April 8, 2018 BY Amanda Searle

Here is your essential guide to the ARBS 2018 Speaker Series, providing a snapshot of just a few of the exciting seminars designed to connect you to what matters most. The leading-edge Speaker Series runs concurrently with the ARBS 2018 exhibition, 8-10 May 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. Registration and full program information will be available from Friday 23 February at

Tuesday 8 May 2018
Next-Generation Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) tools and innovation in HVAC
The CSIRO will present on the latest findings from a range of real-world FDD case studies in commercial buildings (offices, airports, museums, and retail) where 6 different FDD Solutions from Australian Service Providers were implemented.

Sydney ICC Central Energy Case Study
A case study 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.

Sydney ICC Central Energy Plant Tour
Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to conduct a site tour of ICC central chiller plantroom and experience the system in operation.

Low GWP Refrigerants – Is Australia Ready?
Have your say and join the ARBS conversation with a panel of industry experts convened to consider whether Australia is ready for low GWP refrigerants. Discussions will focus on practical applications for HVAC&R professionals and what needs to be considered when selecting and using low GWP refrigerants.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

The Modern Technician: The future of the refrigeration trade
A panel session exploring 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 skill required to meet future workforce needs.

Barangaroo South District Cooling from concept to operation
A significant contributor to achieving the carbon positive goal is the district cooling system that provides chilled water to all types of building within the development. Explore challenges 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.

Barangaroo South District Cooling Site Visit
Join us in a tour of Barangaroo South, a 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.

Net-Zero Buildings: Australia’s vision for a carbon positive future
Join GBCA, NABERS, the Department of Environment and Energy, and AMP Capital to discuss the trends for net-zero buildings in Australia and what this means for the HVAC&R industry. 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.

Thursday 10 May 2018

Big Data – Is it hype or the future?
Using big data – current uses in other industries and how to apply them to HVAC&R. This session will explore: big data analytics – academic or real world (focus on analytical methods); data collection – best practice/data integrity; and data management and artificial intelligence.

Welcome News on Control of Legionella, an Unwelcome Contaminant
Recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Sydney and Melbourne CBDs have highlighted the need for interventions to firmly address building services design and maintenance practices. This session will describe those systems most at risk and outline control mechanisms proven to be effective. The changes to regulations – including the need to apply risk management principles.

Positive Impact of HFO’s in Refrigeration
Increased awareness of the impact of refrigeration and air conditioning on the environment continues to change the way we think and act when making decisions for the future of our industry. The session will provide the audience with a clear understanding of how HFO’s 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.

Research into PV cells driving domestic air-conditioning units
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 presentations enable you to connect with peers and remain informed and inspired by exploring the future of HVAC&R and the built environment. At ARBS 2018, see all the latest products, talk to manufacturers and distributors about new innovations and enjoy many of the social activities including the awards presentation dinner.

Since 1998, ARBS has provided a unique forum for the entire industry to connect and develop mutually beneficial business relationships, to source and discover the latest products, systems and service evolutions and to share knowledge of emerging technologies, methodologies and best practice. If you are involved in HVAC&R or building services, then you cannot miss this major industry event. Quick and easy pre-registration is available online which grants free entry across all three days – visit