Opinion

Compare the COVID-19 response to the constant wrangling, denials and arguments over climate action.

Best of all Virtual ARBS will continue throughout the entire month of May. Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this special feature and made our industry stronger.

If you work in the HVACR industry and are a little uncertain about current best practice, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Wherever possible it is business as usual. We will continue to keep industry informed with all the latest HVACR news and developments.

Besides natural refrigerants, there are many areas in this industry that have the potential to be turned on their head.

Rapid industry growth due to a construction boom, combined with an ageing workforce and changing technology landscape, has resulted in a significant skills shortage in the industry.

Government policies relating to development, building codes, practices, materials and installation methods may need to be revisited to minimise the almost certain future increases in property damage.

We know the government wants a strong workforce and has taken steps to identify the industries where shortages are the most acute. Surprise, surprise we make the top 10 every single time.

Increasing the charge limit for hydrocarbons is good news but there is still a long way to go, as there are many who believe the increase was too small.

One very basic distinction when discussing harmonics is whether the harmonics in question are voltage harmonics or current harmonics.

For policymakers, employers, parents and their children these facts, figures, forecasts and trends should be as equally alarming as our energy usage and carbon emissions.

Millennials do not care about ownership as much as experience and convenience. Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb have taken advantage of this change in mindset.

For suppliers and distributors, it means finding efficiencies in all areas of the supply chain, including distribution, which can be a significant cost in Australia.

The good news about an economic downturn is it forces the innovative leaders amongst us to think and come up with new systems and products, this is the time when the disrupters breakthrough the noise and change the market for the better.

I do not know of another industry that has so many trade groups and representative bodies – all with their own specific point of view – so reaching a consensus can be a challenge.

Incorrect setup negatively impacts commissioning times, leads to higher running costs and results in ongoing building control issues which can be difficult to rectify once the building has been handed over.