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AIRAH's The Future of HVAC 2015 Conference will be held at ZINC, Melbourne from August 18–19.

Now in its third year, AIRAH’s The Future of HVAC Conference 2015 will return later this year to gaze into our industry’s future, and contemplate the challenges, technology and bright new ideas that await.

The Future of HVAC 2015 conference will explore industry research, state-of-the-art technology, education, and future design conditions. 


Registrations are closed.

Registration costs (all include GST)

Early bird AIRAH member: $790 (until July 17)
Early bird AIRAH non-member: $990 (until July 17)

AIRAH member: $900 (after July 17)
Non-member: $1090 (after July 17)

August 18 (Day 1) attendance only: $500 (includes evening drinks function)
August 19 (Day 2) attendance only: $450

August 18 evening drinks function only: $95

Student* AIRAH member: $350
Student* non-member: $460

*To receive the student registration rate, students must provide evidence of full-time student status.

Information for international delegates

Please email if you are a non-Australian resident and wish to register. We do not accept online registrations by international delegates. All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. It is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for the correct visa and allow enough time for the processing of your visa application. AIRAH will only process registrations by international delegates on receipt of a valid visa or ETA. AIRAH is unable to supply letters of invitation for delegates. For more information, please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Cancellation and refund policy

Registration may be cancelled up to three weeks before commencement of the workshop, with participants receiving a refund less a 20% administration fee. In all other cases of cancellation the extent of any refund will be at the discretion of AIRAH.

Please note: The event organisers retain the right to alter or amend any of the details of the event, or any other matter associated with the event. Personal insurance for injury or loss of property or baggage is the responsibility of the attendee.


AIRAH is recognised as a key provider of training to the HVAC&R industry. Please check with Engineers Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia and state regulatory authorities that require you to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to claim points for your attendance. 

For more information, visit our Continuing Professional Development webpage.

Conference program

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Confirmed speakers include the following.

Keynote speaker
Keynote speaker
John Thwaites, ClimateWorks Australia and Monash Sustainability Institute
Tony Wood, Grattan Institute

John chairs the Australian Building Codes Board, as well as the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and he is a director of the Australian Green Building Council. John is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

John was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change.


Tony Wood has led the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since mid-2011. Since then he and his team have delivered seven major reports on energy and climate change and he has developed a strong profile with governments and industry, and is a regular contributor in major media on key energy issues. Tony will be speaking about the future of the energy grid.

Graham Carter, M.AIRAH, Lend Lease
Karen Hovenga, M.AIRAH, Karen Hovenga Sustainability Consulting
Not-so-cool roofs
Has the work life of future shock finally arrived?

Graham is sustainable design manager, Design, at Lend Lease. Graham is trained as a mechanical engineer in Canada and has worked in the area of low energy and environmental building design for 20 years. 

The dialogue around green, cool and energy-generating roofs has elevated in recent years, yet there are significant shortfalls in understanding how different roof types affect mechanical system performance. Building on research presented in 2011, the outcomes from a collaborative research project will be presented. The industry partners hope to use this research to drive change through the industry.


Karen is principal of Karen Hovenga Sustainability Consulting, and is a mechanical engineer with more than 15 years' experience in building services and sustainability.

Based on a series of interviews with building services engineers, this short-burst talk will discuss working styles and workplace changes in the wider HVAC consulting industry.
Jeffrey Robinson, Aurecon
Simon Wild, M.AIRAH, Lend Lease
Buildings that teach and learn
Barangaroo climate change and adaptation case study

Jeff is Aurecon’s global sustainable buildings leader. He has worked as a consulting engineer for more than 28 years in the UK and Australia. Jeff has considerable experience with practical measures that can substantially improve the performance of new and existing buildings.

Jeff will review trends and case studies from leading university buildings that incorporate a variety of mixed mode heating and cooling systems, as well as embedded sensor networks and real-time monitoring.


Simon is sustainable design principal at Lend Lease. He was previously the CEO of Cundall Australia, managing director of Cundall Asia, and an international partner of the Cundall Group.

Barangaroo South is one of the world’s largest urban renewal projects and will be a major new extension of the Sydney CBD. This case study will identify the climate change effects that are likely to impact Barangaroo South and how they were assessed; a risk analysis summary; and an overview of the built form design response to the identified risk priorities.
Caimin McCabe, M.AIRAH, Cundall and
Hannah Morton, Cundall
Alexandra Harrington, M.AIRAH, The Warren Centre and
Niraj Patel,
WELL, WELL, WELL, what do we have here?
Cogeneration and trigeneration: Expectations and reality

Caimin has more than 22 years' consulting experience in environmentally responsive and sustainable building design.

Hannah's commitment to driving sustainability accompanies a background in renewable energy engineering and low-impact building design.

Caimin and Hannah will give an overview of the WELL Building standard, how this impacts the design of HVAC, and what needs to be considered to deliver a high standard of "wellness" in order to achieve a WELL rating.


Alex is the COO of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. Alex has more than fifteen years' experience in environmental management, sustainability and energy efficiency.

Niraj is an ESD Engineer at GIW Environmental Solutions with prior experience as a mechanical services engineer at NDY. He is also completing a masters of engineering degree.

Studies in Melbourne and Sydney have both raised questions about the state of co and tri generation systems in 20 years’ time, how they can be most effectively applied, the skills shortage in managing these systems and how well they correlate to low-carbon objectives.

David Ritter, Atelier Ten
Dhimendra Singh, M.AIRAH, Norman Disney & Young
The Bruck Building: A passive hotel in a sub-tropical climate
Redefining the design paradigm

David Ritter is associate director at Atelier Ten, Melbourne. His career in cutting-edge green building design has spanned the last 15 years. He began as an architect, and has worked for leading UK environmental engineering practices.

The Passivhaus movement has grown to become a leading standard in high-performance buildings across Europe and beyond, both residential and commercial. The Bruck Building case study will explain how this pioneering standard has been adapted for use in different climate zones and how it was effectively adapted for a hotel building in a sub-tropical climate near Shanghai, China. 


Dhimendra is a senior associate at Norman Disney & Young and is the technical lead of the Canberra office mechanical section. His design work incorporates practicality, versatility and innovation, together with sound environmental principles.

Dhimendra critically reviews the HVAC design delivery methodology with the aim of providing a roadmap for a redefined delivery process for the future – one that is more effective and efficient at utilising all the resources at its disposal.  

Conference committee

  • Ian Harwood, M.AIRAH, NDY (Chair)
  • Dr Mike Dennis, M.AIRAH, ANU
  • Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH, Atelier Ten
  • Chris Fontana, Affil.AIRAH, Degree C


What attendees from the previous two The Future of HVAC conferences had to say:

  • "This conference was blessed by the fact that many speakers were at the top of their respective organisations and could talk with authority."
  • “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.”
  • "Up there with the best conferences I've attended."

Watch the quick video wrap-up of The Future of HVAC 2014 Conference on AIRAH's YouTube channel.




Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria

ZINC is located at the eastern end of Federation Square, on the River Terrace at the end of Russell Street extension.

View Federation Square on Google Maps. View a map of ZINC's location within Federation Square.

Transport options:

By train/tram – Alight at Flinders Street Station, and cross Swanston Street to Federation Square. Proceed along the Yarra on River Terrace until you reach ZINC.

More information about getting to Federation Square can be found on the Fed Square website.


Parking is available on-site and can be accessed via Russell Street extension, which turns into the Federation Square carpark. Proceed to the lifts at the end of the car park, and then take the stairs to ZINC entrance on river level.  Click here for more details.


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