Promoting the advancement, practice, education and technology of refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning in New Zealand

A quick history...

The Institute was formed in 1989 following the amalgamation of NZIHVE (the New Zealand Institute of Heating and Ventilating Engineers) and NZIRACE (the New Zealand Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers). These original organisations had been operating for over 50 years in New Zealand.

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Our main aims are to:

  • Promote the economic well-being and quality of life of our members, and of the refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries (our industry), and to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of every New Zealander
  • Represent and promote the business interests of our members who work in our industry
  • Advance and promote (including the use of standards) the technology used by and activities of those in our industry for the benefit of every New Zealander
  • Promote a high level of skill and design that our Members, Associates and Affiliates can follow (by developing Practice Guides, qualifications and other relevant industry sector New Zealand Standards as the Board thinks is appropriate for and relevant to our industry)
  • Provide a forum for our Members, Associates and Affiliates to discuss and share their knowledge and experience.

Kindred Organisations

Climate Control Companies Association (CCCA)

Refrigerant Licensing New Zealand

Refrigerant Recovery New Zealand

International Affiliations

Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning & Heating

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers

International Institute of Refrigeration

National Affiliations

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Energy Management Association of New Zealand

Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

Government Links

Ministry for the Environment

Environmental Protection Authority

Economic Development Information

Building & Housing Information

Employment Relations | Health & Safety Information

Online Business Resources

Educational Links


Manukau Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

New Zealand Qualification Authority

Standards New Zealand