AIRAH’s inaugural Building Physics Forum debuts this week

Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Grand Ballroom will provide the backdrop for AIRAH’s first Building Physics Forum this week. This new event will bring to the fore air movement, thermal performance, and the control of moisture across building envelopes. 

Taking place this Thursday, June 15, AIRAH’s one-day Building Physics Forum will explore ways of controlling flows across a building’s fundamental architectural elements and assemblies. 

“We’ve managed to put together a compelling line-up of speakers for our inaugural Building Physics Forum in Brisbane,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. 

“Attendees can expect to get the latest developments on a truly broad range of topics relating to air movement and building envelopes. Everything from air tightness and ventilation to thermal bridging will be covered. We’ll also have an international perspective via case studies from the UK and Japan.” 

Attendees will be treated to an extensive line-up of presentations featuring some of Australia’s leading minds in the building physics space.

Headlining the event will be a keynote address from the founding director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), Professor Paul Cooper, M.AIRAH.

Bringing 35 years of experience to the table, Cooper has been involved in a wide range of research on sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics. His current research interests include net-zero energy buildings, retrofitting existing dwellings, IEQ in aged-care facilities and apartments, automation of natural ventilation systems, innovation in building management systems, photovoltaic-thermal, and cool roof and other innovative building envelope technologies. 

In his presentation “Pushing the envelope: Building physics and improved indoor environments,” Cooper will provide an overview of recent developments and efforts to improve the envelope and ventilation performance of buildings, in order to better control our indoor environment.

“Energy efficiency and health go hand in hand,” says Cooper. “And it’s a real issue in Australia. Recent research suggests Australians suffer greater rates of morbidity as a result of cold than people in much colder climates such as Sweden. While this research is in its infancy, the thinking is that this may be due to the poor thermal performance of housing here.”

Cooper will also showcase the recent research findings on natural and mixed-mode ventilation systems and associated control systems, together with the latest research on thermal comfort in residential and high-performance buildings. Innovations and research on building envelope systems, such as innovative wall and façade systems, will also be covered. 

Also, providing their expert insight and expertise to the Building Physics Forum will be presenters Brett Beeson, M.AIRAH, from Lehr Consultants International; Dr Mark Dewsbury, M.AIRAH, from the University of Tasmania; Mahmudul Hasan, M.AIRAH, from Certis Energy; Sean Maxwell, AM.AIRAH, from Efficiency Matrix; Andy Russell, M.AIRAH, from Proctor Group; Dr Clyde Anderson from Anderson Energy Efficiency; Jessica Hogg from Inhabit Group; and Chris Killoran from Arup.

AIRAH executive manager – government and external relations Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, says even though the Forum is rather technical in nature, in the end it’s really all about people.

“By controlling flows across the building envelope,” Wilkinson says, “we can deliver better indoor and outdoor environmental quality, thereby improving the comfort, wellness, and performance of people.” 

AIRAH thanks major sponsors Architectural Window Systems and Ventient, as well as supporting sponsors the Australian Passive House Association, Bradford, Kingspan and Pro Clima.

To view the full program and to register, go to