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PRIME time for some HVAC&R action
The first project falling under the PRIME initiative has been
confirmed. PRIME is designed to be an industry-wide pathway to a
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and
Heating (AIRAH) is delivering the resources to run the PRIME project.
A small PRIME taskforce has been formed with technical expertise
from AIRAH, the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors'
Association of Australia (AMCA) and the Chartered Institution of
Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and there have been discussions
with the Australian Building Codes Board, as well as individual state
and territory building administrations.
Go to www.airah.org.au to find out more.
Design WA open for public comment
State government scheme Design WA ensures that good design is at
the forefront of all development in Western Australia. Its goals are to
build cities, towns and neighbourhoods where people would like to
live, work and socialise, both now and into the future.
Design WA now has the following applications open for public
3 Draft State Planning Policy for Design of the Built Environment
3 Draft Apartment Design policy
3 Draft Design Review Guide
3 Draft Design Skills Discussion Paper.
To find out more, go to:
Environmental Upgrade Agreements now available in
Hobsons Bay's commercial building owners and tenants now have
an advantage in sustainability due to the council's Environmental
Upgrade Agreements (EUAs), which will finance a wide range
of energy-efficient and renewable-energy projects that enable
businesses to save money.
An EUA is an agreement between a building owner, a bank and the
council that facilitates a building upgrade to improve environmental
functions. Hobsons Bay is one of the first councils to offer EUAs
outside the City of Melbourne.
Melbourne Knowledge Week
Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) is the City of Melbourne's
unique annual festival for a smart and innovative city.
MKW 2017 will take place from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 May 2017,
with an exciting program of events. It will be focused on linking
people, places, research and technology, all of which are all crucial to
creating the cities of the future.
To register your interest, please visit the City of Melbourne
Facilities managers are key stakeholders in allowing safe work on
non-carrier owned sites that host mobile and radio facilities. These
facilities produce electromagnetic energy (EME), and access to these
areas is governed by certain standards and regulations.
The MobileSiteSafety app locates mobile base stations and
site information, and has been specially designed for smart
phones and tablets. You can find specific safety information in the
MobileSiteSafety tool and website before you access a building
rooftop, tower or other facility with mobile base station antennas.
To view a full instructional video, go to:
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) held
its tenth meeting on Thursday, 22 September 2016 in
Mr John Pollaers, AISC chair, welcomed the Hon. Karen Andrews
MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.
Andrews brought to light the significance of the vocational
education and training (VET) sector to the productivity and
competiveness of the Australian economy, businesses and the
business prospects of individuals throughout their careers. Minister
Andrews outlined her passion for raising the status of VET, delivering
strong, quantifiable outcomes and making sure quality is maintained
across the sector for students and employers. Promoting the value of
a VET qualification and ensuring the quality of training delivery are
critically important if we are to build the confidence of students and
The Committee acknowledged the critical importance of IRC
members having extensive, up-to-date expertise and industry
connections. This can also be said for FMA members.
The AISC met again in Darwin on 17 November.
FMA diversity special interest group is gaining interest
Initially launched in 2013, the Diversity Task Group was established
to provide a mechanism for the industry to specifically address a
range of imbalances within the FM industry. With such a large remit,
we got off to a slower start than anticipated, but we are pleased to
declare that the FMA's national Diversity Portfolio Group has hit the
road, and is fast gaining traction.
The FMA is actively involved in increasing awareness and
supporting the facilities management industry to further promote,
develop and implement diversity and inclusion policies within the
facilities industry. With that in mind, we have set up the following
3 Focus 1: Develop a forum to support women in the FM industry
3 Focus 2: Develop a policy statement for the FMA
3 Focus 3: Profile various issues related to diversity and develop
an online presence.
As with any volunteer organisations or committees, it is all about
the volunteers, and their commitment and energy to the cause. We
are very happy to announce the members of the group, and look
forward to working together with the FMA and the Board to ensure
that diversity issues are recognised and change is implemented in our
3 Suellyn Ward (Co-Chair) -- Arnold Bloch Leibler
3 Caroline Fitzwater (Co-Chair) -- Cushman & Wakefield
3 Janene Hansford -- Australia Post
3 Sharon Pollard -- Federation Square
3 Christopher Chuah -- ISPT
3 Bozenka Barnett -- Cushman & Wakefield
3 Leanne Cluley -- Reduxo.
A networking event was also held on 24 November 2016.
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