Senior Professor Paul Cooper became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) at a ceremony at The Future of HVAC 2018 Conference in Melbourne on 12-13 September 2018. AIRAH Fellowship recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the HVAC&R industry as a practitioner, teacher or researcher.
Prof. Cooper is the founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), and has been heavily involved with AIRAH activities. Paul headlined AIRAH’s inaugural Building Physics Forum in 2017, with a keynote address on “Pushing the envelope: Building physics and improved indoor environments”, providing a comprehensive overview on the recent developments and efforts to improve the envelope and ventilation performance of buildings to better control our indoor environment .
Over the past 35 years, Paul has been involved in research in a wide variety of topics in sustainable buildings, energy systems, energy efficiency, and fluid mechanics. He has more recently undertaken research on energy in buildings, retrofitting of buildings for energy efficiency and sustainability, thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality for energy efficiency in aged care and dementia facilities, and renewable energy technologies.
The Sustainable Building Research Centre at the University of Wollongong will host the AIRAH Building Physics Forum on 22-23 November 2018.