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AIRAH's The Future of HVAC conference, to be held at Docklands, Melbourne, on August 13-14, will explore the changes, ideas and innovations that are driving our industry's future.

“The idea behind The Future of HVAC 2013 is to discuss not just the new HVAC technologies and materials that are impacting on our profession, but also all the other things that affect what we do,” AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH, says.

“These can include changes to the way building are designed and constructed; indoor environmental issues; BIM and the digitisation of the built environment; the take-up of large-scale off-site prefabrication; life-cycle environmental considerations; significant legislative and regulatory changes; and of course the people issues, which are always complex and multifaceted.”

According to committee chair Bryon Price, M.AIRAH, the conference will provide a useful glimpse at the future of HVAC – it will look at the things that drive change, and in turn drive the future.

“We are in a dynamic industry in a rapidly changing world,” Price says. “You need to come along to The Future of HVAC 2013, and get a glimpse of what’s in store for you.”

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Conference committee

  • Chair: Bryon Price, M.AIRAH
  • Simon Wild, M.AIRAH
  • Andrew Pettifer, M.AIRAH
  • Deo Prasad
  • Craig Burns
  • Ken Thomson, M.AIRAH

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Conference program

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Registrations for The Future of HVAC conference are closed. 

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Donald Bates, Lab Architecture Studio
Delian Mills, Affil.AIRAH, Verdicorp
Donald founded Lab architecture studio in London in 1994 with Peter Davidson. In 1997 Lab were awarded the design contract for Federation Square and established their Melbourne studio. Donald is head of the Asian jury for the Holcim Awards, a global competition for sustainable construction; he has served on juries for numerous international architectural competitions; and he has lectured extensively at over 75 universities around the world. Last year, Donald was appointed Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne.

Delian is the Asia Pacific Regional Sales Manager for Verdicorp. Verdicorp design and manufacture Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators. Delian has worked in HVAC and energy efficiency for the last 18 years, during which he has gained a wide range of experience in the practical application of converting one energy source (typically gas) to another (heat) and possibly another (electricity or cooling).

Read Delian Mills' abstract (by Nick Mascall)
Rob Murray-Leach, Energy Efficiency Council
Mark Waring, M.AIRAH, Mirus Consulting Services
Rob is the CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council. He was formerly a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency and part of Australia's independent Climate Change Review (the Garnaut Review). He has a background in behaviour and sustainability from the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide. In 2011 he received the EcoGen Young Clean Energy Industry Leader award.
For more than 30 years Mark has worked as a mechanical engineer in design and construction air conditioning companies in Sydney (Siganto & Stacey Australia and Optimus). His breadth of experience includes large projects across retail, commercial, health and education, as well as data centres. Mark now works for his own consulting business, Mirus Consulting Services. 

Read Mark Waring's abstract
Christhina Candido, University of Sydney
Damien Spillane, M.AIRAH, Digital Realty
Dr Candido holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil). She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and another PhD in Environmental Science from Macquarie University (Australia). Christhina is currently a post-doctoral fellow for BOSSA project and is also involved on other research projects.

Read Christhina Candido's abstract
Damien is a senior data centre professional with specific skills in leading demanding projects and teams, dealing with uncertainty, change, risk and programme within complex data centre projects. Damien is an accomplished mechanical engineer with history of delivering large blue-chip data centre projects as a design consultant, main contractor and client-side representative.

Read Damien Spillane's abstract
Karl de Wet, Draftech Dvelopments
Richard Keech, Solem Consulting
Karl is a director of Draftech Developments which specialises in RevitMEP modelling and documentation. Karl has been coordinating business services for 15 years, using 3D modelling. He started using Autocad, BSlink and ADT with Navisworks and then moved to CadDuct. When RevitMEP became workable he moved to full BIM and and has completed more than 70 RevitMEP projects to date.

Read Karl de Wet's abstract
An experienced engineer (MEng, RMIT 1988) Richard has worked in the military and commercial IT for the past twenty years. Richard recently returned to university and gained a Masters of Environment (Energy Efficiency). He now works as an energy efficiency consultant for Solem Consulting, and as a researcher in low-emissions buildings technology for environmental NGO 'Beyond Zero Emissions'.

Read Richard Keech's abstract
Robert Saidman, ARUP
Allan Aaron, Simons Green Energy
Robert is a Senior Associate in the Arup Building Services Engineering team. He has had experience in the design, construction and management of a variety of projects including residential apartments, mixed use developments, hospitals, education facilities, museum collection facilities, offices and retail developments. Robert is passionate about integrating services into the building form and has a strong understanding of multidisciplinary solutions in engineering design.

Read Robert Saidman's abstract
Allan is Director of Corporate Development at Simons Green Energy. Allan is also a founder and partner at Technology Venture Partners. He has been involved in high-growth businesses for the past 15 years, three of which were spent in Silicon Valley in the USA. Allan holds an Honours degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He is completing a post graduate research degree in Renewable and Sustainable Energy. 

Read Allan Aaron's abstract
Kylie Farrelley, Arkema
David Jarratt, M.AIRAH, WSP Built Ecology 
Kylie is the Business Manager, Australia and New Zealand, for Arkema’s Fluoro Chemical Business Unit. Kylie has 13 years experience in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry and is an active participant in several Industry Associations, including Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and Refrigerants Australia. Kylie has a BComm from Deakin University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Read Kylie Farrelley's abstract
David is a Director and Australasian Brand Leader for WSP Built Ecology, a specialist service of WSP Group and a practice that has been dedicated to devising high performance design strategies for over 15 years. David actively leads teams to develop and implement design strategies for projects. He actively pursues the delivery of world leading solutions to ensure the full benefit of high performance design is realised by all project stakeholders. 

Read David Jarratt's abstract
Wasim Saman, F.AIRAH, University of South Australia 
Eric Peterson, University of Queensland
Professor Saman is Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the Barbara Hardy Institute/ University of South Australia. He has published over 180 technical articles and supervised 26 post graduate research candidates. In 1997 Professor Saman founded, and became Director of the Sustainable Energy Centre. He is currently leading projects focussing on solar thermal electricity generation and storage. He is also Research Leader in the CRC for Low Carbon Living. 

Read Wasim Saman's abstract
After ten years as a building services engineer, Eric moved into postgraduate research, academic teaching, consulting and industry. Recent work includes sustainable building engineering at the Queensland Government’s Built Environment Research Unit and Sunwater, lectureships in architectural and civil engineering, and most recently consulting and teaching thermal performance assessment at the University of Queensland.

Read Eric Peterson's abstract
Craig Roussac, Buildings Alive 
Gene McGlynn, Dept of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Craig is a director and co-founder of Buildings Alive and is responsible for the company’s operations and strategic direction. Craig has a longstanding interest in energy and buildings and is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in the Architectural Science discipline. His primary research interest is in how technologies and non-technological factors can combine to achieve significant greenhouse gas emission reductions from the operation of buildings.

Read Craig Roussac's abstract
Gene is Assistant Secretary of the Building Energy Efficiency Branch in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.He looks after Commonwealth Government policies in relation to building standards, disclosure of energy performance of buildings, building products regulation, and Energy Efficiency in Government Operations. He has worked on climate change and energy efficiency matters for over 15 years, including the OECD in Paris and the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.
Brian Clohessy, BVN Architecture
Peter Brodribb, Expert Group
Brian is a highly skilled and experienced architect. Since joining BVN in 2005, Brian has been involved in significant projects including the Challenger workplace in the Sydney Hilton Hotel and the new library for Ravenswood Girls School in Sydney. Prior to coming to Australia in 2003, Brian worked on the concept design and documentation of projects such as the Mater Children’s Hospital in Dublin and was a team architect on a large mixed development in Limerick, Ireland. 

Peter is a specialist in strategic and technical issues associated with direct and indirect emissions in climate change, energy and HVAC&R industries. He has co-authored major research studies in the HVAC&R industry and has extensive experience preparing economic and technical models, greenhouse gas inventories and policy papers to evaluate the impact of energy efficiency and carbon policy for policy makers, agencies and industry. He will speak about the recently released Cold Hard Facts 2 report.

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Sumac & Sketch
Shed 14, Central Pier
161 Harbour Esplanade
Docklands, Melbourne Vic 3008

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Abstract submissions for this conference have now closed.

Abstract topics must be relevant to the future of HVAC and may include, but are not limited to:

  • New HVAC technologies and materials
  • Architectural developments, enhanced building envelopes and building design
  • Indoor environmental issues
  • Life-cycle issues including embodied energy and whole-of-life environmental impact
  • BIM and digitisation
  • Off-site manufacturing, prefabrication and installation technologies
  • Commissioning and operational tuning
  • Energy and environmental costs and impacts
  • Climate change abatement
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Industry resourcing, training, education and career paths.


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