Clare Parry, M.AIRAH
Clare Parry is a director of Grün Consulting, a specialist high-performance buildings consultancy with projects across the globe. She was previously founding director and chair of the Australian Passive House Association.
Now based in Melbourne, but originally from a farming area in north-west Tasmania, Parry holds a double degree in mechanical engineering and business. With a passion for getting back to basics, in her spare time she enjoys leaving the phone behind and heading out to nature with her bike.
In addition to speaking at AIRAH's Building Physics Forum in 2019, Parry was also a guest on AIRAH's first-ever AIRAH on Air podcast episode, which focused on the push towards net zero
Listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, then find her answers to AIRAH's 100 Faces questionnaire below.
What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
Quite honestly, I fell into the industry after university without having much of an idea of exactly where to head next. I’ve been lucky enough to have some legendary bosses and mentors, and I was able to explore my passions within my roles. I also just said yes to a lot of things and followed my gut. HVAC&R wasn’t what I thought I’d have expertise in!
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
Not so much a stand-alone memory, but watching the development of the Passive House (passivhaus) tech space has been fantastic. The availability of products, such as high-quality heat recovery ventilation units, has been great. Potentially the standout moment was turning on the unit in my own house! Visitors to my home now get to see the MVHR before anything else.
How long have you been a member of AIRAH?
I joined AIRAH as a graduate, about 10 years ago. While my memberships to other organisations have come and gone, AIRAH is one I’ve found valuable, for events, training and resources.
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
Just how much it touches their lives without them realising. It’s pervasive, but people generally only know about HVAC&R when it breaks. My friends often ask me why I spend so much time staring at the ceiling when we are out and about – I have to explain that I’m looking at just how well (or badly!) the building services are integrated into beautiful spaces.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
I’m looking forward to seeing low-carbon solutions advance substantially, particularly as they come to serve so many more billions of people across the globe. I keep an eye on the Global Cooling Prize for a bit of an indication of what’s possible. Ideally, our building quality in general will continue to advance simultaneously, and we’ll actually see far less kit in most buildings – with greater expertise from HVAC&R professionals.