2021 WA HVAC&R Emerging Trends Symposium

On Tuesday, November 9, AIRAH’s WA division will host the second edition of the HVAC&R Emerging Trends Symposium. The afternoon event will take place at Ascot Racecourse and is directly followed by the Perth Industry Night (from 4–7pm). Together, these two events are an excellent opportunity to network in a face-to-face setting while hearing about the latest industry trends from HVAC&R building services experts.



DATE Tuesday, November 9
TIME 12.45pm – Registration, tea and coffee on arrival
1pm – Symposium starts
4pm – Symposium ends
4–7pm – Perth Industry Night (RSVP)
VENUE Ascot Racecourse Director's Lounge
Level 2, 71 Grandstand Rd, Perth
A map of the venue is available to download here
Enter via Matherson Road, Gate 6, free parking available.
COST AIRAH member: $40 early-bird (ends October 12) / $55 regular
Non-member: $60 early-bird (ends October 12) / $75 regular
AIRAH student member: $30
RSVP by October 26, unless booked out prior.



There will be opportunities for Q&A and networking throughout the event. A PDF of the program is available to download here.


Chris Bong, M.AIRAH

Regional BDM (WA,SA,NT), Trane Technologies
AIRAH WA Committee President

Electrification of heating

As our world is facing unprecedented climate change, we must all challenge what’s possible to make our world sustainable. Our society demands that we act bolder and take steps to positively influence our climate and our planet. While global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, researchers believe they will likely rebound, and have urged governments to prioritise clean energy solutions and policies to tackle climate change.

Bong is passionate about new solutions to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in HVAC and process cooling industries, with focus on optimum life cycle cost. After graduating as Mechanical Engineer, he has been in the HVAC sector for more than 25 years as supplier and installation contractor. Bong has been involved in many projects including ice and chilled water storage systems, district cooling systems, mineral process cooling and building services. He embraces low-GWP refrigerants and low carbon emission technologies.



Professor Hui Tong Chua

Head of department of chemical engineering, The University of Western Australia

Thermal performance prediction of outdoor swimming pools

This research presents a practical model to estimate the heating capacity of an outdoor swimming pool. Weather and solar conditions are significant contributors. The model is benchmarked using data from a 30m and 50m outdoor pool over a two-year period. A comparison among various models shows the present model is able to replicate experimental data better than others.  

Professor Dr Hui Tong Chua has a PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS), M.Eng (NUS), and B.Eng (first-class Hons, NUS). His research interest covers heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, process engineering, and waste heat utilisation.

From 2008–2012, he was the aboveground engineering program leader of the WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence. He has since focused on baseload geothermal energy, collaborating with DevelopmentWA on the “Cool Earth Project” in comparing the performance of a ground-source heat pump with an air-source heat pump. Chua was the joint winner of the 2019 AIRAH Award for Excellence in HVAC&R Research. He also collaborates with the Beatty Park Leisure Centre on measuring the heating capacities of geothermal outdoor Olympic-size swimming pools and comparing them with various model predictions. Since 2020, he is a non-executive director of Good Water Energy Ltd, focusing on delivering green hydrogen from baseload geothermal energy.



Derek Olsen, M.AIRAH

Director, Fast Works HVAC

Understanding VR and its role in HVAC training

Olsen will introduce the basics of XR (VR) technology and the work he and his team have completed in turning one of the most recognised commissioning activities (the air-balance) into a fun and effective VR learning experience. He will present several case studies of where XR technologies are already being used by major companies, and what is being done to bring this approach to the local HVAC industry. His talk will include how the air-balance training prototype was created in VR, and how HVAC equipment and instrument manufacturers helped in the process. A case study will also show how the newly constructed Holmesglen HVAC Centre of Excellence was recreated in VR from the basic building information modelling.

Olsen has over 25 years’ experience in the HVAC industry, and is a member of several peak industry bodies including AIRAH and NEBB. He is the founder and previous director of Olsen Environment – a leading technical services company in WA specialising in HVAC testing and commissioning services. He has also developed award-winning commissioning software products and virtual reality HVAC training simulators which have been adopted by HVAC testing and commissioning companies in Australia and overseas.

In 2016, Olsen received the prestigious AIRAH Award for Product of the Year for his flagship testing and commissioning digital productivity system XOperative TAB.


Andrew Haning, Affil.AIRAH

Andrew Haning, Affil.AIRAH

Chief technical officer, Element47

HVAC for the net zero world

As the world sets targets at COP26 for net zero – and with Australia joining the ranks with a commitment of net zero by 2050 – what does this mean of the HVAC industry? Smart, energy-efficient, and internet-connected HVAC is required to support more than just the needs of the building it is installed in. As we transition to a distributed energy resource (DER) electricity grid, more dynamic solar, wind, and battery storage are key to enabling a rapid low-cost transition to a reliable 100 per cent renewable electricity grid. How can HVAC play its part in the energy transition?

Haning’s contribution to Element47 comes from a blend of education, research, and a significant amount of proven field experience. He gives back to the scientific community by supporting universities, publishing articles, and as a current member of AIRAH’s Renewable Heating and Cooling Special Technical Group (STG).

Haning has been involved in Green Star, NABERS, and the transition to sustainable zero carbon buildings. He's managed over 200 buildings – including state and local governments, universities, retail, industrial, and commercial assets. In his commitment to CIBSE soft landings, he shares the lessons learnt from years of auditing and managing assets.



Mark Lommers, M.AIRAH

Chief engineer, DUG Technology

Advanced cooling systems for computers

Climate change is widely regarded as the biggest ongoing issue facing the planet’s inhabitants and many communities are quantifying their “carbon footprint” by calculating the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of their activities. Reducing energy waste is the first step to reducing carbon emissions. Historically, DUG has pushed the boundaries of energy efficiency by deploying DUG Cool immersion based cooling technology in its data centres worldwide, providing a world-leading efficiency improvement.

Ever decreasing chip lithography, increasing core count, and frequency of operation have pushed the boundaries of energy density in modern logical processor technologies. These advances in processor operation have sparked the need for revolutionary approaches to system support systems, such as cooling, that are both high performance and high efficiency. This presentation outlines some of the various advanced cooling systems being developed for the new generations of computer equipment technologies and their methods of operation, together with impacts on the modern data centre design to enable their implementation in energy dense layouts of the future.

As chief engineer, Lommers leads development of DUG’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and next-generation carbon-free energy resources to commercialise DUG’s global HPCaaS cloud environment, including development of DUG Cool immersion HPC technology, integration of future customer technology needs into the platform, and development and planning of new HPC installations and expansions.


Thank you to our WA HVAC&R Emerging Trends Symposium partners

Cooling Towers WA Trane Daikin