Call for abstracts

The Future of HVAC technical committee is calling for abstracts on an array of subjects that address and discuss the implications of transitioning to net zero, and the impact global forces are having on the future of not only the HVAC&R industry but the entire built environment. 

The principal theme for The Future of HVAC 2022 is: Transitioning to a net zero built environment.

The committee is interested in seeing a range of submissions from a broad cross section of the built environment, including architects, developers, engineers, mechanical services contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, policy makers and regulators, and researchers.

This year’s conference will cover topics under five key areas: 


  • Mega-trends: Innovations, investment directions, and customers sentiment
  • Forecasts: Future of construction and building services integration
  • Climate change: Sustainability, adaptation, and resilience
  • People: Health and wellness 
  • Government: Programs, regulation, and legislation. 

The committee is also seeking presentations covering a broad range of facility types including commercial buildings, healthcare, education, retail, data centres and telecommunications, manufacturing, laboratories, high-rise residential, and the cold chain.

In addition to the five key topic areas and how they link to transitioning and delivering net zero, the organising committee encourages submissions offering:

Case studies

The committee welcomes and encourages case study examples of excellence, as well as lessons learnt. All case studies will be considered.

Suggested case studies:
  • Innovative HVAC&R design projects or product manufacturing 
  • Innovative HVAC&R installation projects
  • Innovative HVAC&R maintenance approaches.

Site visits, panel sessions, or masterclasses

The committee is interested in hearing from parties who can provide a suitable Melbourne-based site visit for attendees (before or during the conference dates of September 7 and 8). 

We are also open to proposals for panel sessions or masterclasses with industry experts on topics related to the conference theme. Please contact the AIRAH Conference and Events Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

Other ideas will also be considered by the technical organising committee. The committee has the final say on accepted presentations.

Abstracts and presentations must not contain overtly commercial material or include trade names in titles.* Presentations will be 25 minutes in length, including time for questions and answers.

All submissions must include:
  • A 300-word abstract submitted as a Word document
  • A 100-word condensed abstract submitted as a Word document
  • A 100-word biography submitted as a Word document
  • A high-resolution presenter photo

If a speaker's abstract application is successful, they will also be required to submit a PowerPoint deck and technical paper before The Future of HVAC 2022 Conference. More information and a PowerPoint template will be provided to confirmed presenters. 

Submissions should be emailed to AIRAH’s Conference and Events Coordinator at [email protected] by Thursday, April 28, 2022.
By submitting an abstract for this event, you are volunteering to deliver your presentation at the conference in person. Exceptions may be made if you do not reside in Australia**

*AIRAH’s Speaker Commercialism Policy

Commercialism is the inclusion of visual, written, or verbal references to any organisation for the promotion or commercial advantage of that organisation or the commercial disadvantage of a competing organisation. 

AIRAH will strictly enforce this policy for AIRAH papers, presentations, and/or research documentation at AIRAH conferences and professional development events. 

**AIRAH is committed to the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff. Our aim is to use only COVID-safe venues and ensure that a range of protocols and enhanced hygiene measures are in place to safeguard your health and wellbeing. This includes compliance with any commonwealth, state, or territory health orders that might include density limits, vaccination requirements, or mask wearing.

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