AIRAH’s ‘can’t miss’ industry event: The Future of HVAC 2017 conference

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The premier learning and networking event in AIRAH’s calendar, the Future of HVAC 2017 is slated for Sydney next week. An opportunity for industry members to come together and contemplate the technology, challenges and new approaches confronting the industry, the conference will bring together the HVAC community’s sharpest minds, innovators and influencers.

Taking place at Doltone House in Pyrmont over September 13 and 14, the conference will include presentations by speakers covering everything from intelligent buildings through to big data, passive-house applications, transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems, and indoor environment quality, among other topics.

“The Future of HVAC conference has become the must-attend event of the year for industry professionals,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “Showcasing ideas from HVAC&R heavyweights and the latest technology and innovations on offer, this conference is vital to those with a stake in the future of our industry.” 

The conference has the support of Australia’s most important property organisations, with representatives from NABERS, ASBEC, the GBCA and the Property Council of Australia (PCA) participating in a panel session on “The path to net zero” moderated by the PCA’s Francesca Muskovic.

Day one of the conference will see Rosemary Sinclair from Energy Consumers Australia deliver a timely keynote address about the state of Australia’s volatile energy market, particularly as it relates to small businesses and household consumers.

Tina Perinotto from The Fifth Estate will deliver day two’s keynote address. 

Attendees will also be able to hear a presentation by Alan Fok, M.AIRAH, from WSP. After experiencing the 2011 Brisbane floods first-hand, Fok was inspired to develop a resilience strategy to mitigate the impact of disruption on pre-existing buildings. 

“In our cities, disruption can derive from natural weather events or from artificial events such as power blackouts, ruptured water pipes, and faulty lifts or air conditioning plants,” says Fok, who is also a member of AIRAH’s Resilience Special Technical Group. “The impact can be just an inconvenience, or it could be life-threatening and cost millions of dollars to business due to disruption. I want to address what we can do about it.”

Industry luminary Jeffery Robinson, M.AIRAH, and Tiffany Cheung, both from Aurecon, will be discussing the opportunities and challenges the Passive House standard presents to the Australian HVAC industry. By comparing three different HVAC strategies, they will explore how the standard can be met. 

Other speakers at the conference will discuss integrating heat pumps and food refrigeration, lessons learnt from Pilbara mining, and using cloud-based analytics to maximise HVAC efficiency, among many other topics and technologies.

A regular attendee says: “The Future of HVAC is a good networking event, always has interesting perspectives on the industry, and helps me keep abreast of how the industry is thinking – or not thinking ¬– about the future.”

You can follow the event or join the conversation on social media using #FutureofHVAC

Thanks to our sponsors ActronAir (major sponsor); A.G. Coombs, Fantech and Heatcraft (supporting sponsors).

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