Hong Kong public schools to receive air conditioning grant

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Beginning next year, public schools in Hong Kong will receive a recurrent air conditioning grant.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam recently announced the grant, stating it is intended at assisting schools “provide a more comfortable teaching and learning environment for teachers and students in hot weather.”

The grant will cover the purchase and installation of air conditioning systems for standard teaching facilities (including classrooms and special rooms), activity centres and assembly halls in all public schools.

As part of her election manifesto, Lam said she would look to boost the government’s recurrent education expenditure by HK$5 billion a year.

In Australia, air conditioning in schools is covered by government is some places, but not all. There have been reports showing government funding shortfalls are being met by parents and teachers.

“Ten years ago it was the electronic whiteboard … now air conditioning is a big flavour of the month because not all schools get air-conditioned by the government,” Mandy Weidmann, Fundraising Expert and Editor of the Fundraising Directory said in an interview with ABC.

“Schools shift their budget to the more essential items and leave these holes where parents have to jump in,” Weidmann said.

Australian state government and territories have varying guidelines on how schools should deal with the heat, although there is no ‘set temperature’, which forces a public school to close.

Many urge the national government to set out a national policy. Dr. Brendon Hyndman, Lecturer in Health and Physical Education, Southern Cross University, includes “[using] large industrial fans and [ensuring] indoor spaces have open doors/windows or air-conditioning access during activities” as a key action area in his proposed national school heat policy from earlier this year.

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Queensland Government to ban air conditioning during hot days

Queenslanders have just been informed that they are to expect a long, hot summer with higher than average temperatures and heatwaves. And their state government may demand that residents keep their air conditioners above 26°C.

It has been revealed that the State Government has approved a blueprint to enforce a set of extraordinary measures, after being advised summer electricity use would hit a new record.

The Summer Preparedness Plan, which has been drawn up by the Government’s Energy Security Taskforce states: “If you’re feeling the heat, our electricity network is feeling the heat, too…During a heatwave, residents may be asked to manage electricity network stress by changing air conditioners to 26 degrees or above and using cooling only in occupied rooms during peak hours.”

The plan also requests that workplaces “use air conditioning at 26 degrees only in occupied spaces, avoid using advertising lights and other non-essential lighting, and turn off non-essential electrical equipment.”

So far there has been no clear indication as to how this plan would be enforced, but as experts predict, limiting power supplies is likely to become a reality as excessive power usage continues.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, a trial is underway to pay residents to turn off their air conditioners during extreme heat, in an attempt to dodge large-scale blackouts this summer.

“To suggest that Victorians would have to shut off their air conditioners for a cash back rebate and sweat during the summer periods just to ensure blackouts are avoided is ridiculous,” Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick, said of the plan.

The last thing many want to stress over ahead of the summer months is ‘how am I going to keep myself and my family cool, comfortable and safe?’ Another option is to pick a more energy-efficient air conditioner, such as Evaporative Air Conditioning from CoolBreeze.

Evaporative Air Conditioning is much cheaper to purchase, install and operate than an equivalent reverse cycle system. And one of the main reasons it is more cost-effective is because it has no nasty refrigerant gases or energy guzzling compressor, which means it consumes around 80% less electricity.

Additionally, with CoolBreeze’s cutting-edge MAXIMA Inverter Technology, users get more airflow for a given energy input – that means more air for less energy!

Conventional air conditioning motors convert energy to heat when operating at lower speeds. Our inverter technology reduces power consumption dramatically when used at lower speed, saving energy costs.

With an Evaporative Air Conditioning system in place, you can keep your house cool and feel satisfied knowing you are not going over energy limits.

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Taking the cool with you

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We all know the great benefits that come from evaporative air conditioning inside a home. We sleep better, we breathe cleaner, filtered air; and odours and food cooking smells are removed. And most importantly, we enjoy the benefits of a comfortable temperature. In some cases, it can be so agreeable at home, that many dread leaving the ‘cool zone’ and venture out into uncomfortable climates.

As technology and innovation has pushed the boundaries for what is possible inside the home, there are scientists who are working on ensuring no one needs to sacrifice comfort, wherever they may be.

A new smartwatch promising to alter a wearer’s temperature is causing a buzz in the news and on Kickstarter. The wearable tech, dubbed the AirCon Watch, can apparently alter a person’s body temperature by transferring small pulses of heat or cold to the wrist, which then signal the nervous system.

“We can trick our brain into thinking that we are cooler or warmer than we really are,” The Hong Kong-based developers explain. The thinking is similar to holding an ice cube to a person’s wrist, in order to more rapidly cool them down. But unlike the short-term effect of ice, the watch promises a battery life of 4 hours for cooling.

This isn’t the only wearable aircon tech on the market. The US Army has long been experimenting with light-weight refrigeration devices for soldiers and army personnel who endure extreme temperatures and intense activity.

An example is the Light-Weight Environmental Control System, or LWECS, a body-worn microclimate cooling system. The system is comprised of a cylinder 3 ½ inches around, which connects to a cooling vest and provides 120 watts of cooling. Worn directly against the soldier’s skin, the vest has approximately 110 feet of tubing through which cool fluid can pass.

“It’s the same technology that’s in your air conditioner or in your refrigerator, except instead of conditioning air, it chills a fluid. And then it pumps that fluid through a tube-lined cooling vest,” Brad Laprise, a mechanical engineer at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) said in Armed with Science, the US DoD’s science blog.

In India, ‘air conditioned-jacket’ trials for Special Forces soldiers are now underway. The air conditioning technology has been designed to keep soldiers more comfortable during extensive exercise.

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