Rebecca Andrews, Affil.AIRAH

Rebecca Andrews, Affil.AIRAH

Ecolibrium checks in with a young engineer working for A.G Coombs Projects, based in Moorabbin in Melbourne’s south-east.

Specialty

My ambition is to specialise in offsite prefabrication processes and working to develop standardised design approaches for modular manufacture..

Passions

I am passionate about environmentally conscious design and encouraging girls and young women to get into STEM fields.

Coping with COVID-19

I’ve coped with the pandemic by making the best of working from home, making time for self-care, and reading books … lots of books.

HOW HAVE YOU COPED WITH COVID-19?

I really enjoy problem solving and challenging myself, which is essentially at the core of everything I do as an engineer. 

Challenges

I am challenged by my own lack of experience and knowledge; it can sometimes slow me down, which is frustrating.

What would like, but don’t have?

That’s a hard question to answer. The first thing that came to mind is a new ute.

Reasons for optimism

I am optimistic about where my career will take me and being a part of the future advancement of our industry.

 Rebecca Andrews, Affil.AIRAH, is studying AIRAH’s Professional Diploma in Building Services – HVAC&R.

 

Feasibility study of wastewater energy transfer for an existing campus building cluster

Feasibility study of wastewater energy transfer for an existing campus building cluster

The HVAC-related energy usage of a group of three existing buildings on a Canadian university campus (the “Cluster”) was simulated. Two scenarios were compared: (1) an ambient loop paired with conventional HVAC equipment (boiler plant and cooling tower), and (2) an ambient loop using wastewater energy transfer (“WET”). The study aimed to assess the feasibility of implementing WET as a heating and cooling method for cold-climate institutional buildings, as well as to measure the effects of WET implementation on energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy costs

Wooden Performance

Wooden Performance

One of three  similar facilities to be built in regional Victoria, the Ballarat GovHub is helping to revitalise the CBD of this regional centre and centralise government services in the area by accommodating up to 1,000 workers. Mass timber is at the heart of the...

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

Over the past decade the HVAC industry has experienced a maturity in fault- detection diagnostics. From a technical standpoint this has resulted in historical analytics, streaming analytics, forecasting, modelling, and a welter of other innovations changing the way to...

Planning for performance

Reducing emissions and cutting costs is the impetus for a new government initiative.The Australian federal government has commenced work to develop a National Energy Performance Strategy.  “For too long, Australia’s efforts at reducing emissions and cutting energy...

Peak Performance

Peak Performance

A Danish power plant that converts trash to energy just happens to also be a year-round ski slope. Welcome to CopenHill in Copenhagen, billed as the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world. But it’s another aspect of the facility that has really captured...

The enthusiast

The enthusiast

Dr Stephen White, F.AIRAH, has been name the winner of the 2022 James Harrison Medal, AIRAH’s highest individual honour. Ecolibrium broke bread with him about the news.How does it feel to be recognised by winning AIRAH’s highest honour? I feel surprised, humbled,...

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