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RAC Question Time to consider air conditioning issues

The latest RAC Question Time, scheduled for September 14th, is set to trash out the big issues in the Air Conditioning industry

RAC is to hold its first Air Conditioning Question Time to enable the industry to thrash out some of the major issues facing suppliers, installers and their customers, from refrigerant regulations to the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The event, subtitled Regulation, Energy and the Heat Pump Challenge, is scheduled for 14 September in London, with final details being confirmed as RAC went to press. The Question Time format, based on the BBC show, is designed to allow delegates to put their questions to an expert panel, comprising major customers, consultants, policy and technology experts, and to debate the answers.

The decision to follow up the successful Retail and New Refrigerants Question Times with an event dedicated to air conditioning comes in response to the wide range of issues the industry is facing at present. Topics to be considered will include the following:

  • Regulation - Whether it is Air Conditioning Inspections, F-Gas Regulations or Carbon Reduction Commitment, the AC industry has a vital role to play in supplying equipment, operational expertise and guidance to its customers. The revised Building Regulations take more account of air conditioning, but what does it mean for the AC user, specifier and supplier? And are the measurement tools appropriate? What does the customer need to know now, and what is coming up?
  • Energy - Recent research has shown that AC users and building owners are woefully bad at keeping track of their system’s performance and so have no ideaabout how to improve energy use. How can this be improved? At the same time, the drive to improve energy consumption - to lower bills and reduce carbon -is leading to a whole-building approach, linking heating and cooling and recovering heat. How can cooling firms, as the experts in recovering heat, ensure they get involved?
  • Renewables - The industry needs to exploit the enthusiasm for renewables and the Renewable Heat Incentive, so what does it mean for specification and supply of heat pumps - and for absorption chillers and trigeneration? And what are the planning challenges for use of new technology like ground-source heat pumps?

For more details of this event, visit www.racquestiontime.com

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