CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is the Australian Government agency responsible for scientific research. As Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, they solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.
In 2017, Global IQ Group was engaged by CSIRO to deliver a workshop as part of the development of the i-Hub initiative. Bringing together over 65 HVAC&R innovators, we delivered a stakeholder engagement session to generate valuable industry insights, playing an integral role in launching the initiative. Through our workshop, we were able to generate key industry insights that were used in i-Hub’s application for funding under the ARENA grants program.
The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) is an $18.4m initiative led by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) in conjunction with CSIRO, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong and supported by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to facilitate the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry’s transition to a low emissions future, stimulate jobs growth, and showcase HVAC&R innovation in buildings.
The objective of i-Hub is to support the broader HVAC&R industry with knowledge dissemination, skills-development and capacity-building. By facilitating a collaborative approach to innovation, i-Hub brings together leading universities, researchers, consultants, building owners and equipment manufacturers to create a connected research and development community in Australia.