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Issue #84 December 2016
Cover Story : Collaboration the key to improved cancer care
The search for better cancer treatments and cures is a step closer with the opening of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment. Education and care located in Melbourne’s prestigious Parkville Biomedical Precinct. The $1 billion, 130,000-square-metre centre is home to cancer research, clinical services and educational facilities for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne.

Technically Speaking : Introduction to NCC Performance Solutions
In 2013, an independent report highlighted that 70% of the #1.1 billion per annum productivity gains delivered by Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) reforms were derived from the current performance-based code. This Technically Speaking article aims to summarise the steps required to submit a performance solution to the National Construction Code (NCC).
Product News : AirLink - the next step in HVAC system efficiency
A new and more flexible Variable Air Volume (VAV) system is helping consultants and contractors take the next step in HVAC system efficiency whilst having the potential to save on capital costs.

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Issue #83 October 2016
Techtalk - Issue 83Cover Story ECU building CU building connects

More than just a building, Ngoolark is an award winning piece of architecture that connects buildings, students and the local Nyoongar community and changes the way in which those spaces are used. Built at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup campus, B34 was named Ngoolark, the Nyoongar word for the endangered white tailed black cockatoo, also referred to as Carnaby’s black cockatoo.

Technically Speaking VGVAV diffusers and duct design considerations

Variable Geometry Variable Air Volume (VGVAV) diffusers are an effective method of controlling the thermal comfort of a room whilst reducing energy consumption. In this article we will look at good duct design principles and the use of equal friction and static regain duct design with VGVAV diffusers.

Product News The Ultimate Header Box Exhaust Fan

Advanced impeller and housing design combine to make the Fantech Ultimate ceiling-mounted header box fan one of the quietest and most powerful in its class. A fully optimised inlet cone and centrifugal impeller maximise air pressure and helps produce strong, effi cient air fl ow performance.

Issue #82 December 2015
Techtalk - Issue 82Cover Story Taking the extra step to bring Smith Street to life

A new development at 132-172 Smith Street Collingwood, an inner suburb of Melbourne, is restoring the character of the old neighbourhood. Known as Smith&Co, the multipurpose site contains a mix of 238 apartments spread over two buildings, gardens and a commercial area containing office space, cafes and retail outlets.

Technically Speaking VGVAV diffusers - Pressure on design yields efficiencies

Variable Geometry Variable Air Volume (VGVAV) diffusers have been used for more than 40 years to effectively manage the air distribution system in a building. The functionality of early diffusers was limited in their capabilities, but in the past 10 years VGVAV diffusers have been transformed by the addition of advanced, modern electronics to help optimise indoor comfort.

Product News Taking control of apartment ventilation

With the growth of apartment living across our major cities, ventilation in these living spaces continues to evolve.

Issue #81 June 2015
Techtalk - Issue 81Cover Story A business school for future captains of industry

A new building at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has everyone talking. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is part of the university’s $1.2 billion City Campus Master Plan to enhance student learning through collaborative thinking among students and staff.

Technically Speaking Electrical approvals and compliancy

Access to electrical equipment manufactured overseas is now easier thanks to the internet and low cost express shipping. However the greater choice of products is only one criterion when deciding to make a purchase and contractors must also take into consideration quality and serviceability, customer support, product safety and compliance with Australian/New Zealand regulations.

Product News WhisperJet - The Quiet Achiever

The WhisperJet Fan Kits combine the advanced technology of the mixed-flow in-line fan together with the high performance CC Series circular attenuators.

Issue #80 December 2014
Techtalk - Issue 80Cover Story Hospital redevelopment a major win for River Murray Community

The opening of Stage 1 of Echuca Regional Health’s redevelopment was a major milestone in the hospital’s 130-year history of delivering care to communities along the Murray River, bordering NSW & Victoria.

Technically Speaking Clarifying the compliance of low profile PVC duct

A number of new types of low profile plastic duct have recently been released onto the Australian market. It is important for specifiers and installers to ensure the new product meets Australian standards and is compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Product News New EC fans expand energy efficiency options

Fantech has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to developing solutions for energy sustainable commercial buildings by expanding its Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) range of fans and control ancillaries.

Issue #79 August 2014
Techtalk - Issue 79Cover Story Vale Jack Pirie - A legacy to be proud of

Jack Pirie touched a lot of lives as a mentor, an adviser and most importantly a great friend. With his passing on 15 July, 2014, Australia’s HVAC industry has lost one of its great leaders and innovators.

Technically Speaking JetVent fans BCA compliance requirements

To meet the ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ (DTS) requirements of the BCA, a car park ventilation system must comply with AS1668.2:2012 or an adequate system of permanent natural ventilation (Section F4.11) and AS/NZS1668.1:1998.

Product News New range of JetVent EC

The JetVent EC series (JIU-CPC EC) has been extended with standard, low height and high performance models now available. All three fans come with the option of a factory-fitted integrated smoke detection kit.

Issue #78 December 2013
Techtalk - Issue 78Cover Story For Faster, more efficient project delivery

Fantech has just introduced a new and unique prefabrication service to help save customer’s time and money when installing fans on site.

Technically Speaking Selecting the right fan blade material for the job (Part 2)

materials perform differently when they operate at various stresses, temperatures, speeds and in corrosive environments. For this reason it is important to select the right fan impeller material for the application.

Product News For Faster, more efficient project delivery

Fantech has just introduced a new and unique prefabrication service to help save customer’s time and money when installing fans on site.

Issue #77 August 2013
Techtalk - Issue 77Cover Story New space, a hub of success

Students and staff of the University of Adelaide are enjoying the results of a multi-level all weather learning hub they helped design. Located in the heart of the University’s North Terrace campus, Hub Central is an initial point of contact for students, offering a wide range of informal learning spaces.

Technically Speaking Selecting the right fan blade material for the job

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify which type of fan impellar blade material is required for a given application. Typical blade materials supplied by Fantech include GRP (Glass Reinforced Polypropylene), Aluminium, Nylon and Anti-Static Plastic.

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Issue #76 April 2013
Techtalk - Issue 76Cover Story Fantech celebrates 40 Years

Forty years ago Jack Pirie and Glen Harries met for a drink at a pub onevening. The meeting had a profound effect on both men’s lives as they began a journey to form a new company and start an unbreakable friendship that would see many highs and lows.

Technically Speaking The truth about fan performance

To ensure a ventilation system functions in the built environment as it was intended in the design stages, it is crucial to know that the fan’s actual performance matches the catalogue data published by the manufacturer.

Product News High volume fan, low operating cost

Fantech now offers a quality, cost effective solution with BladeTec High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans made by DuctSox, an American company with over 30 years experience.

Issue #75 December 2012
Techtalk - Issue 75Cover Story Sunshine retail given a lift

The Sunshine Coast has received a retail boost with a substantial new investment by Harvey Norman. Known as the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, it is the first new major bulky goods complex to be built in South East Queensland since 2009.

Technically Speaking The effect of Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) on External Rotor (ER) Motors

While using a variable speed drive can greatly improve the efficiency of your air movement equipment, using VSDs with an All-Pole Sinusoidal Filter on the External Rotor Motor will return the motor to the expected life of one without a VSD. - Download the

Product News ZOO Fan reduces the cost of heating tall spaces

Fantech’s ZOO (Zone Of Occupancy) Fan helps reduce energy costs, while maintaining a more comfortable, more productive environment for workers and customers at ground level.

Issue #74 August 2012
Techtalk - Issue 74Cover Story Fantech enters The Hall of Fame

In the last four years Fantech has provided sponsored training for more than 108 operational staff nationwide to Certificate III and Certificate IV level in Competitive Manufacturing.

Technically Speaking Intelligent ventilation solutions for car parks

A good ventilation system is vital in car parks. It must provide fresh air and ensure harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and various fumes from the vehicle’s fuels do not accumulate and reach toxic levels.

Product News Optimising indoor comfort - Rickard VAV diffusers

Each VAV diffuser model is available in various configurations which are suitable for numerous applications or mounting positions. The electronically powered range comes in square, linear slot and bulkhead models; the thermally powered models come in square models only.

Issue #73 April 2012
Techtalk - Issue 73Cover Story Faster fan selections are here

Faster fan and silencer selection is now possible thanks to the new version of the Fans by Fantech Product Selection Program. The new program was launched at ARBS 2012 and was very well received said Fantech’s Information Systems Manager Stuart Bryson

Technically Speaking A simple guide to selecting fan motors for hazardous locations

What sort of fan motor do I need for my spray painting booth? This type of question often confronts our sales engineers.While this appears to be a straightforward request, a spray booth could be classified as a hazardous area because:

Product News Silent series doubles in size

Fantech has added two new models to the low noise, high efficiency TD Silent Series of mixed-flow fans.The revolutionary design of the TD Silent 250mm and 315mm models incorporate a number of new technologies that make them very quiet.

Issue #72 December 2011
Techtalk - Issue 72Cover Story IKEA & Harvey Norman supersize

Victoria’s largest bulky goods development is now open to the public. Located on a busy intersection in Melbourne’s southeast, the Springvale Homemaker Centre features Swedish furniture sensation IKEA and Australian retail giant Harvey Norman.

Technically Speaking Want to reduce a fans energy consumption?

In the first part of this technically speaking series we looked at how increased pressure drops caused by system effect influences power consumption.

Product News Energy usage declines with DCV

Smart technology is helping developers and architects to meet the growing demand for energy efficient HVAC solutions. Known as Demand Control Ventilation (DCV), the system increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the ventilation system, thereby reducing energy consumption and power bills.

Issue #71 August 2011
Techtalk - Issue 71Cover Story New Ice Rink for Melbourne

Melbournians have the opportunity to skate to the top of winter sports with a new world-class ice sports facility developed by ING Real Estate in Docklands.

Technically Speaking Want to reduce a fans energy consumption?

In the Fans by Fantech catalogue the ‘Installation Do’s and Don’ts’ section illustrates some of the common errors made when installing fans. Some are simply poor design whilst others are, what is called, ‘System Effect’.

Product News Air Design release new range of Energy Recovery Units

Air Design has just released a new, defined range of energy recovery units, developed and manufactured in Brisbane.

Issue #70 December 2011
Techtalk - Issue 70Cover Story IKEA & Harvey Norman Supersize

Victoria’s largest bulky goods development is now open to the public. Located on a busy intersection in Melbourne’s southeast, the Springvale Homemaker Centre features Swedish furniture sensation IKEA and Australian retail giant Harvey Norman.

Technically Speaking Want to reduce a fans energy consumption?

In the first part of this technically speaking series we looked at how increased pressure drops caused by system effect influences power consumption.

Product News Energy usage declines with DCV

Smart technology is helping developers and architects to meet the growing demand for energy efficient HVAC solutions. Known as Demand Control Ventilation (DCV), the system increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the ventilation system, thereby reducing energy consumption and power bills.

Issue #69 December 2010
Techtalk - Issue 69Cover Story NZ Supermarket goes green

New Zealand supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises has made a commitment to reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint by 40% by 2015, bringing emissions back to 2006 levels

Technically Speaking Implications of Section J5.2 of the BCA 2010

Fans are a significant user of energy. The current best data suggests that fans are responsible for anywhere between 8% and 20% of the total worldwide electricity consumption and, of this total, 55% is consumed in the commercial sector.

Product News Say goodbye to toilet odours

The OdourVac OVK1 system is ideal for homes, apartments, offices and high use areas such as restaurants and pubs. It uses an in-line fan to draw odours directly from the bowl. The beauty of the product is its simplicity

Issue #68 August 2010
Techtalk - Issue 68Cover Story Silencer the next generation apartment fan is here

There’s a whisper that Fantech is about to unveil the latest development in apartment ventilation. The TD Silent range of mixed-flow fans incorporates a number of new technologies that make them very quiet.

Technically Speaking Spilling the facts on smoke control

The Standard AS/NZS1668.1:1998 – Fire and Smoke Control in Multi-compartment Buildings prescribes several important requirements concerning smoke spill fans.

Product News

The OdourVac OVK1 system is ideal for homes, apartments, offices and high use areas such as restaurants and pubs. It uses an in-line fan to draw odours directly from the bowl. The beauty of the product is its simplicity

Issue #67 April 2010
Techtalk - Issue 67Cover Story Hilton brings a new height in luxury

The transformation of Melbourne’s Yarra River precinct to a high class business centre and popular tourist destination is complete with the opening of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.

Technically Speaking The how and why of fan vibration isolation

In mechanical systems, small imbalances within any rotating equipment will cause vibration oscillation. If this equipment is fixed directly to a building structure, the oscillation will propagate down the structure and can cause unacceptable levels of vibration and noise in the building.

Product News EC technology takes off

Highly efficient electronically commutated (EC) motor technology incorporated into a Fantech fan is helping the building services industry to meet the increasing demand for energy efficient products. This ultimately helps to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Issue #66 December 2009
Techtalk - Issue 66Cover Story Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre sets the standard

The newly completed Melbourne Convention Centre has been fully integrated with the Melbourne Exhibition Centre to create a modern, user-friendly and versatile environment that makes an architectural statement on the banks of the Yarra River.

Technically Speaking Fan Total Efficiency

The building mechanical services industry accounts for about 20-25% of the world’s energy consumption, with fans representing a substantial share of that. This is an area where well-engineered fan selections and systems can be made, providing substantial cuts in energy consumption, much of it with an immediate cost benefit.

Product News Fantech proud to distribute Vacon drives

Fantech is proud to announce that it can now provide the high quality Vacon range of drives throughout Australasia. Fantech aims to align itself with strong reputable products and brands, and Vacon’s reputation for manufacturing high quality AC drives made them the ideal choice.

Issue #65 August 2009
Techtalk - Issue 65Cover Story Indian development solid as a rock

A landmark development due to be completed in the third quarter of 2009 in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Hyderabad, India, is helping to lure big companies to the capital.

Technically Speaking Variable Speed Drives and fans

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) are now being widely used across the HVAC industry in many different applications. The benefits of a VSD, including their ability to regulate fan speed, save energy consumption (up to 70% in some instances) and provide motor protection, are now well recognised.

Product News Energy efficient technology in demand

A new ventilation system is set to take the heat from rising energy costs. The Fantech Quietflow DCV in-line fan range is a new concept that uses sensors to automatically control the amount of ventilation according to the occupancy of a room.

Issue #64 April 2009
Techtalk - Issue 64Cover Story Fresh green start for TAC

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria has relocated to purpose-built offices in the heart of provincial city Geelong, 80 km south west of Melbourne

Technically Speaking Fan applications

This article identifies some further key challenges relevant to the compliance and effectiveness of ventilation systems in homes and high-rise residential applications.

Product News New look Vogue - set to impress

The challenge of creating comfortable living spaces in apartments is made easier with a range of products from Fantech

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