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AIRAH names prominent keynotes to headline the 2016 Future of HVAC conference

Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles and Professor David Hood AM will feature at AIRAH’s marquee conference, The Future of HVAC 2016, as keynote speakers.

Held at the Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane from September 7–8, The Future of HVAC 2016 Conference will explore advances in the design process, HVAC and smart grids, net-zero buildings, and Big Data, among several other topics.

“It’s a real coup for AIRAH to have speakers the calibre of Professor Hood and Minister Miles to join an already impressive conference line-up,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, Affil.AIRAH.

“David brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Having been involved with industry and professional associations promoting the improved energy performance of buildings, he is influencing change in Australia’s ‘energy culture’. It will be fascinating to hear his thoughts on climate change as it relates to our industry.”

Dr Miles is the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef. Since becoming a minister in 2015, his achievements include developing a climate-adaptation strategy for Queensland.

As part of his keenly anticipated keynote presentation, Hood will provide an in-depth overview of the effects of climate change on the HVAC&R industry, and what needs to be accomplished to ameliorate its effects.

“Do you really understand climate change and the risks that society is facing if we continue on with ‘business as usual’? I have studied the science and analysed the risks of inaction on climate change – it is not a pretty picture,” Hood says.

“In regards of the HVAC&R industry, the missing factor in the current situation is leadership. I believe that the nation's engineers are up to the task; we accept the science, we can build awareness and mobilise the community, and we deliver the solutions.”

As a Chartered Professional Engineer boasting 40 years of experience, Hood has worked in business, engineering, education, project management, and senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors.

Hood was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to engineering through industry associations, as well as for his efforts to raise community awareness about sustainability.

The Future of HVAC 2016 Conference aligns with AIRAH’s commitment to better the HVAC&R industry.

“AIRAH is the industry’s leading independent voice on resilience, sustainability, compliance, innovation, and the transition to low-GWP refrigerants,” Gleeson says. “So, The Future of HVAC 2016 Conference is right in our wheelhouse.”

Other topics covered at the conference include good schematic design-load calculations and why it’s becoming a lost art; a calibrated simulation case study for an office building in Canberra; HVAC for the future – making building services more resilient; utilisation of cloud technologies to augment facilities and asset management; the benefits of low-pressure VAV diffusion design; NABERS and what’s next; regulating the HVAC industry; Australian indoor environment rating tools and the future of building health, wellbeing and productivity; and living algae buildings.

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