Thursday, February 27, 2020

As part of its centenary celebrations this year, AIRAH is inviting speakers to submit proposals for Outlook 2020, the Big Data and Analytics Forum 2020, and the Building Physics Forum 2020.

AIRAH’s headline event for the year, the Outlook 2020 International HVAC&R Conference and Awards Gala will take place in Sydney from November 8–10. It brings together the annual Future of HVAC Conference and the AIRAH Awards presentation gala.

“Outlook 2020 is a once-in-a-century event,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “It’s an opportunity to recognise our industry’s achievements over the past hundred years, and a window onto the next hundred.”

Last year saw a record crowd of 230 industry professionals gather in Brisbane for the Future of HVAC Conference. Given the landmark nature of this year’s event, an even larger attendance is anticipated.

AIRAH is seeking abstracts on an array of subjects that address and discuss the impact global forces are having on the future of the HVAC&R industry. This includes innovation and disruption; climate change, sustainability, adaptation and resilience; urbanisation; demographic and social change; and regulation and legislation.

Submissions close on March 13.

The Big Data and Analytics Forum 2020 will be held on August 6 in Melbourne. The event breaks down what big data is, and how the industry can use it to improve the built environment’s operational efficiencies.

Last year’s inaugural Big Data and Analytics Forum was held in Sydney and brought together an enthusiastic audience of 120 attendees including IT and controls experts, facilities managers, building owners, consultants and building services providers.

“Attendees agreed that this was one of the most outstanding first-time events in many years,” says Gleeson. “It provided a meeting point for two industries that are becoming increasingly interlinked: HVAC&R and IT.”

Presentations for this year’s event may cover topics such as using big data for science and engineering research, applications and evaluation of real-time big data systems, utilisation of multiple data sets from disparate systems, big data for improving resilient infrastructures and creating smart cities, and big data security and privacy. Case studies are also welcome.

Submissions close on February 28.

The Building Physics Forum 2020 focuses on methods of controlling heating, air and moisture flows across a building’s fundamental architectural elements and assemblies. It is slated for September 16–17 in Brisbane.

“One of AIRAH’s philosophies is not just perfecting mechanical services, but also focusing on the building or process characteristics that drive cooling and heating loads,” says Gleeson. “This is the aim of the Building Physics Forum.”

Since the conference began in 2017, it has been a vital space for professionals working in areas such as air movement, thermal performance, passive house, control of moisture, sensible and latent energy, acoustic performance, light, solar control, climate and biology. AIRAH is inviting abstracts on any of these topics, and more.

Submissions close on March 27.

Sponsorship opportunities for all AIRAH’s conferences are also available. Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000, or email [email protected] to be sent information on the sponsorship packages.