Why we need to actively work to reduce our carbon footprint

September 6th, 2018 by

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At Equilibrium Air Conditioning, we believe in sustainable practices that will reduce our carbon footprint, and preserve our beautiful planet for generations to come. We believe commercial industries have an obligation to the environment, which is why we are proud to partner with Green Building Council Australia, and consistently work towards Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) principles. All our projects are designed and constructed with sustainability factored in. We have Green Star accreditation, ensuring we remain current on the latest innovations and technology pertaining to our industry.

If the carbon footprint left behind by your business is not something you’ve previously given much thought to, now is the time to make some changes. What, exactly, is your carbon footprint? It’s the amount of greenhouse gas you/your business is personally responsible for. Greenhouse gases are directly responsible for global warming and climate change. At Equilibrium, all project managers are held responsible for ensuring that each project is assessed for reduction in energy consumption and that waste is minimised. This allows us to significantly decrease the carbon footprint resulting from building our HVAC systems.

The reality is, there’s a lot of everyday activities that increase greenhouse gases. For example, cooking our food and even breathing will release small amounts in to the air each day. Your food, clothing, transport and entertainment choices within your personal life also have great impact on our environment. These can all be managed to reduce your personal footprint, but what can commercial entities do to reduce theirs? It is a known fact that corporations make higher contributions to C02 emissions entering our atmosphere each day/year. However, if we are going to try and combat global warming and climate change, businesses need to do what they can to respect our environment and reduce this effect.

Not only is sustainability a moral obligation for businesses, there are legal obligations as well. For detailed information on the current Australian Environmental legislation, licences and permits, read here. The pressure to make changes to business practice will only continue as the problem becomes more and more imperative to address. Some businesses have even found that employing environmentally friendly practices, such as utilising alternative energy sources, has even reduced production and operating costs. There is much to look forward to when it comes to embracing “green” business practices.

Essentially, if we don’t start to actively reduce our carbon footprint soon, climate change will one day become disastrous. Maybe not in our own lifetime, but future generations will have live with the consequences of our actions. Experts predict that eventually, Earth’s temperature will continue to rise and become uncontrollable. Our ozone layer will then be in danger of vanishing, at which point we have no protection from harmful UV sun rays. This will make Earth virtually uninhabitable. Ice in Antarctica will melt, resulting in rising sea levels and a worldwide flood. Sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, doesn’t it? As you can imagine, it’s pretty bleak.

The good news is, it isn’t too late to start focusing on sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. It’s not too late to prioritise the environment, and even though it takes some effort, it can be done. If you’d like to know more about our own efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our HVAC productions, or if you’d like to invest in this area using a company that is Green Star Certified, please contact our friendly team on (02) 9439 4822.

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Is there a link between office temperature comfort and productivity?

August 14th, 2018 by

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Being in the commercial air conditioning business, it’s our job to ensure efficient, high-quality solutions are engineered for each of our clients. They rely on this effective temperature control for many things, but did you know that staff productivity is one of them?  Think about it for a moment… if it’s 30 degrees Celsius in an office, do you feel like working- or walking out and making a beeline for the beach?

For many years, it was common belief that the cooler the room temperature, the better office productivity. Scientific research conducted in Helsinki in 2006 even backed up this theory, however, a further study has surfaced and contradicted the verdict. Cornell University’s ergonomics study on office temperature revealed that “chilly workers” make more errors, whereas, workers in warm conditions had far fewer typing errors and significantly higher typing output.

While Helsinki concluded optimal office temperature to be 22 degrees Celsius, Cornell suggested a more “balmy” 25, as this was the point at which mistakes fell and output rose. As an added bonus, the study also found that warmer office climates produced warmer interpersonal communications between employees. Unsurprisingly, warmth is associated with feelings of affection, kindness and respect, and this was reflected in the way staff would interact.

Whatever temperature level you believe is optimal within your own personal office environment, it’s a fact that personal comfort among employees facilitates the best conditions for office productivity. Another factor to consider is humidity, which has a universally negative impact on office morale. In order to maintain superior air quality, minimal humidity and a consistent temperature, you’re going to need air conditioning solutions that are tailor designed to your office size and requirements.

At Equilibrium, we specialise in designing, installing and servicing climate control systems for commercial developments. We find the best solution for projects and we’re fully automated with computer aided estimating, design, drafting and management control. Our portfolio includes industries such as; healthcare, education, retail and industrial construct. All industries involving extensive amounts of employees and requiring top performance from them at all times.

If your commercial premises needs new or updated air conditioning solutions, don’t hesitate to contact our team on (02) 9439 4822.

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What is the Green Building Council of Australia- It’s not easy being green, but we can.

August 3rd, 2018 by

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At Equilibrium Air Conditioning, we are committed to sustainability and looking out for future generations by being environmentally responsible. This is a key consideration in the design and construct of all our projects. We are proud to be members of the Green Building Council of Australia and we’re actively working towards Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) principles.

What is the Green Building Council of Australia? The GBCA is comprised of more than 600 individual companies with an annual turnover collectively exceeding $40 billion. This extensive group of companies employs over 50,000 staff across Australia.  The industries represented within GBCA is varied and includes; major developers, banks, superannuation funds, professional services firms, product manufacturers, retailers and suppliers. GBCA also includes a number of local and state government departments and land organisations, as well as having 18 university members.

Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, has said of the work done by GBCA, “We are proud to work collaboratively across government and industry to deliver healthier, more productive, sustainable and resilient places for people.”

In 2016, a new strategy was released by GBCA focusing on leading a carbon positive industry. This new strategic plan supports the vision of providing a healthy, resilient and progressive place for people and the natural environment. The aim is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment by achieving the four goals below:

  • PLANET: Drive a carbon positive industry
  • PEOPLE: Foster liveable and sustainable communities and cities
  • INDUSTRY: Broaden market transformation
  • REGION: Increase regional influence

Equilibrium Air Conditioning are proud to partner with an organisation that is pioneering the way to a healthier future for our planet. We actively promote the use of sustainable solutions and enthusiastically seek alliances with like-minded suppliers and industry groups. Our project managers are made responsible for guaranteeing each project is completed with optimal reductions in energy consumption and waste in mind, and that a minimal carbon footprint is made during the building and production of HVAC systems. It’s not easy being green, but it can be done. With teamwork and cooperation, planning and care, we can reduce human impact on the Earth’s environment and ensure it stays beautiful for generations to come.

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A brief company history of Equilibrium Air Conditioning

May 23rd, 2018 by

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In 1968, the original form of Equilibrium Air Conditioning was established by Paul Eastaway. Over the years, the company steadily expanded to include a service division to support the commercial side of the business. Eventually, the commercial and industrial section outgrew the domestic demand.

There were three distinct divisions by 1982, with design and construct for commercials systems being the predominate area. By 1999, Equilibrium was restructured to be able to service substantially larger commercial projects.

From inception to modern times, our company has been entrusted with countless high profile commercial, industrial and health related developments in New South Wales. Some of them have included; Stocklands Merrylands, Hunters Hill Private Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, 78 Waterlook Road North Ryde, among many others.

Today, Equilibrium AirConditioning is helmed by Managing Director, Berislav Crnkovic, who has been with the company for 19 years and has seen much of the evolution that has taken place to make Equilibrium what it is today. Berislav has been described by colleagues as an inspired leader who displays both confidence, theoretical and technical acumen, which facilitates effective leadership, collective problem solving and promotes cleverly engineered solutions which consistently satisfy company stakeholders.

The talented team at Equilibrium Air Conditioning has grown to include various departments such as; management, engineering, services solutions and project management teams. This organisation allows us to best meet client expectations with cost effective, reliable air-conditioning solutions.

We remain locally owned to this day, and take great pride in our sense of community. We proudly support many different charity and community groups, including; San Foundation (Sydney Adventist Hospital – Cancer research), World Vision, Cancer Council and The Buildcorp Foundation (Lifeline and suicide awareness and prevention). We feel it is important to give back to the community and a social responsibility to be part of things that are greater than ourselves.

To find out more about the services we offer, please visit our services page. We are proud of our history, and look towards the future of our industry with much anticipation and excitement. Equilibrium AirConditioning has been servicing the commercial industry for many years, and will continue to do so for many more to come.

If you would like to speak with us regarding our consulting, engineering or preventative maintenance services, don’t’ hesitate to call us on (02) 9439 4822. Alternatively, you can contact us by email: [email protected]

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Gold Sponsors at the Novus Foundation Gala Dinner 2018

May 8th, 2018 by

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We are extremely excited to have attended the Novus Foundation Gala Dinner 2018 last Saturday, May 5th, as GOLD sponsors. It was a wonderful evening, raising much needed funds and support for at-risk youth living in the North Shore region.

The Great Gatsby themed Gala Dinner was held at Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hils and attended by Equilibrium staff members; Joe Maric, Robert Pham, Berislav Crnkovic, Paul Stevens and Timothy Caunt. The Novus Foundation is a not-for-profit collaboration between Adventist HealthCare (AHCL), Wahroonga Rotary, and the McCarroll Motor Group. All funds raised from the evening will be invested in projects for these youths, and include; mentoring, education and healthcare.

While the North Shore region is a predominately affluent one, the incidence of youth at-risk is surprisingly high, and presents a real problem that transcends socio economics. The reality is, that we need to band together to strengthen our younger generation, because this is something that can affect any family, even our own.

Saturday night was filled with amazing food, delightful entertainment and successful live and silent auctions. It was wonderful to see hundreds of members of the community come together and raise thousands for such an important cause. The team at Equilibrium Air Conditioning were very honoured to be part of it.

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Proud Platinum Sponsors for Buildcorp’s The Party No.5

April 11th, 2018 by

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On Saturday March 10th 2018, Buildcorp Foundation hosted their fifth fundraiser gala event, Party No. 5, in support of mental health and suicide prevention.  Equilibrium Air-Conditioning were, once again, proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the evening.

It was an honour to be a part of the highly successful occasion which raised $500,000 for an extremely worthy cause. We are particularly proud of the remarkable efforts made by The Buildcorp Foundation to organise Party No.5 and the results achieved, year after year.

Since 2014, Buildcorp has raised a total of $1.5 million, and at Equilibrium, we are proud to have been a part of these efforts, raising money for Lifeline and awareness for suicide and mental health issues. Each $30 raised for Lifeline can provide one hour of support on their crisis support chat. This can be a matter of life and death for struggling Aussies.

In 2015, an average of eight Australians were lost to suicide each day, and suicide remains the leading cause of death for persons aged 15-44 in our country. These are some alarming statistics that illustrate the fact that something needs to be done to prevent the heartache and suffering that inevitably follows the loss of a loved one to suicide. Human life is too precious not to act now to prevent such tragedies.

Buildcorp Foundation Chair Josephine Sukkar AM said: “We are so very grateful for the generosity of our supporters who have  helped us raise over $500,000 this past week. We have many people to thank, including sponsors whose support ensures every dollar raised at our events goes directly to the Foundation. We are also grateful for the hundreds of other contributors who donate prizes, funds, and their time and spend big on the night to help the Buildcorp Foundation collectively give more for mental health and suicide prevention.”

For more information on the event, and pictures of the evening, visit: https://www.buildcorpfoundation.com.au/event/the-party-no-5/

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AMCA NSW Award Win!

September 4th, 2017 by

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At Equilibrium Air Conditioning, we boast over 150 years of combined experience in the industry among our talented team. The earliest version of our company was established in 1968, and at the recent AMCA Awards, we were bestowed an award for ‘Long Term Service and Performance in the Air Conditioning and Ventilation Industry.’

It is an honour to be recognised for our longevity, which is a testament to our performance within the industry. Since our establishment, we have been involved in many high profile commercial, industrial and health related developments in New South Wales, including; 78 Waterloo Road North Ryde, Stocklands Merrylands, Sydney Adventist Hospital, and Hunters Hill Private Hospital and many more.

The AMCA Awards, held on Saturday 29th July, 2017, at Dockside in Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour with over 200 guests in attendance. We enjoyed beautiful weather, food and had fun on the dance floor and in the photo booth! It was a successful night for Equilibrium and the AMCA. Sponsors for the evening included; WageCover Australia Pty Ltd, Delta Building Automation, Windsor Management Insurance Brokers, Fantech Pty Ltd, A2K Technologies and G J Walker Pty Ltd.

We are grateful to our clients and staff for making Equilibrium Air-Conditioning what it is today, which has allowed us to remain successful in a competitive industry. Our professional team provides complete air conditioning solutions to suit any type of development, whether it’s commercial office space, healthcare, education, retail or industrial construct.

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Equilibrium’s Quality Management Systems

March 10th, 2017 by

At Equilibrium Air Conditioning we always pride ourselves on having the highest standards in every aspect of our business.
Regardless if it is the actual engineering of systems, installation, servicing or simply running of the office, quality management is always first and foremost in our minds. We continually train and upgrade our skills and certifications to ensure our clients are getting the best air conditioning solutions every time. We have in excess 150 years of experience but also many certifications to give our customers peace of mind. Our most recent certification is a Certificate of Approval from Global-Mark for Quality Management Systems Compliance. This just gives that extra bit of evidence that we are indeed qualified to construct, refurbish and service air conditioning systems throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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MBA Awards 2016

December 1st, 2016 by

The Master Builders Association 2016 Awards have been announced and Equilibrium is very proud to have worked on some of the award winning projects alongside some fantastic builders.

The Award Winning Projects that Equilibrium were involved in:

161 Sussex Street Redevelopment Stage 1, Sydney – Multiplex – Hospitality Buildings $150,001 & over Category Winner

Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre – Multiplex – Retail Buildings: refurbishment / renovation / extension $30,000,001 & over Category Winner

Veolia Woodlawn MBT, Tarago – Lipman Pty Ltd – Site Safety: Commercial Projects $50,000,001 & over Category Winner

 

Congratulations to Buildcorp Group – Site Safety: Innovative Safety System Category Winner

We wish to extend our congratulations to all the winners.

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Equilibrium Insider Spring 2016

November 17th, 2016 by

Welcome our new newsletter, the Equilibrium Insider. This is designed to keep you all informed about what is happening at Equilibrium Air Conditioning
Click here to read the Spring issue of the Equilibrium Insider.
Enjoy reading our latest news!

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