Month: January 2017

WGE’s Shelley Phillipson talks to the Property Council of Australia

WGE’s Marketing Manager, Shelley Phillipson recently spoke to the Property Council of Australia about the challenges facing the industry and how we can continue to promote diversity. What advice would you give to future leading women in property? Hold true to yourself.  I was once told ‘Never wear your hair down’ in professional situations, ignoring that advice was the best thing ever. Being yourself gives you confidence that you can’t fake.  It is what can make you stand out and succeed. What are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome in your career to date? Each job I’ve had …

Date: January 30, 2017
Category: News

Tips for going with a geothermal air conditioning solution

Geothermal air conditioning systems are becoming a popular choice for new developments as they provide a more energy efficient result   than traditional air cooled systems. WGE’s Alex Deluca says that geothermal systems offer a host of benefits, however there are tricks and tips designers need to be aware of before implementing them. What is the geothermal solution? The system utilises the stable temperatures of the earth as a heat rejection source for air conditioning. Systems can be either open or closed: Open systems extract water from the earth, use it to cool or heat the building via air conditioning equipment …

Date: January 23, 2017
Category: News

Subsurface Utility Engineering – upgrading the standards

Rob Sansbury, WGE’s National Underground Utility Manager, is working with Standards Australia and Engineers Australia to improve the approach to the management of underground utilities like gas, water and electricity. One of the key challenges on a construction site, is when existing underground utilities are not documented accurately, or information on existing infrastructure is simply not available. A clear understanding of the vertical and horizontal location of these utilities on a construction site allows earthworks and excavation to be carried out safely, and minimises the risks for all involved. Rob says there is a strong need for SUE to be …

Date: January 12, 2017
Category: News

WGE working to achieve new standards for residential air conditioning

Air conditioning is vital for ensuring homes are comfortable for residents – especially given the extremes of the Australian climate. Though there are currently best practice guidelines in place for air conditioning suppliers and installers, there are no Australian Standards that determine appropriate air conditioning performance in Australian homes. Standards Australia is currently working with representatives from across the industry, including Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), to develop a new Australian Standard AS/NZS 5141 Residential Air-Conditioning Systems – Minimum Applications for Energy Efficiency. WGE Mechanical Project Engineer Beau Logue is representing AIRAH on the Technical Committee …

Date: January 9, 2017
Category: News