March 19, 2020 BY ARBS ARBS Exhibitions Ltd held an extraordinary board meeting on Wednesday 11th March 2020, where it was agreed and decided that the ARBS 2020 exhibition scheduled to be held from 1...


LG Australia responds to bushfire relief effort with much ne

27 Feb. 2020 The recent Australian bushfires have impacted the lives of thousands of people, businesses and dozens of towns throughout the country. An estimated one billion native animals were also k...


Canada steps up its efforts to reduce methane emissions

17 February 2020 In 2018, Canada finalised regulations to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and natural gas facilities, including extraction, primary processing, long-distance transport, and storage. Provisions to track and repair “fugitive” methane leaks and to limit emissions from compressors and fracked gas well completions went into effect in January; facility-wide ventin...


New information videos on air conditioning labels

February 11, 2020 BY ARBS With the upcoming launch on 1 April 2020 of the new label requirements for air conditioners, the Department of the Environment and Energy (who are responsible for managing the Energy Rating website) have released a series of information videos to assist with the new changes.   See more information here: https://www.energyrating.gov.au/information-sessions-new-zon...


February Outlook by Ian Hopkins, ARBS Chairman

February 11, 2020 BY ARBS The HVAC&R and building services industry is undergoing a transformation where  we are seeing an increased demand for technologies that support higher efficiency equipment and lower GWP refrigerants coupled with a shift toward products that enhance the customer experience.   Under the current economic uncertainty, and the growing impact of climate regulat...


ARBS: New Green Star standards proposed

February 11, 2020 BY ARBS The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released draft credits against its latest rating tool, Green Star for New Buildings, establishing detailed requirements to...


Rheem handing out $30k to kickstart aussie plumbers’ careers

06 February 2020 Rheem Australia has announced the launch of Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants for 2020.   Sydney, Australia, February 10, 2020 – Rheem Australia is encouraging Australian ...


Sneak peek on ARBS 2020 speaker series

February 6, 2020 BY ARBS The ARBS 2020 Speaker Series is in the final stages of development and if this sneak peek is anything to go on, we are in for an incredible series with some of our industry&r...



The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently announced that Australia’s economy grew by 1.9% in 2018-2019, down from 2.9% the previous year. Household consumption was restrained, with annual gro...


Pelican BioThermal Announces Expansion of Distribution into

Jan 22, 2020 Pelican BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announced the further expansion of its worldwide reach into Australia and New Zealand, effective immediately. Wil...


Outlook: by Ian Hopkins, ARBS Chairman

December 6, 2019 We are excited to bring this new segment to Connect from ARBS Chairman, Mr Ian Hopkins. With over 40 years of industry experience, including roles of CEO and Chairman of Norman Disney Young, Ian will delve into the hot topics in HVAC&R and building services via a series of question and answer articles.  Our first article follows:   How should this industry attract...



According to data officially released by the Australian government, the country saw an actual GDP growth rate of 2.7% in 2018.  As indicated by the Housing Industry Association, development of ap...

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