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The Future of HVAC 2014 Conference will be held at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney from July 16-17, 2014.  

AIRAH COO Neil Cox says the objective of The Future of HVAC 2014 is to provide delegates with an insight into the issues, practices, technologies, regulation and design approaches affecting the HVAC industry now and into the future.

“The Future of HVAC conference aims to bring together the full range of industry stakeholders – from equipment manufacturers to engineering consultants, to contractors and facility mangers – to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the industry,” Cox says. “It’s a chance to look forward and explore the technologies, attitudes and innovative thinking that will drive the industry tomorrow and in years to come.”

“We are aiming to have a conference that offers a useful glimpse at the future of HVAC,” says conference committee chair Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH. 

“This year’s conference will continue with the theme of technology, ideas and research from last year, with an emphasis on adaptability and flexibility. We’ll be looking at flexible construction techniques, multi-use buildings, and how changing behaviours, perceptions and expectations will affect the HVAC industry. 

“We’re also interested in the economic challenges and opportunities for the sector, including construction, design and manufacturing, and how the HVAC workforce will adapt.”


Registrations for The Future of HVAC 2014 conference are now closed.

Testimonials from The Future of HVAC 2013 conference

What attendees from The Future of HVAC 2013 conference had to say:
  • “The amount of information presented was fantastic and the quality of the speaking was very high.”
  • “It was excellent to see the passion with which all the presenters embraced their topics.”
  • “The topics were really interesting, topical and applicable to my work.”
  • “It was an opportunity to see what issues are coming up and assist my company on how to prepare for them.”
  • “Overall I think it was a really well-organised conference and I hope to attend more in the future.”

Conference committee

  • Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, Edefice (Chair)
  • Graham Carter, M.AIRAH, Lend Lease
  • Robert Simic, M.AIRAH, Engineering Commissioning Services
  • Borzou Shahsavand, M.AIRAH, Asset Services
  • Dr Zhenjun Ma, M.AIRAH, University of Wollongong
  • Graham Brown, Affil.AIRAH, ActronAir

Conference program

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AIRAH does not provide CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points but we are a recognised provider of events. 

This conference is registered with the GBCA and attendees can apply to receive 13 CPD points.

Please check with Engineers Australia and other various state regulatory authorities that require you to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to claim for your attendance at AIRAH events.   


Keynote speaker
Keynote speaker
Dr David Orsmond, Reserve Bank of Australia
Paul Edwards, App.AIRAH, Mirvac

David is deputy head of the economic analysis department at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and heads the bank’s regional and industry analysis section. David previously worked at the International Monetary Fund, as its resident representative to Ukraine. He helped oversee Ukraine’s reform program, and was also the mission chief to the Solomon Islands. His publications include articles on currency arrangements, global imbalances, growth in Asia and commodity markets. 

Paul is group general manager of sustainability at Mirvac. He is responsible for all environmental and social challenges and opportunities across Mirvac. Paul recently launched Mirvac's plan for a sustainable future: “This Changes Everything”. Paul is co-chair of the Better Building Partnership Sydney, having previously chaired the UK BBP and the British Council of Offices sustainability committee. He has also participated in various working groups including the EPRA sustainability committee, as well as BCSC, NSA, UKGBC and the GBCA.
Simon Wild, M.AIRAH, Cundall
Raul Simonetti, CAREL Industries Italy

Simon is CEO of Cundall Australia. With over 20 years’ experience in the design and analysis of ESD in buildings, Simon's key skills include the prediction of thermal comfort in semi-outdoor spaces, the analysis of ESD strategies in buildings, and the high-level application of strategic ESD principles in overall masterplanning. Simon set up Cundall Australia in 2003, having worked for two years in the firm’s London office as an associate partner. 

Read Simon's abstract

Raul is climate systems application development manager at CAREL Industries in Italy. His tasks include the introduction of beta prototypes, working with OEM customers on custom product requirements, and drafting detailed technical specifications for new products. Raul represents CAREL at seminars and congresses in Italy and internationally, presenting technical papers on humidification and evaporative cooling.

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Warwick Stannus, M.AIRAH, A. G. Coombs
Dr Mike Dennis, M.AIRAH, Australian National University

Warwick is group engineering manager at A.G. Coombs. His career has focused on central plant upgrades, data centres and commercial refurbishment projects. In recent years, Warwick has been involved in the delivery of independent commissioning agent services, working on a number of leading Green Star projects. 

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Mike is a senior research fellow with the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has ten years of international experience with large-scale industrial process control and information systems. After returning to University in 2004 to complete a PhD in predictive control of solar water heaters, he has continued to develop renewable energy technologies for residential applications and lecture in solar technologies.

Read Mike's abstract
Dr Ronald Wood, M.AIRAH, Innovative Plant Technology
Dr Josh Wall, M.AIRAH, CSIRO

Ronald is a director and principal consultant Innovative Plant Technology. Ronald is an environmental scientist who has 25 years’ practical experience and research in indoor air filtration and the role of plants in removing VOCs. Ronald is a long-term member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), with an in-depth knowledge of indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings, health issues and energy saving measures. 

Read Ronald's abstract

Josh leads the Intelligent Efficiency Project as part of the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship, developing innovative ways of applying advanced information and communications technology to improving the way we distribute and utilise energy. Josh has experience with the development of advanced energy efficiency and demand management technologies with a particular focus on HVAC systems in commercial buildings.

Read Josh's abstract
Jenny Lewis, WSP Built Ecology
Brett Fraser, A-Gas

Jenny is an environmental design consultant at WSP. Her goal is to bring a combination of thoughtful, innovative design strategies and new technologies to the built environment in a way that has a positive impact on the quality, cost and longevity of buildings. Jenny has been involved in the delivery of many high-profile projects, and has also contributed to the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan.

Read Jenny's abstract

Brett is business development director at A-Gas International. Prior to joining A-Gas, Brett held different business management roles with Arkema’s fluorochemical business unit. Most recently Brett was global business manager for Arkema’s refrigerant blends and components business, based in the USA, and was responsible for overall business profitability and guiding relevant R&D efforts. 

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Wayne Lobo, Affil.AIRAH, Ark Resources
Matthew Webb, Umow Lai and University of Melbourne

Wayne Lobo is an ESD engineer at Ark Resources in Melbourne. Wayne has a background in commerce, mechanical engineering and environmental engineering. He has a keen interest in building simulation, which he uses to develop solutions that maximise both energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. 

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Matt is a simulation specialist at Umow Lai and is completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne. Matt is investigating the application of functional biomimicry to non-residential building façades, using knowledge of biological systems and emulating key characteristics in façade designs to improve thermal performance.

Read Matt's abstract

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The Theatre,
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Transport options:

It's a 20 minute walk from Sydney CBD to the museum, across the Pyrmont Bridge.

The museum may also be accessed by ferry, bus or train


Metered street parking near the museum is limited.

Discount parking is available at Harbourside Secure Carpark, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. Present your parking ticket at the museum foyer ticket desk for validation. Parking for the day costs $13.

Parking is also available at Star City Casino.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed.
  • Abstracts should be of 200–300 words
  • Submissions must also include: a 100 word author biography, and a high-resolution author photo.
Topics must be relevant to the future of HVAC and may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Developments in building design and materials
  • Off-site manufacturing, pre-fabrication and modular design
  • New technologies and research, including biomimicry, solar cooling and geo-thermal
  • The economics of the future HVAC&R industry
  • Design of flexible, large-scale residential and mixed-use developments
  • BIM, digitisation and IT developments
  • Commissioning of HVAC systems
  • Legislation, regulation, standards and benchmarks, including energy performance ratings and refrigerants 
  • How to engage facility managers and building owners 
  • Adaptive buildings and/or HVAC systems
  • Changing nature of building occupants’ behaviour, perceptions and expectations
  • HVAC&R skills for a new generation. 

Sponsorship opportunities

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