Now calling for abstracts: AIRAH’s 2017 Pre-loved Buildings Forum

Last held in 2014, AIRAH’s Pre-loved Buildings Forum is back and taking place in Sydney on August 3. The committee is now calling for abstracts.

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.

The Forum is being held at Sydney’s Doltone House on August 3.

“The 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.” 

The Forum’s technical organising committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:  

  • Energy efficiency, building tuning and optimisation
  • Updates from government and a review of rating tool systems
  • Lessons learnt from improving the performance of existing buildings
  • Retrofit and refurbishment case studies
  • The impacts of digitisation on existing buildings
  • Latest research and technologies
  • Architectural, environmental and financial drivers.  

By submitting an abstract, speakers are also agreeing to submit a PowerPoint presentation before the conference, should their application to present be successful. 

The technical committee has the final say on accepted presentations. All submissions must also include a 100-word author biography and high-resolution author photo. Abstracts should be emailed to by April 17. 

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

AIRAH thanks supporting sponsor Magnetite, Australian retrofit double-glazing specialists. 

For more information and to register, go to