Step inside Australia’s newest landmarks at Future of HVAC 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

AIRAH’s Future of HVAC 2019 conference on September 11–12 will offer an exclusive window into Australia’s most exciting projects – and the technology that is being used to build them.

One of the perks of working in the built environment is the VIP access it offers to flagship projects. This year’s Future of HVAC Conference takes place in Brisbane, the home of two of such projects: the country’s largest and tallest timber office building, at 25 King, and the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf redevelopment in the Brisbane CBD.

“The Future of HVAC Conference puts us on the doorstep of two of the most important developments Australia has seen in recent times,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “We are delighted to have keynote speakers who can give us insights into both cutting-edge projects, including details of the technologies and approaches used.”

Lee Walters from Lendlease and Aurecon’s Danni Roberts, Affil.AIRAH, and Joel Fernandes will give a presentation on 25 King. As the developer (Lendlease) and the provider of engineering services and anchor tenant (Aurecon), they possess deep knowledge about the project.
The trio will discuss the benefits of timber construction, as well as the challenges for mechanical and building services when using this increasingly popular material.

“We were really excited about the innovation of the timber building,” says Roberts. “It was a great opportunity to work together for an innovative and sustainable solution.”

Also on the program are Alastair Brook from PDC Engineering Evolved, and Chris Deans from Destination Brisbane Consortium – both of whom are heavily involved in the Queen’s Wharf project.

Brook and Deans’ case study will look at a developer’s approach to a building information modelling (BIM) implementation on a multi-form, multi-stage development.

As well as the sessions on 25 King and Queen’s Wharf, there are three other keynote presentations over the two-day conference.

Simon Carter from Morphosis will discuss how we can seize the opportunities of digitalisation while also being responsible, ethical and sustainable.

Professor Andrew Harris from Laing O’Rourke and the University of Sydney will look at how new technology is transforming our industry, particularly in construction.

And Neil Wypior from the Eurofast Group will share the impacts and opportunities of building services pre-fabrication in the Australian market.

The impressive roster of keynotes is supported by a program of more than 40 expert speakers presenting across two rooms. There will also be four panel sessions – always popular spaces for conversation between participants and the audience.

“The Future of HVAC is AIRAH’s flagship event, and our goal each year is to make it better than the last,” says Gleeson. “With the calibre of presenters we have for Brisbane, we are confident of raising the bar again.”

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AIRAH thanks major Future of HVAC 2019 sponsor ActronAir and supporting sponsors A.G. Coombs, Alinta Energy Geothermal and simPRO.