AIRAH launched HVAC&R Nation as a free magazine in June 2007, with the aim of giving the trade sector a publication of its own – something that made fridgies feel part of a community.
The first cover story, “Putting life into old fridges”, exemplified this, covering the Phoenix Fridge Project in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The project was undertaken all in the name of the community and the environment, working with unwanted fridges and improving their energy efficiency by up to 20 per cent through simple repairs and retrofits.
The magazine quickly built its profile, and made its way into wholesalers and TAFEs around the country. The scope of the topics also grew, from automotive HVAC to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower. Although HVAC&R Nation focused on Australia, it also shared stories from around the world.
Over the years the magazine has highlighted big issues for the trade, such as refrigerant transition, the skills gap, and safety problems. It has delved into innovative and high-profile projects around the country, including Melbourne Market, Coopers Brewery and the Bend Motorsport Park.
Every issue also includes a Skills Workshop to help readers better understand the finer points of common HVAC&R equipment and procedures.
Undoubtedly the most popular part of the magazine, however, is the back page. The Lighter Side features photos sent in by readers of HVAC&R installations that are scary, ugly or just plain funny. It’s a chance to have a laugh, but it has also provoked plenty of constructive discussion about the right way to do things.
Today, HVAC&R Nation is available at around 300 outlets around Australia, and online, and has many loyal readers both here and abroad.
After more than 10 years and 130 issues, the magazine continues to share stories about the trade and the wider industry, shining a light on the vital role of HVAC&R and the people who keep our modern world running.