AIRAH’s 2017 Pre-loved Buildings Forum returns to explore potential for existing stock

Featuring a stellar line-up of speakers, AIRAH’s Pre-loved Buildings Forum returns in 2017, taking place in Sydney on August 3. 

Last held in 2014, the Pre-loved Buildings Forum advocates that a strong focus on HVAC&R in the existing built environment can achieve dramatic effects when it comes to reducing energy use, conserving water, and improving the occupied space. 

“AIRAH’s Pre-loved Buildings Forum will offer an insight into understanding the drivers behind the decision to reuse a building, as well as the unique constraints of a retrofit, adaptive reuse or refurbishment project,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “This Forum will be the place to hear updates from government, case studies, lessons learnt, and an overview of the latest research.” 

AIRAH has put together an impressive line-up of expert speakers, who will present on a broad range of topics. 

Delivering the keynote address will be 2016 AIRAH Future Leader Award winner Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH. As the program manager at NABERS, Flores will delve into whether there’s a limit to how energy-efficient existing buildings can become, how far we’ve progressed towards making buildings more sustainable, and how much improvement we can expect to see in the future. 

Making use of 20 years of NABERS data, he will answer these pivotal questions, and explore some of the biggest opportunities in building sustainability leading up to 2020. 

Sure to be another highlight of the Forum, Jeff Robinson, Affil.AIRAH, from Aurecon, will analyse sustainability and heritage buildings. 

A prominent figure within the built environment industry, Robinson will discuss the legislation that protects heritage buildings in Australia, and outline some of the challenges and constraints of working within these. He will present case studies from around Australia, and provide examples of how designers and building operators have achieved high Green Star and NABERS ratings in heritage-listed buildings. 

Speakers will also cover topics such as reducing energy from HVAC systems; passive-house pioneers retrofitting for energy efficiency; smaller-scale commercial and retail buildings; and a case study on the retrofit of Gordon Stephenson House. 

The Pre-loved Buildings Forum technical organising committee is Gary Whatling, M.AIRAH from A.G. Coombs; Craig Roussac, M.AIRAH, from Buildings Alive; Gary Knox, M.AIRAH, from Daikin Australia; and Aurecon’s Jessica Holz, M.AIRAH. 

AIRAH thanks supporting sponsors Ecorithm by Controlworks; and Magnetite, Australian retrofit double-glazing specialists. 

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