Evan alrighty

Evan alrighty

Perth-based Evan Pratt, Affil.AIRAH, is residential HVAC project engineer and estimator for Consolidated Energy.

Day-to-day responsibilities
My tasks do to do include estimating and quoting HVAC requirements for residential builds (class 1 buildings); drafting plans and creating a bill of materials for each project; working with sales, site supervisors, installation teams, management, and all other stakeholders to keep projects rolling along smoothly; and providing advice and solutions when problems arise onsite.  

Helping my colleagues and clients by providing the highest level of customer service I can. Being proactive and reliable day in, day out. Learning as much as I can every day. 

Finest professional hour 
Stepping outside my comfort zone – no pun intended – and finally pushing myself to be the best I can. 

Important lessons  
To keep going. Setbacks are just learning experiences.    

Whom do you most admire? 
My parents, who have helped give me many of opportunities in life. I sadly lost my dad to cancer in 2021. He will always be a big inspiration to me. 

Dream sabbatical 
I would love to go to NASA to see a rocket launch. 

What is your motto? 
Keep going!  

Greatest personal achievement 
Recently completing some of my engineering studies while working full time. 

Favourite book 
Anything non-fiction relating to science, space, and astronomy. 

Favourite film 
Zodiac (2007). I thought it was well done, tense, mysterious and mostly stayed true to the real story without “Hollywood-ing” it too much.  

Favourite website 
Google – there is so much information out there!  

Describe yourself 
Relatively introverted, but a good listener.  

Define success
Going home happy and fulfilled at the end of each day. Making my family, friends, and colleagues happy, and helping them to succeed.  

What does AIRAH membership mean to you?
It means committing to the industry and helping it grow into the future. Learning as much as I can. 

What do you like about your job? 
There is something new and different every day. I like using both sides of my brain – both analytical and creative. 

I also like my friendly colleagues and management, flexibility and autonomy. 

What do you find challenging? 
Difficult conversations. Saying no. 

Do you have a favourite style of architecture or a favourite building? 
Rather than buildings, I always have had a soft spot for bridges. Creating different paths and connections brings new opportunities. 

What are you optimistic about? 
That we can solve the problems we face as a human species over the next century. It won’t happen overnight but if we can invest our resources in the right places, we can create a better future.  

2023 Summer issue

This article appears in ecolibrium’s March-April 2024 issue

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