future:air

Chillers and air conditioners are well-established technologies. But they are about to change, a lot.

A transformation is emerging because of environmental requirements and technological capacity that will have a profound influence in the design, performance, use and maintenance of this equipment over the coming decades.

To help businesses who own, manage or repair chillers and large air conditioning equipment prepare for these changes, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Association (AREMA), Air Conditioning Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Building Services Exhibition (ARBS) have partnered to present breakfast seminars in Brisbane, Sydney, Parramatta (NSW), Melbourne and Box Hill (VIC) from May 20-24, 2019.

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These seminars will be presented by international and Australian speakers who are recognised globally as thought leaders and authorities in the air conditioning and refrigeration sectors, who will draw significant interest from the broader industry.

Stephen R Yurek
Speaker: Steve Yurek
(Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute)
Stephen R. Yurek is CEO and President of AHRI. Mr. Yurek joined AHRI in 2002 as Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs and General Counsel.

In an international survey of organisations representing chiller manufacturers, over twenty “industry disrupters” were identified. These disrupters are projected to dramatically transform the design, installation, usability and service of these types of equipment.

In the survey, there was broad agreement that the need to respond to climate change and energy scarcity in a resource-constrained world would drive a whole suite of these changes.

Andrea Voigt
Speaker: Andrea Voigt
(European Partnership for Energy and the Environment)
Andrea Voigt has more than two decades of experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry and has been Director General of EPEE, the industry’s voice in Europe, since 2009.

This includes the need to ensure both dramatically increased energy efficiency both theoretically and in installed equipment, as well as the need to continue the transition to refrigerants with lower environmental impact.

It is expected that many of these new refrigerants will be flammable or otherwise be more challenging to work with than those of previous generations.

Speaker: Stuart Kirkwood (Ingersoll Rand)
Stuart is Ingersoll Rand’s business leader for the Australia & New Zealand region with 35 years’ HVAC industry experience, including nine in Asia. Responsible for Trane and Thermo King brands, he represents AREMA on several Australian Standards Committees.

These are not the only changes identified on the horizon. Along with demographic and societal changes it is expected there will also be a shift towards the use of artificial intelligence, further uptake of wireless technologies and the Internet of Things.

Already the industry is seeing the first changes in equipment to take advantage of these opportunities.

Greg Picker
Speaker: Greg Picker (Refrigerants Australia, AREMA)
Greg Picker has been Executive Director of both RA and AREMA since 2013 and has over 20 years’ experience dealing with climate change and energy policy, including with the UN Framework on Climate Change, the Australian Government and AECOM.

In addition to informing you about the latest industry trends, Future:Air seminars will reveal the current and expected regulatory changes that will impact the design, purchase and use of chillers and large air-conditioning equipment.

Spaces are limited and demand is expected to be high, so book your place now.

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