SAIRAC Members can now join the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR, UK) as an eAffiliate member at a specially discounted partner membership fee. The price for this is just £20 – equivalent to about R385 (normally around £90 per year). This rate is only available to our members because of a partnership which our National Committee have recently agreed with the IOR to share resources and work more closely together.

The benefit of taking up an IOR eAffiliate membership subscription is access to:

  • over 300 technical bulletins to download from the IOR website including Safety Codes of Practice for the four refrigerant groups – usually retailing at £48 each for non members
  • new refrigerant elearning and training materials for alternatives such as carbon dioxide, flammables and ammonia
  • invitations to take part in technical webinars, with recordings accessible when you want to watch them and free Certificates for Professional Development when you participate
  • news and updates on refrigerant developments from the IOR
  • you can book to attend UK-based IOR conferences at member discount rates

SAIRAC members can find more information by logging into the SAIRAC members only area and selecting the IOR tab.

Latest News:

Mark Your Calendar: Celebrating World Refrigeration Day 

World Refrigeration Day on 26 June this year has a particular significance as it marks the 200th Anniversary of the Father of Refrigeration – Lord Kelvin. Under the theme “Temperature Matters… Absolutely!” the day will feature a series of events all over the World. Here’s a sneak preview of what the Institute of Refrigeration and the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland have in store to mark this special anniversary. 


The IOR is celebrating this event with a webinar on the life and legacy of Lord Kelvin, featuring broadcasters and physicists Helen Czerski and Alok Jha. This online event will be aired at 9am, 4pm, and 8pm on the day. Hear their fascinating discussion of Lord Kelvin’s remarkable contributions to science and what this means for us today – whether you are a refrigeration specialist, oceanographer or astrophysicist!  

Register for your free place on the IOR website. 


Many other events are happening on and around World Refrigeration Day bringing the industry together. These include: 


Join the IOR’s Women in RACHP network on June 24 at Carter Thermal Industries in Birmingham where delegates will learn more about the design principles for cabinets and cold stores, and gain valuable insights into refrigerated cold store technology and case manufacturing. This event is a great training opportunity to learn and a chance to network with others working in the RACHP industry. 


This event will focus on what installers need to know about RACHP systems, offering invaluable insights to enhance your understanding and proficiency in making heat pumps work efficiently. Whether you’re an experienced installer or just starting out, this session promises to provide the essential knowledge you need to excel in the field. Free registration available above. 


The free IOR Masterclass on World Refrigeration Day will focus on Energy Optimization in Refrigeration Systems. This session will highlight the top five strategies RACHP engineers and technicians can use to conserve energy and reduce consumption. The IOR masterclass series supports apprentices, colleges, employers with trainees, and professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge. The presentation will be broadcast live and will be available to view later in the IOR Masterclass Library. 


The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland are holding a seminar marking the life and legacy of Lord Kelvin in his hometown of Belfast at the new Kelvin Building. The programme includes a film “Kelvin Master of Measurement”, a reception at The Kelvin, launch of a “Life of Lord Kelvin” picture book, talk on the Life and Legacy of William Thomson, Lord Kelvin and a visit to the Kelvin Statue at the Botanic Gardens. Limited places available register above. 


Could you be an IOR Trustee? 

The IOR is looking for members to join its Board of Trustees. The Trustees manage the governance of the IOR and its strategic direction. The Board of Trustees includes ten members and each year two new members are elected to ensure opportunities for different interests to be represented and more members to take part. To stand for election as a Trustee you will need to provide a short statement, a photo and be supported by two members. See the Nomination forms and more information at deadline for applications is 1st August. There will be a web-based election in October for voting members to select the two new trustees.