative has recently seen changes in membership of its Steering Council, with Refrigerants Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association, and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association continuing to be involved in specific projects but not the overarching activities of PRIME.

Working group projects currently underway include an AIRAH-sponsored group collaborating with both federal and state and territory governments to develop a harmonised regulatory requirement for building commissioning.

A CSIRO sponsored modelling study is also investigating how HVAC&R can contribute to developing zero energy buildings.

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