December 14, 2017 BY Amanda Searle


Whilst the ARBS 2018, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, is in the final throws of finalising the Speaker Series, we’ve put together a few of the early releases to get you excited for what’s to come. The Speaker Series runs concurrently with the ARBS 2018 exhibition, and is designed to connect you to what matters most.

ICC Case Study:
Shane Durkin, Engineering Services Manager, AG Coombs, Michael Dagher, Technical Director – Buildings, AECOM and Barry Abboud, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls will present a case study highlighting the unique features of Sydney ICC’s central energy plant.The session will explore challenges faced throughout the project and key lessons learnt and will be delivered by the lead consulting engineers and contractors behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment.

HFC Phasedown, 2018 update:
Patrick McInerney, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, will talk about international and Australian policy changes that will affect the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning industry. These include the phase-down of HFCs which commenced in January 2018 and the global HFC phase-down which starts in 2019.

Technical Maturity of Low Charge NH3 Systems:
Stefan Jensen, Scantec, presentation will explore the design features of several commercially operating low charge NH3 refrigeration systems overseas as well in Australia. Applications range from refrigerated storage and distribution through to meat processing, blast freezing and preparation of processed foods.

Applications and market trends regarding natural refrigerants: How does Australia and New Zealand stand in comparison with the rest of the world? Caroline Rham, shecco, will provide an overview of the applications of natural refrigerants highlighting market trends in Australia. The presentation will focus on how policies and advancements in technology are impacting the refrigeration and air-conditioning markets, leading to a rapid increase in using environmentally and friendly energy efficient technologies.

Integrated Cooling System: a freezer & coolroom application integrating solar PV with thermal energy storage & a high efficiency CO2 only system:
Julian Hudson, Glaciem Cooling, will showcase results of a demonstration project integrating solar PV with thermal energy storage and a high efficiency CO2 only system in a freezer & coolroom application.

Positive Impact of HFO’s in Refrigeration:
Robert Kebby, Honeywell Refrigerants, will present on 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.

Using Building Analytics to achieve Optimum Building Performance:
Andrew Crabtree, Crabtree Engineering Software. Modern buildings contain data records of everything that happens within the building services systems but how many of them use this data and if so, do they use it effectively?

EC fans: Versatility for AHU and plant upgrades:
Thomas Heine, ebm-papst AU&NZ. This presentation will provide an overview of the use of EC Plug fans in ventilation applications.

MEPS for Fans: New developments on the path towards legislation:
Dr Simon Bradwell, ebm-papst AU&NZ. Currently the sale of non-domestic fans and fan motors in Australia and New Zealand is unregulated and lags behind the European Union, US, and China, where regulations exist or are being developed. A regulation concerning Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS for Fans) has been in development for a number of years. Chairperson of the Fan Manufacturers Association, Dr Simon Bradwell will give an update on the state of the legislation process, including both voluntary and mandatory regulations, to increase the energy efficiency of new fans sold in Australia.

ARBS is back in Sydney for the first time since 2010, the new International Convention Centre (ICC) will host ARBS from 8-10 May 2018. With more than 350 exhibitors and in-excess of 9,000 visitors, the exhibition is forecast to be the largest ARBS to date and will offer the industry unrivalled access to the latest in HVAC & R in the southern hemisphere.

If you are involved in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and building services industry 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