RACA Journal June 2016 - Page 3

RACA Journal: ISSN 1812-772X Hot & Chilled A world-class industry A s I recently found myself climbing up yet another cat ladder in search of the inner-workings of a local HVAC&R project’s plant room, I couldn’t help but marvel at the impressive level of design our industry’s professionals are capable of. Not only are they designing state-of-the-art facilities – like the new Imperial Cold Logistics cold storage development I was exploring at the time with Bob Vuletic – they don’t mind taking the time to show others around and teach them how it is done. For those who haven’t had the privilege yet of walking around inside the shiny new ammonia plant room of Southern Africa’s largest cold store, let me tell you – it’s beautiful. (Read more about this ‘excursion’ on page 23. by the way.) Local HVAC&R professionals have no reason to ever feel inferior to any ‘first world’ counterparts. Our designs (and don’t forget all the hard work the contractors do as well), are definitely worth showing off. Take our front cover project for instance, the new Novartis head office in Waterfall Estate, Midrand – it was recently awarded a gold LEED rating. This is a highly-esteemed international rating system, so nobody can even try and argue that this isn’t an immense achievement. See how the WSP team did it on page 44. Even our factories are world-class. AIAC recently moved into new premises and its international partners were so impressed with its standard that this company is now receiving international orders (read more on page 19). I know everyone has a lot to say about our local government, but even they deserve an honourable mention for getting the ball rolling with regards to training customs officials on HCFCs that are being phased out and how to inspect at the borders (page35). When it comes to quality and standards, we have a lot to be proud of. So let’s focus on what we’re doing right for once instead of all the negatives like the poor exchange rate or the infuriating LoA dilemma. Our industry may not be perfect, but we have a lot to celebrate. RACA Editor | ilana@interactmedia.co.za www.hvacronline.co.za www.hvacronline.co.za RACA Journal I May 2016 1