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Issue #91 February 2020
Cover Story : Scott Street Liverpool
Considered Sydney’s third CBD, Liverpool, in the rapidly growing greater south west region, is undergoing a significant transformation. The completion of a new 4 star Green Star commercial office building is representative of this change as the city welcomes new business to the area.

Technically Speaking : System Effects
Catalogued air flow performance data is created from test results conducted to standards such as ISO5801. Testing to a standard ensures accurate and consistent results between different laboratories.
Product News : ProductHead "Fantech partners Fantech partners with Hunter"
ProductContent "Fantech has partnered with US-based Hunter Industrial – part of the 133-year old Hunter Fan Company – to introduce the Hunter HVLS fan range to Australia and New Zealand."

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Issue #90 July 2019
Techtalk - Issue 90Cover Story White Rabbit sets sail

Designed by Sorgiovanni Design and One2Three Naval Architecture, White Rabbit is a 100% custom-designed superyacht built to its owner’s exacting requirements. It showcases the highest standards of luxury cruising and provides amazing seakeeping, speed and fuel efficiency for a vessel of its size.

Technically Speaking Discharge guide vanes on axial fans

Some time ago, guide vanes were commonly supplied with axial fans in order to improve fan pressure development. However, low energy costs and a lack of focus on energy efficiency resulted in guide vanes being removed from axial fans, to reduce their cost.

Product News Ultra efficient ECOtronic range arrives

The ECOtronic axial fan range delivers ultra energy efficient operation and can be designed into a Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) system. It combines the high performance Aerofoil Series 1 impeller with an intelligent Electronically Commuted (EC) shaft motor that delivers a cost effective ventilation solution.

Issue #89 December 2018
Techtalk - Issue 89Cover Story Annexe to Parliament House

Built over a two year period, the new Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annexe is providing much-needed office space to the members of the Victorian Parliament.

Technically Speaking Air Leakage

The consequences of air leakage can include a reduction in delivered air flow; thermal losses due to air leaking between conditioned and unconditioned areas; and an increase in power consumption due to the additional capacity required to correct losses due to air leakage.

Product News Aviator taking control of the air

Aviator Intelligent Ventilation Control systems use the latest digital technology to manage as few as one fan, or up to a large system of multiple fans and sensors for almost any ventilation application.

Issue #88 October 2018
Techtalk - Issue 88Cover Story Stadium like no other

The new Perth Stadium (known as Optus Stadium) is a 60,000 seat, world-class multi-purpose stadium designed to host a variety of sport and entertainment events including AFL, cricket, rugby codes, soccer and concerts.

Technically Speaking Kitchen exhaust fan casings and cowls

Recently, the Standard relating to kitchen exhaust fan casings and cowls for commercial buildings was updated. As there has been some confusion regarding Section 6.2 of AS/NZS 1668.1 2015, Fantech has sought an interpretation from the committee responsible for this Standard.

Product News The low profile duct

Increasingly, architects and builders of residential apartments, hotels and commercial properties are seeking ways to lower construction costs by reducing the size of ceiling voids and therefore minimise the overall building height.

Issue #87 December 2017
Techtalk - Issue 87Cover Story Hello sunshine

Following almost four years under construction, the Queensland Government’s new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital officially opened to the public in April 2017.

Technically Speaking Air flow balancing via diffuser sensors

The AirLink Integrated Variable Air Volume (VAV) system is the next step in efficient HVAC system design. This modern system is based on electronic VAV diffusers working with an even pressure duct design. The system removes the need for air flow hood measurements as all air balancing is performed by the optional air flow sensor built into each diffuser, and the centrally located Rickard software or Building Management System (BMS).

Product News Gorilla X now bigger and smarter

After launching the Gorilla X HVLS fan range earlier this year, Fantech has now introduced a number of exciting new upgrades to meet the demands of most applications.

Issue #86 October 2017
Techtalk - Issue 86Cover Story Fiji's new-look airport

As the international gateway to the Fiji islands, Nadi International Airport has been redeveloped through a major modernisation project that improves the traveler experience and enhances Fiji’s reputation as a major tourism destination.

Technically Speaking Technically Speaking : Ventilation in small indoor swimming pools

The correct ventilation solution for a given pool enclosure depends on a number of variables – including the pool surface area, the enclosure volume and whether or not the area is sealed from adjacent rooms.

Product News Product News : Meet Blue Rhino

The Blue Rhino’s innovative design integrates a state-of-the-art Variable Speed Drive (VSD) that can be preconfigured to the client’s requirements. This helps reduce service costs, provides greater reliability and can save installation and commissioning time. The Direct Drive motor delivers improved energy efficiency and will almost always have more capacity to meet any additional air flow requirements by simply adjusting the VSD.

Issue #85 July 2017
Techtalk - Issue 85Cover Story New development brings life to Sydney wharves

In 2003, the NSW Government decided to transform the wharves into a new urban precinct known as Barangaroo. The $6 billion project separates the area into three sections for development. Barangaroo Reserve features 6 hectares of parkland planted with 75,000 Sydney natives to replicate the vegetation when inhabited by traditional owners, the Gadigal people. Barangaroo South and Central Barangaroo include a vibrant financial and commercial business hub, over 80 retail outlets, waterfront apartments, a dining precinct and a 6-star hotel.

Technically Speaking In-Duct and Free-Field noise levels

Fan manufacturers can choose to publish either ‘In-Duct’ or ‘Free-Field’ noise levels depending on where the noise is measured. The difference between the two terms is not well understood by many engineers and can lead to underestimation of noise levels.

Product News The quiet achievers - New Gamma and Heritage Ultra series

Fantech’s Ultra series, which also includes the recently released PowerLine in-line range, feature Ziehl-Abegg’s innovative Mixed-Flow impeller with high performance blade geometry. The Ultra series can achieve up to a staggering 30% additional air flow compared to the standard model of the same size, without generating higher noise levels.

Issue #84 December 2016
Techtalk - Issue 84Cover 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.

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.

Product News

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.

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