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 formed to refine and drafting a standard that governs design, selection, install and commissioning of residential air conditioning.
Beau has a wealth of experience designing air conditioning systems and says the new Standard will offer a level playing field where everyone understands what is required of an air conditioning system.
“Contractors will benefit from having a very clear understanding of the most appropriate system to recommend and clients will be protected by having a standard to refer to, ensuring the system installed meets minimum performance requirements.”
The new Australian Standard will also address minimum standards of safety, environmental performance and functionality.
Once the draft Standard is agreed at committee level, it will be made available for industry feedback.