The leading conference for HVAC&R professionals and related industry experts, the Future of HVAC Conference 2018 will be hosted in Melbourne over September 12–13. 

The Future of HVAC conference was conceived as a vehicle to involve those who have an interest in where the HVAC industry is heading. 

It now attracts a broad range of stakeholders beyond mechanical engineering consultants and contractors, including ESD professionals, architects, tenants, building developers and investors, regulators, researchers, product and technology professionals, service providers, property and facility managers, educators and trainers, energy suppliers, workplace designers and more. 

The HVAC industry impacts many people in myriad ways. 

If you are interested in the future of HVAC, networking with our industry’s influencers, or providing expert opinion, the Future of HVAC 2018 is a must-attend event.

Key dates and news

  • Abstract submissions close – March 30, 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – April 16, 2018
  • Technical paper submission – June 29, 2018
  • Finalised and fully reviewed paper completed by July 30, 2018
  • PowerPoint presentation submission – August 31, 2018
  • The Future of HVAC 2018 Conference – September 12-13, 2018.

Call for abstracts

The Future of HVAC 2018 conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects that look to the future, including but not limited to: 
  • Advances in building and HVAC design 
    • Resilience for HVAC systems
    • Air quality and HVAC’s role
    • Modular construction and prefabrication – HVAC impacts and opportunities
    • Future approaches to design and installation
    • The impact of advanced façade designs on HVAC
    • BIM, digitisation and HVAC
    • Building simulation
    • Changes in workplace design – agile working environments and flexible workplaces
  • Innovations in HVAC equipment 
    • New refrigerants and equipment
    • Natural refrigerants and equipment 
    • New building automation and control technologies – connectedness
    • New air-handling methodologies including energy reclaim
  • HVAC and energy management 
    • HVAC’s role in demand response
    • Future of power generation and HVAC implications 
    • Building physics and thermal storage
    • Microgrids, PV, batteries and HVAC
    • Solar HVAC
  • HVAC ownership operation and management 
    • How machine learning might work in the future and affect the HVAC industry
    • Data analytics, cloud services, IoT – what does an information-rich future mean for HVAC?
    • Asset management and new maintenance approaches
  • Changes in national and international regulations – heading towards net-zero 
    • COP21 – how do we get there and HVAC’s role?
    • NCC – new energy efficiency provisions and the impacts on building and HVAC design
    • Green Star, WELL, LEED – driving design outcomes 
    • Global refrigerant phase-out programs and the implications for HVAC
  • HVAC Industry 
    • HVAC education and training, needs, issues and innovation
    • Project management and improved project delivery methods, IPD, etc.
  • HVAC research 
    • Innovative research projects
    • HVAC R&D in Australia – a health check
  • Case studies (but not limited to) 
    • Innovative HVAC design projects
    • Innovative HVAC installation projects
    • Innovative HVAC maintenance approaches
  • Changes in building use – agile working environments and flexible workplaces
  • Suggest a site visit or masterclass.

By submitting an abstract, speakers are also agreeing to submit a technical paper and PowerPoint presentation before the conference should their application to present be successful. The conference committee has the final say on accepted presentations. All submissions must include a 300-word abstract, a 100-word condensed abstract, 100-word biography and high-resolution author photo. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, including question and answers. Abstracts should be emailed to AIRAH’s Conference and Events Coordinator by Friday, March 30, 2018.  


Note: early-bird prices close on August 1, 2018.
Conference rate prices close on August 31, 2018.
Late registration prices are from September 1, 2018.

 Cost      Member     Non-member
Conference early-bird    $660    $880
Conference rate     $770    $990
Conference late registration     $880    $1,100
Day registration      $440    $590
Cocktail function (September 13)    $75    $95
 Student*    $220    $330

*Must provide evidence of full-time study. Please send copy of student card and/or a copy of your current student enrolment to conferences@airah.org.au

Click here to read the payment and cancellation policies.

Major sponsor



Conference information

Dates and Location

Dates: September 12–13, 2018
Location: Etihad Stadium
Gate 9
Victory Room
Docklands, Vic

Download the venue map and directions

How to get to the venue:

By train 
Cross the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge from Southern Cross Station until you reach Gate 2. Turn to your left, walk to Gate 9 and follow the signs to the Victory Room. 

By tram 
The Latrobe Street, Bourke Street and City Circle trams can be utilised to get to Etihad Stadium. Please refer to the map once you alight the tram to ascertain the direction you need to travel to and around the venue to get to Gate 9.

By car 
Enter the Etihad Stadium car park via Bourke Street - Car Park Entry A (left ramp). Park to the left of the venue and follow the signs to Gate 9. Take the lift to Level 1 and follow the signs to the Victory Room.

By taxi 
Direct the taxi to stop on the Harbour Esplanade side of the venue. Proceed up the steps next to AFL House turn to your right, proceeding to Gate 9 and follow the signs to the Victory Room. 


Contact the AIRAH office on 03 8623 3000 or email sponsorship@airah.org.au to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.

Conference committees

Technical organising committee

Tiffany Dawson, Aurecon
Shane Esmore, M.AIRAH, Umow Lai
Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs
Laurie Reeves, F.AIRAH, Controlworks

Organising committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH


For further information about The Future of HVAC 2018 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on 03 8623 3000 or email conferences@airah.org.au