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AIRAH 'Future of HVAC' conference next week

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) conference ‘The Future of HVAC’ set for next week, from August 13–14.

Registrations are still open for the event, which will explore the changes, ideas and innovations that are driving the industry’s future.

“There are so many things happening in HVAC and the built environment right now: new technologies such as phase-change materials, new refrigerants, new data around climate change design, and new approaches to old problems,” says AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH. “If you are interested in where your industry is headed, you really must attend The Future of HVAC 2013.”

Together with new and emerging HVAC technologies, the conference discussion will encompass developments in architecture and design, climate change adaptation, energy availability and markets, BIM and the digitisation of buildings, on-site generation, IEQ and legislative and regulatory changes, plus updates on HVAC research.

Professor Wasim Saman, F.AIRAH, from the University of South Australia, will discuss the impact of climate change on external and internal temperatures in air conditioning design.

“The values take into account the impact of climate change on outdoor conditions and anticipated thermal comfort requirements,” he says.

Saman says that climate predictions show Australia can expect warmer summers and increased number and severity of heatwaves.  

Christhina Candido from the University of Sydney will discuss the Building Occupants Survey System Australia (BOSSA), an indoor environment quality assessment system for Australia’s office buildings.

“Traditionally, many decisions made during the programming or design stage of a building project are based on assumptions of how the client’s organisation functions, and how people use their spaces,” says Candido.

“This modus operandi, relying more on ‘gut-feeling’ than evidence-based design decisions, is proving insufficient in meeting the challenge of creating sustainable buildings.”

Candido says the BOSSA project provides an Australian-developed post-occupancy evaluation instrument that is a more robust and more accessible Australian alternative to the US and UK systems in use by the NABERS and Green Star Performance rating tools.

Also at the conference, Solem Consulting’s Richard Keech will challenge the conventional wisdom that gas is a suitable low-emission fuel for use in sustainable buildings.

“Gas use is much more problematic from an emissions standpoint than generally believed,” says Keech. “And the economics of gas are about to fundamentally change.”

Keech’s presentation will help attendees make informed and reasonable decisions about what possible role gas may have in their future HVAC designs.

Renowned architect Donald Bates and Energy Efficiency Council CEO Rob Murray-Leach will keynote the conference.

And Peter Brodribb from Expert Group will deliver a presentation about the recently released Cold Hard Facts 2 report.

“The Future of HVAC 2013 will explore and discuss the future of the industry,” Wilkinson says. “But because the industry is changing very rapidly, it’s about what’s happening today and tomorrow as much as in the years ahead.”

To find out more about the conference, or to register, go to www.airah.org.au/TheFutureofHVAC

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