AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) SkillTech Academy completed delivery of a three-day Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation training program in New Zealand. SkillTech Academy instructor, Bill Crist, P. Eng, delivered the training program for Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Ventilation in New Lynn, Auckland. Participants in the training included operational managers in addition to installers and electricians. The course covered the installation and commissioning of all types of mechanical ventilation systems with a major focus on systems that include a HRV. Feedback from those who attended the program was overwhelmingly positive and participants cited the “House As A System” module of the program to be particularly valuable.

Prior to delivering the training, time was spent in researching the country’s building practices through meetings with contractors and regulatory authorities, and tours of both existing homes where ventilation systems were being installed and new homes at different stages of construction.

According to the association, the regulatory community in New Zealand appears receptive to further dialogue with HRAI. The country is interested in learning more about the ventilation component of Canada’s building codes and the importance of mechanical ventilation in the residential sector. HRAI anticipates that there will be a need for additional training in the future.

For more information, contact Joanne Spurrell, director, Education & Market Development, at 800-267-2231 or

Publication date:12/24/2007