Details of the ARBS 2018 Speakers Series program has been released.
The leading-edge Speaker Series runs concurrently with the ARBS 2018 exhibition, which is being held from 8-10 May, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. The Speakers Series program consists of five panel discussions, 25 speaker sessions and three site tours.
Highlights from the Speaker Series program for day 1, Tuesday 8 May, will include: the first panel discussion, “Next-Generation Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) tools and innovation in HVAC“, the “Sydney ICC Central Energy Case Study” speaker session, the Sydney ICC Central Energy Plant tour, and the second panel discussion, “Low GWP Refrigerants–Is Australia Ready?”
The “Next-Generation Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) tools and innovation in HVAC” panel discussion will have the CSIRO presenting on the latest findings from a range of real world FDD case studies in commercial buildings (offices, airports, museums, and retail) where six different FDD solutions from Australian Service Providers were implemented.
The “Sydney ICC Central Energy Case Study” speaker session will involve highlighting the unique features of Sydney ICC’s central energy plant. Presentations will be delivered by the lead consulting engineers and contractors behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment and will explore challenges faced throughout the project and key lessons learnt.
The Sydney ICC Central Energy Plant tour is a site tour of the ICC central chiller plant room, where attendees will be able see the system in operation.
The “Low GWP Refrigerants–Is Australia Ready?” panel discussion will consist of a panel of industry experts convened to consider whether Australia is ready for low GWP refrigerants. The discussions will focus on practical applications for HVAC&R professionals and what needs to be considered when selecting and using low GWP refrigerants.
Highlights for day 2, Wednesday 9 May, will include: a panel discussion, “The Modern Technician: The future of the refrigeration trade“, the “Barangaroo South District Cooling: from concept to operation” speaker session, the Barangaroo South District Cooling site visit, and the “Net-Zero Buildings: Australia’s vision for a carbon positive future” panel discussion.
The panel discussion, “The Modern Technician: The future of the refrigeration trade” will explore barriers and opportunities to the uptake of refrigeration apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia and proposed changes to training packages. Presenters will discuss the importance of attracting a diverse range of people into trades training and outline what is required to support their successful completion, and ensure the level of skills required to meet future workforce needs.
The “Barangaroo South District Cooling: from concept to operation” speaker session will explore the District’s carbon positive goal, including laying the foundations of a workable sustainability strategy, the precinct wide cooling design concepts and strategies employed, integrating the detailed design of the commercial building’s cooling systems, and the transition from construction to the required operating performance.
The Barangaroo South District Cooling site visit will involve exploring the landmark development on the shores of Darling Harbour and one of only 18 projects globally to be a part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s C40 carbon positive development programme.
The “Net-Zero Buildings: Australia’s vision for a carbon positive future” panel discussion will have the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the Department of Environment and Energy, and AMP Capital discussing the trends for net-zero buildings in Australia and what this means for the HVAC&R industry. The presenters will outline a vision for a carbon positive future, including the outcomes required to achieve a permanent transition for the building sector and explore opportunities to future proof business success in a low-carbon economy.
Highlights for the final day, Thursday 10 May, will include: the “Big Data–Is it hype or the future?” panel discussion, “Welcome News on Control of Legionella, an Unwelcome Contaminant” speaker session, the “Positive Impact of HFOs in Refrigeration” speaker session, and the “Research into PV cells driving domestic air-conditioning units” speaker session.
The “Big Data–Is it hype or the future?” panel discussion will explore the current uses of big data in other industries and how to apply them to HVAC&R, as well as big data analytics, data collection, and data management and artificial intelligence.
The “Welcome News on Control of Legionella, an Unwelcome Contaminant” speaker session, will focus on the recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs and how they have highlighted the need for interventions to firmly address building services design and maintenance practices. The session will also describe those systems most at risk and outline control mechanisms proven to be effective, as well as the recent changes to regulations.
The “Positive Impact of HFOs in Refrigeration” speaker session will provide attendees with a clear understanding of how HFOs combined with diverse refrigeration architectures are already positively impacting the industry, through improvements in energy efficiency, refrigerant charge/leak reduction, total cost of ownership and reduced overall environmental impact.
The “Research into PV cells driving domestic air-conditioning units” speaker session, will explore the project “Stand-alone Solar Powered Air-Conditioning System” which aims to analyse the feasibility of running a system with renewable energy that is generated on-site. The results providing a good indication of what the future may hold for PV powered air conditioning systems, for both small scale (residential and light commercial) and large scale applications.
The Speaker Series presentation will enable attendees to connect with peers and remain informed and inspired by exploring the future of HVAC&R and the built environment. Registration and full program information will be available from this Friday at the ARBS website, which you can find here.
This story and the accompanying image were provided courtesy of ARBS. This story was edited slightly prior to publication.