The Future of HVAC 2016 Conference Webcast

Professor David Hood’s thought-provoking presentation, along with the full two days of the AIRAH Future of HVAC 2016 Conference are now available.  

We appreciate that not everyone who wished to attend the two–day Future of HVAC 2016 Conference held from September 7–8 was able to do so, and that is why we are pleased to make this webcast available.

Here is your opportunity to access all 17 of the presentations. Over nine hours of presentation, slides and panel discussion you can view and listen to at your leisure, with topics exploring advances in the design process, HVAC and smart grids, net-zero buildings, Big Data, and many others.

We also recognise there is no substitute to attending in person and engaging with presenters and fellow colleagues within the industry, and that is why we are providing access to the content at less than half the cost of attending the conference.

Pay only $495 to receive your personal link and passcode to the webcast.  

Hear what some of the conference attendees had to say.

The program of presentations is listed below.

Day One



Keynote address: Hon. Dr. Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef 

The Minister outlines the Queensland Government’s climate objectives and policies and the vital role the HVAC sector plays. 

10 minutes 

So we’ve done NABERS. Now what? – Paul Bannister M.AIRAH, Energy Action 

In light of the ongoing improvements to overall building stock that will be required to meet Australia’s COP21 climate target, it is time to start looking at the broader lessons of NABERS for HVAC engineering, sustainability and operation and how these might be expanded to deliver buildings that provide ultra-low emission outcomes. 

27 minutes 

HVAC design practices that support the benefits of Lean design and construction – Warwick Stannus, A.G. Coombs

The application of lean design and construction methodologies to HVAC and mechanical services design and installation, combined with offsite manufacturing techniques, is set to transform the future of project delivery in Australia.

30 minutes 

PRIME update – Tony Gleeson, CEO AIRAH

PRIME is a meeting place for like-minded organisations to come together to address some of the issues surrounding the transition to low global warming refrigerants. Hear how PRIME is progressing and its current agenda.

Seven minutes 

Australian indoor environment rating tools and the future of building health, wellbeing and productivity – Joe Scholz M.AIRAH and Mark Graham App.AIRAH, QED Environmental Services

The relationship of building occupant health and wellbeing with productivity and the indoor environment is becoming an increasingly important factor in client expectations. There are various rating tools in the market that quantify the indoor environment and provide an effective benchmark against other buildings of similar type. The advantages and disadvantages of the three leading tools, with reference to the impact of HVAC design and maintenance are explored.

26 minutes 

Utilising cloud technologies to augment facilities and asset management – Carl Agar, A.G. Coombs

New capabilities in asset and facility related data acquisition and analysis, and field mobility technology will revolutionise how we manage buildings and their HVAC technical assets, improving performance and providing innovative ways to analyse and project life cycle cost. 

24 minutes 

Automated Fault Diagnosis (AFD) – panel session

Leading exponents of AFD from the supplier and user side of the AFD equation discuss its strengths, areas for further development and key aspects of its operation and performance.

32 minutes 

The Future of HVAC venue real time performance demonstration – Matthew Sullivan App.AIRAH Hux Connect

Hear how Hux Connect can measure a whole range of indoor environment metrics through a low cost integration of a full sensor system.

13 minutes 

The benefits of low pressure VAV diffusion design – Peter Henry M.AIRAH, Fantech

A new Variable Air Volume system (VAV), utilising the latest technology, is now delivering lower energy consumption, sustainability and more flexible air distribution solutions for air conditioning large spaces. A case study showing the results that can be achieved demonstrates why the use of low pressure air distribution is gaining momentum. 

23 minutes 

Solar air conditioning: an update – Subbu Sethuvenkatraman, CSIRO 

An update on solar air conditioning covering technical options, the market and a real life commercial example scenario.

21 minutes 

Living algae buildings – could it be the future of local sustainability? – Paul Stoller M.AIRAH, University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture 

A Hamburg apartment building grows its own algae and uses it for heating and hot water. Is algae the next sustainable building technology? Could it work in Australia? A trans-disciplinary team at ITS explored these questions in a feasibility study with property industry stakeholders from NSW. Hear why algae may be the next sustainable building technology.
18 minutes 

Day Two

Keynote Address – Professor David Hood AM, Queensland University of Technology 

The HVAC industry and its leaders are uniquely placed to provide both mitigation and adaptation solutions to help address the influence of climate change.  

43 minutes 

Why good schematic design load calculation is becoming a lost art (and why it’s hurting the industry) – Andrew Corney, Sefaira 

Good schematic design load calculations can be used early in the design process to great effect to steer the design and support good architecture and sustainability, so why is it becoming a lost art? 

25 minutes 

Integrated design and parametric modelling – Richard Stokes, Arup 

Parametric modelling comprising parametric definitions, inputs and controls, and logic gateways, enables an integrated design journey to be pursued, but are we missing steps.   

21 minutes 

HVAC design and performance: a modern approach – PC Thomas, Team Catalyst 

The changing role of HVAC engineers and what is required today. 

32 minutes 
Making building services more resilient – Nicki Parker Affil.AIRAH, AECOM 

Using future climate projections to understand how buildings will perform throughout their intended design life, and what this means for resilient HVAC design. Building performance is reviewed by considering the interaction of climate variability with peak loads, energy consumption and thermal comfort.

21 minutes 

A calibrated simulation case study for an office retrofit in Canberra – Hongsen Zhang and Paul Bannister M.AIRAH, Energy Action

The process of applying simulation to retrofit design is different from that used in new construction, requiring the simulation to be calibrated to available measured data for the building. See the modelling and calibration process for retrofit design demonstrated with an office building in Canberra. See sustainability, resilience, compliance and innovation in action. 

17 minutes