Jo Kieboom, M.AIRAH

Jo Kieboom, M.AIRAH

Jo Kieboom, M.AIRAH, is Senior Engineer Ecological Sustainability for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics – Northern Territory government.

Specialty

Sustainable buildings – policy, program and project development and management.

Passions

Reducing the carbon footprint of existing and new buildings.

How have you coped with COVID-19?

We have been so lucky in the Northern Territory to date, with only a few short lockdowns. But I worry about our Aboriginal people, and am hopeful that remote community vaccination rates will continue increasing. 

Professionally, COVID-19 has resulted in exponential growth of online professional development opportunities, which is fantastic for those of us in the regions. 

I also haven’t seen my Melbourne-based sister for 18 months. I miss her and it’s been tough watching her live through Melbourne’s long lockdowns – lucky we’re made of tough stock!

What do you like about your job?

The work is extremely diverse, and I never stop learning. Also, how inter-disciplinary it is, and that I get to collaborate with a wide range of people.

Challenges

Insufficient recognition of, and resources to do justice to, the cost-effective carbon-reduction opportunities offered by energy efficiency. It seems everyone is getting excited about reducing the carbon intensity of electricity, fully electric buildings, and embodied carbon. While these are of course important, there is still so much to do to reduce and avoid energy waste as well as demand management.

What would like, but don’t have?

A magic wand, more resources and less hurdles/barriers.

Reasons for optimism

That we now have commitments to net zero emissions at all levels of government. Some of our trading partners will be holding us to account, and Australian governments are turning their attention to resourcing transition plans for fossil fuel-dependent regions.

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

Geothermal cooling is relatively underdeveloped in Australia, but as Ecolibrium staff writer Nick Johns-Wickberg discovers, its potential is huge.

Esteemed air

Esteemed air

AIRAH’s APER has been approved to register engineers in the ACT.

An eye for innovation

An eye for innovation

As CEO and co-founder of Conry Tech, Sam Ringwaldt, M.AIRAH, is rethinking our approach to HVAC&R.

Meet the experts

Meet the experts

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, (MHIAA), is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024, with some special celebrations planned for ARBS.

The fans of Sydney

The fans of Sydney

Ecolibrium staff writer Nick Johns-Wickberg explores how a mobile cooling hub in the Harbour City prevented three medical emergencies this summer past.

Cool comfort

Cool comfort

Federico Tartarini is Senior Research Associate at the Heat & Health Research Incubator, Faculty of Medicine and Health, at the University of Sydney. And soon he’ll be starting a new position as a Sydney Horizon Fellow, Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, also at Unisyd.

ARBS

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