The Future of HVAC 2017 Conference

The Future of HVAC 2017 Conference
Now in its fifth year, the Future of HVAC Conference has become the must-attend conference of the year. Industry leaders will explore the advances, ideas, and innovations that are driving our industry’s future. The discussion will encompass not only new HVAC technologies and materials, but advances in future design processes, HVAC and smart grids, net-zero buildings, big data, and several other topics. The two-day event will give all in attendance the opportunity to gaze into our industry’s future, and contemplate the challenges, technology, and bright new ideas that await.
When
13/09/2017 - 14/09/2017
Where
Doltone House Darling Island Wharf
48 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont
Sydney, NSW 2009 Australia

Prices

Note: early bird prices close on August 4, 2017.

 Cost      Member     Non-member
Conference early bird    $790     $950
Conference rate (after early bird)             $890     $1,050
Day registration      $450     $550
Cocktail function (September 13)    $75    $95
 Student*    $350    $450

*Must provide evidence of full-time study. Please send copy of student card and/or a copy of your current student enrolment to conferences@airah.org.au 

Click here to read the payment and cancellation policies.

Feedback from 2016

Last year's attendees discuss what made the 2016 Future of HVAC event so special.

 

 

Sponsors and exhibitors

Innotech

Heatcraft

Speakers

Rosemary

Rosemary Sinclair, Energy Consumers Australia


Keynote speaker

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Biography 
Rosemary Sinclair is the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, established by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council to enhance consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance and material consequence for energy consumers, household and small business consumers in particular. ECA focuses on the long-term interests of consumers of energy with respect to the price, quality, safety, reliability, and security of supply of energy services.

Previously, Rosemary was CEO of Immediate Solutions, a boutique consultancy practice focused on strategy development, digital technology transformation, stakeholder engagement, governance and government relations. She was also Director, External Relations at the Australian School of Business (ASB), University of New South Wales (UNSW); and Managing Director, Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG).

Rosemary has many years of senior large-scale operations, communications, and strategy experience in business and government across telecommunications, media and education.

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Paul Bannister, F.AIRAH, Energy Action


Proposed fan and pump-system measures for NCC2019

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Abstract

Section J of Volume 1 of the National Construction Code is due to be updated in 2019. As part of this process, Energy Action were commissioned by the Australian Building Codes Board to undertake a study into opportunities to increase the stringency of Section J.

The existing fan and pump measures are based on W/m2 and W/(l/s) provisions that are intended to provide flexibility in design but carry several disadvantages in terms of the level of rigour they apply to an individual system.

As a result, it has been proposed to replace these provisions with component-based measures that balance the need to provide design flexibility and the need to reflect a useful level of stringency.

Bannister will discuss proposed measures affecting fan and pump systems derived from this study, and demonstrate the overall impact of these approaches using examples based on real systems to show the extent to which the proposed measures impact on fan and pump energy consumption.

Biography 
Bannister is one of the world’s leading authorities in energy efficiency. As manager of the research programs of New Zealand’s consultancy Energy Group, he played a key role in the development of New Zealand’s standard for energy efficiency in large buildings.

He is an expert in energy efficiency, building and property industries, developed through the provision of realistic and effective technical advice coupled with his central role in the development of energy efficiency innovations such as the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating Scheme (now renamed NABERS energy).

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Jonathan Clarke, M.AIRAH, Norman Disney & Young


Intelligent (smart) buildings – Whatever that means?

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Abstract

The term “intelligent” or “smart building” has been bounced around over the last 30 years, but what does it mean by today’s standards?

Integrating services with a common building network could contribute to being smart, but only if there are smart outcomes.

The question is, what outcomes do we need to achieve smart? Big data, analytics, metadata, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, BIM and gaming engines are all entering our world adding a complex layer of technology to a building being constructed using traditional methods and constrained timeframes.

Clarke will uncover the smart from not-so-smart, and showcase buildings and technology from around the world, providing an insight to smart design and delivery and the latest tenant expectations of an operational Smart Building.

Biography 
Clarke has been in the control and automation industry for over 30 years, with many of those as a systems integrator and designer. He has also consulted to HVAC manufacturers and building portfolio owners and with a focus on integrated solutions and energy reduction. Clarke is currently the Controls Group National Manager at Norman Disney & Young.

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David

David Keightley, Ecospectral


Using IoT and cloud-based analytics to maximise HVAC efficiency and occupant comfort and safety

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Abstract

Sensing capabilities combined with data analytics is recognised as a powerful avenue to lower the cost of HVAC in buildings and to track system efficiency, system wear, and repair scheduling. With new renewable energy supplies, battery-storage systems and smart-distributed electrical grids, HVAC systems need to respond to power-load shedding and load-shifting in highly flexible and more responsive ways that require additional information about customer needs and usage patterns.

Complementary data can contribute to significant HVAC flexibility and savings, providing significant benefits to both customers and manufacturers. By tracking human activity – along with energy, noise analysis, and temperature within the building – facility managers and building occupants gain critical insight for planning, optimal space usage, and behavioural changes, resulting in happier, safer occupants and more efficient buildings.

This is accomplished by using existing and new sensors deployed throughout the building in a 3D mesh of sensing and control capabilities. Distributing intelligence throughout the building using new internet of things (IoT) technology, coupled with local open-standard data and control formats, and cloud-based predictive analytics and artificial intelligence algorithms, the building HVAC system gains the ability to adapt to usage patterns, changes in usage patterns, and equipment failure.

Keightley will describe this system architecture, an implementation approach, and how it complements existing systems and provides knowledge to HVAC systems to satisfy both reduced energy-consumption requirements, real-time responsivity, and occupant comfort and safety. As tolerance for CO2 emissions approaches zero, this model offers significant gains for the HVAC industry to meet those goals.

Biography 
Keightley is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ecospectral where they have developed an industrial internet of things (IoT) platform for sensing, control, and analysis of human activity patterns, physical building properties, and optimisation. His previous studies include signal processing, electrical engineering, and applied mathematics.

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Peter Barry, M.AIRAH, BHP


Lessons for the Future of Australian HVAC from Pilbara Mining

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Abstract

In future, many Australian HVAC systems will be required to deal with harsher environmental conditions. This is due to the possibility of increased extreme climatic conditions and a push to increase population centres in more northern and central regions of the country.

For many years, BHP has maintained a large operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia to extract, process, and transport iron ore for seaborne transportation to its customers. This includes numerous office and other air-conditioned buildings for its operations.

The extreme nature of the ambient environment due to dust, heat, and high humidity have caused issues including problems with equipment failure, mould, operator discomfort, condensation, high operating costs, and damage to building fabric and furniture. In many cases these problems have arisen due to poor understanding of how to deal with the difficult ambient conditions by system designers and architects, or failure to maintain adequate standards during construction.

The many lessons learned in these facilities provide an insight into how HVAC designs in general should be developed to meet future requirements in Australia’s potentially more challenging environmental future.

This presentation will present case studies from BHP facilities across the Pilbara and address the difficulties for HVAC systems posed by the harsh mining environments, and the measures used to rectify these issues. The design requirements which the company will mandate in future designs will also be discussed.

Biography 
Barry is a Lead Projects Engineering specialist within BHP Iron Ore Projects in Perth, WA. His responsibilities include overseeing designs submitted on projects for non-process infrastructure including buildings, workshop facilities, and mechanical utilities.

A highly qualified and experienced engineer, Barry is registered as a Chartered Engineer in the UK and is also a member of CIBSE, ASHRAE, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has had over 21 years of career development within major consultancy and contracting organisations where his responsibilities have included leading building services design teams on specialist pharmaceutical, biotechnological, industrial, and commercial projects.

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Alan Fok, M.AIRAH, WSP


The inconvenient cost of disruption

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Abstract

Our weather patterns have changed significantly in recent decades, with the Australian climate experiencing more extreme temperatures. Floods are occurring more regularly in our major towns and cities, and the ferocity of cyclones crossing our northern borders are more intense and damaging. Climate change has caused significant disruptions logistically and financially to our way of life.

In our cities, disruption can derive from natural or artificial events such as power blackouts, ruptured water pipes, faulty lifts or air conditioning plants. The impact can range from an inconvenience to the people in the building, or it could be a life-threatening situation that can cost millions of dollars to business due to disruption. So, what can we do about it?

The question that we should ask is – are these events preventable? If not, how can we develop resilience into our buildings and facilities to minimise disruption? Inevitably, this will lead to the question, what is the cost of being resilient? Or should the question really be, what would be the cost for not being resilient? Fok will examine the immediate cost and associated impacts of a disruption, and the scenarios of being resilience-ready versus complacence.

Biography 
Fok is a senior sustainability consultant at WSP, with over 13 years’ experience in the HVAC and sustainability industries. He is also an AIRAH NSW Committee member and the secretary for the AIRAH Resilience Special Task Group.

As a chartered engineer, he has worked on a wide range of projects from hospital development to multi residential, office towers to retail designs. He now focuses much of his time in working with asset managers in commercial assets.

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David

David Murray, Oberix 


Smart buildings

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Abstract

Integrated buildings have moved beyond simple SCADA level integration where extra-low voltage systems (ELVS) such as building automation, energy management, security and lighting are integrated on a common user interface. Smart Buildings integrate building system data into a real-time 3D-rendered virtual model that allows the user to “walk” through their virtual building, clicking on assets and equipment as they go.

This 3D model is built from the BIM file and is a single storage point for technical data, service information, commissioning records, and any relevant information associated with that asset. This data and document management benefits the construction teams and is tied to that asset for the life of the building, also benefiting the facility managers through the buildings lifecycle.

Biography 
Murray has over 20 years’ experience in the building services and automation industry where he has worked on numerous projects and solutions. He is the Customer Insights and Innovations Manager for Operational Intelligence where his focus is working with building owners, developers, and portfolio managers to help them achieve the best outcomes for asset performance and human productivity in digital transformation of buildings, cities, and work spaces.

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Tiffany Cheung and Johanna Trickett, Aurecon


Case study – Australian education building seeks passive house standard

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Abstract

Cheung and Trickett will discuss the challenges the Passive House standard introduces to the Australian HVAC industry, and how it can be met through the comparison of three different HVAC strategies.

Biography 
Cheung is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Aurecon with over 5 years’ experience in the building services industry. Throughout her career, she has worked on a wide variety of projects across commercial and residential sectors, new builds and refurbishments. Her experience working in the United Kingdom allowed her to experience working with a diverse range of older, unconventional HVAC systems.

Trickett has over 13 years’ local and international industry experience as an architect, sustainability advisor, and ESD consultant. She is a certified Passive House Designer and a Green Star Accredited Professional. Trickett is currently an ESD Consultant at Aurecon.

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Anthony Harrigan, M.AIRAH, CAREL


Heat pumps in a smart grid scenario

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Abstract

The optimisation of energy consumption and the necessity to decrease CO2 emissions are driving the research of higher-efficiency systems for HVAC and refrigeration markets. Harrigan will discuss building management and heat-pump management to underline background and benefits of both digitalisation and flexibility in the context of smart grids and demand/response strategy.

He will outline a case study that looks at how the integration of commercial heat pumps equipped with new-generation environmentally friendly refrigerants like R-744, and the optimisation of the whole system are the key factors for an efficient energy recovery system with low consumptions and higher efficiency.

Biography 
Harrigan has over 25 years’ experience in the HVAC&R industry, both nationally and internationally. His current focus is on the global movement of further refrigerant changes, system enhancements with new technologies, and striving to achieve improved energy efficiencies with lower environmental impacts.

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Joe

Joe Scholz, M.AIRAH, QED Environmental Services


NABERS Indoor Environment vs. Energy – how to excel in both

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Abstract

Building owners are increasingly being asked to certify the quality of the office space they provide, resulting in the uptake of indoor-environment-quality rating schemes such as WELL Building Standard, Green Star Performance, and NABERS IE.

NABERS Indoor Environment ratings are set to proliferate in Australia, due to its simplicity, low cost when compared to Green Star and WELL Building Standard, and impact on Office Quality Grade (under Property Council of Australia guidelines), Green Star Performance and thus GRESB.

So, how can we provide better indoor environments of more fresh air, better thermal comfort and better filtration of pollutants, without impacting the energy efficiencies we worked so hard to achieve?

How can HVAC professionals provide better ratings in both Indoor Environment and Energy?

Scholz provides an insight into how this can be achieved, by utilising BMS monitoring to track performance of a NABERS IE rating, in tandem with energy rating performance.

Biography 
Scholz is an environmental engineer and director at QED Environmental Services where he has been responsible for technical development of QED’s national indoor air-quality management programmes for the commercial property industry. Recently, Scholz has been investigating the link between the indoor environment, health and wellbeing, and how these may be rated and then improved in buildings around Australia.

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Venue

Doltone House Darling Island Wharf
48 Pirrama Road 
Pyrmont
Sydney NSW 2009
Accenture Building (opposite the Star), 
Waterfront Promenade entrance.

For information on parking, public transport and how to get to the venue, please click here.

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Doltone

Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities for the Future of HVAC 2017 Conference are now available. Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email sponsorship@airah.org.au to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.


Conference committees

Technical organising committee

Alex Harrington, M.AIRAH, The Warren Centre
Chris Fontana, M.AIRAH, Degree C
Peter Phillips, F.AIRAH, PCES Consulting
Shane Esmore, App.AIRAH, Umow Lai
Mark Hams, M.AIRAH, Airchange

Organising committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH


Contact

For further information about The Future of HVAC 2017 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email conferences@airah.org.au