One of Europe’s most provocative and highly respected futurists, Dr Patrick Dixon, will speak to industry leaders at the opening of ARBS 2008.

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services exhibition (ARBS 2008 ) will feature a world-class line-up of speakers scheduled to present over the three days, from 21-23 April at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Exhibition manager Sue Falcke said that while the seminar program had become renowned for its quality of speakers, this year promises to be the highlight of the exhibition’s 10 year history.

“Together with CIBSE and AIRAH, we have secured a truly magnificent line-up of presenters. The program is an outstanding value-added opportunity for visitors to the exhibition,” she said.

In his forward thinking, provocative style, Patrick Dixon will prepare industry leaders for the enormous challenges that lie ahead.

Patrick Dixon will explore how to elicit widespread and accelerated adoption of good energy practices – by individuals, distributors, importers, manufacturers, policy makers, governments and industry leaders.

And also Patrick Dixon will focus on how the industry can prepare for the challenges of climate change, sustainability and the green dividend.

UK speaker, Professor Derek Clements-Croome, Director of Research for the School of Construction Management and Engineering at Reading University, will encourage the audience to consider how green intelligent buildings in the 21st century should look, feel and operate.

His presentation will challenge delegates to look beyond just the efficiency of buildings and focus on effectiveness.

Attendees will leave ARBS with a renewed commitment to embrace whole life environmental, social and economic factors in developing intelligent green buildings.

Dave Solberg, president, HVAC Systems Technology in the US, is travelling to Australia for ARBS to deliver a resolute presentation on the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

Dave Solberg will explain why he believes it is inevitable that these two laws will eventually be used as a standard for the rest of life on earth for determining minimum carbon footprint.

All registered ARBS visitors are invited to attend the seminars free of charge. Sue Falcke strongly recommends visitors pre-register for the exhibition and in particular the seminar program which will have limited availability.