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AIRAH launches Resilience Checklist

The 2021 IPCC climate change report highlighted that Australia will be exposed to even more heatwaves, cold snaps, and floods. Coupled with the risk of infrastructure and utilities failure, potential terrorist or cyber-attacks, these acute shocks and chronic stresses can have a significant impact on our lives and our livelihoods.

Within the built environment, HVAC&R has a leading role to play. As a critical enabler of the Australian economy, the HVAC&R industry has both direct and indirect roles to play in safeguarding the built environment and its occupants.

Last week, Liza Taylor had the honour of launching the AIRAH Resilience Checklist at the Future of HVAC 2021 conference. We are really proud to have played a part in bringing this initiative to life.

Working together with AIRAH and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Global IQ Group developed the checklist through research and consultation with industry to encourage a greater focus on resilience in the built environment.

Designed for professionals and practitioners, the aim of the AIRAH Resilience Checklist is to provide specific HVAC&R guidance and tools to bridge the knowledge gap across the wider industry, improve specialist technical expertise, guide procurement processes when selecting equipment and build industry capability.

By adopting these resilience principles, a direct outcome is an improvement in the energy efficiency of buildings, which will provide both short and longer-term economic benefits. Many of these strategies support the pathway to Net Zero buildings.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to making this Resilience Checklist a reality. Projects like this demonstrate the depth and breadth of experience across the industry and by working together, we can make a significant difference in “building back better”.


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