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AIRAH’s Commissioning Workshop 2015 program announced

27th July 2015

A compelling program has been announced for the inaugural staging of AIRAH’s Commissioning Workshop, which will be held in Sydney on Thursday, September 10. Scheduled to take place at The Mint, the Workshop will feature seven speakers covering a range of subjects related to building commissioning. 

AIRAH chief executive officer Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, says it’s a no-brainer to have a workshop focused on commissioning.

“AIRAH’s Commissioning Workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding this essential but often neglected – or incorrectly performed – facet of our industry, in the one-day format our conference delegates have told us best suits them,” Wilkinson says.

Commissioning Workshop committee chair Neil Caswell, M.AIRAH, says commissioning is all about making sure HVAC&R systems deliver what they are designed to do.
“Correct commissioning,” he says, “is essential to deliver a properly functioning and performing building.”

Caswell says that among other topics featured at the Workshop will be discussions around new technologies and innovations and their benefits; the benefits of having commissioning done properly; opportunities to standardise training and education of commissioning technicians across Australia; and the absolute necessity of including commissioning in the BCA. 
Speakers will also cover issues such as metering and tuning.

Andrew Crabtree, M.AIRAH, will give attendees an insight into the objectives and the methodology of building tuning. “With the development of remote-data-access options and analytic software, it is now feasible to achieve very detailed analysis of building performance and adjust building services systems to deliver the best outcomes within the capability of their design and building usage,” Crabtree says. 

Crabtree will discuss data acquisition, monitoring of metering systems, energy/water consumption and distribution, performance vs NABERS rating targets, equipment runtimes, and final recommissioning.  

In his presentation Ian Sprent, M.AIRAH, will cover the impact of water quality on water balance. Sprent will outline what is required to comply with both the CIBSE Code and BSRIA guide, and address the many misunderstandings with both.

Mark Jacobson, M.AIRAH, will discuss the importance of properly sealing building facades.

“In the age of energy efficiency and the ever-expanding armada of clever technology required to overcome our power-consumption woes,” Jacobson says, “an avenue that is often overlooked is the passive solution of suitably sealed facades.”

During his presentation, Jacobson will shed light on the need for sealed buildings, and explore the standards required to achieve this.
Wilkinson says the value-for-money Workshop could be just the thing for anyone wishing to be brought up to speed on Australian commissioning issues.
“If you’re interested in the optimal performance of building systems – and in our industry everybody should be,” Wilkinson says, “it would be remiss of you not to register for AIRAH’s Commissioning Workshop.”

For more information on the AIRAH Commissioning Workshop, go to


The shipshape Sydneysider Scot

From HVAC on the high seas on the Queen Mary 2, to directing an engineering firm, Neil Caswell, M.AIRAH, has seen it all. Caswell is also chair of the conference committee for AIRAH’s coming Commissioning Workshop.

Click here to read this fascinating interview with Neil Caswell.

Two ECS projects shortlisted for coveted international awards

ECS has been recognised for its work at Global Switch East and 50 Martin Place with both projects listed as finalists for the Commissions Specialists Association 2015 Awards.

According to organisers, the awards are designed to promote best practice in key areas of commissioning, including innovation and achievement, energy saving, sales growth, customer care and service provision.

And for ECS Director Neil Caswell, this embodies the efforts of the entire ECS team. 

“To be nominated for one award is a great achievement, but to have two of our projects shortlisted is a real testament to our team,” says Caswell.

“We’ve been nominated for Commissioning Project of the Year for 50 Martin Place and Commissioning Provider of the Year for our work on Global Switch East, both illustrious awards in the international building commissioning industry. Trevor Delaney was the PC for Martin Place and Martin McGrath was PC for Global Switch and these nominations are a reflection of their exceptional PC skills,” adds Caswell. “It’s this personal attention to detail and expertise for which the entire ECS team is consistently praised by our clients.”

This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Awards and the Commissions Specialists Association has launched an industry-wide awards programme, configured to bring together the entire commissioning sector where the judging panel will be looking for evidence of genuine excellence, both measurable and memorable. 

Award winners will be unveiled at a Gala Awards Ceremony which will take place on 11th June 2015 at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel in West Sussex.

Click here for further details about finalists and the awards.

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