ARBS has lined up some of the industry’s top personalities for the ARBS 2020 Speaker Series. The ARBS Speaker Series will run concurrently with ARBS 2020, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition being held in Melbourne in May.

Attendees can look forward to presentations on a diverse range of HVAC&R and building services topics, updates and trending issues, providing them with invaluable learning opportunities and also accrue CPD Points.

ARBS 2020 Speaker Series

Infrastructure Without Tears: How to transition from commercial to industrial contracts without losing your shirt

By Melissa Kirby & Murray Walls, Sharpe & Abel & RMIT University

This will be a unique presentation for ambitious HVAC&R companies and commercial building services contractors to learn both the theory and the practice of transitioning from commercial to industrial infrastructure projects. Topics to be covered include the differences between commercial and infrastructure contracts whilst exploring the patchwork of contracts, legislation and relationships that mechanical, refrigeration and commercial building services contractors need to navigate to find long-term success.

Decommissioning of existing HFC based, air-cooled refrigeration plants and replacement with NH3 DX based solutions

By Stefen Jensen, Scantec

A truly informative seminar, which will detail the decommissioning of several existing HFC based, air-cooled refrigeration plants servicing a refrigerated warehouse and replacement of these with a central, low charge, dry expansion, NH3 based refrigeration plant.

The efficiency of air movement systems – Improve your ROI by focusing on upgrading your HVAC&R systems

By Suzanne Lohmann & Thomas Heine, ebmpapst

European markets such as the Nordic region and Germany have pioneered the use of higher efficiency air movement systems and driven down the usage of electricity in housing and building stock. However, HVAC continues to use the most energy in commercial buildings. This seminar will outline the new technologies and improvements that have been made on the European stage and shares tips and lessons learnt to enable Australasian designers to improve their systems.

The Future of NABERS Energy

By Corine Mulet, National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Over the last 20 years, NABERS has achieved world leading results including a 40% drop in energy use for buildings that have participated in the program over 10 years. Today, the future of NABERS Energy project is looking at how NABERS will adapt to achieve the same results over the next 20 years. This informative seminar will discuss emerging sector-wide trends that are being considered including the rise of net-zero carbon building design, and a decarbonising grid.

Cold Hard Facts: An Annual Update

By Michael McCann & Peter Brodribb, Expert Group

The update to Cold Hard Facts will be revealed in this much anticipated session, which will review the annual updates with a focus on changes to the bank of refrigerants in Australia. This review is expected to provide the annual rates of change in adoption of new technology and new refrigerants, data and trends that will enable improved forecasting of demand for HFCs against the Australian commitments to phase down HFCs under the terms of the Montreal Protocol.

Seismic Restraint of HVAC explained

By Jordan Bartlett, Eurofast

This session will address Part B1 Structural Provisions of the National Construction Code of Australia, which calls up AS1170.4 without exception, therefore including Section 8 Parts and Components that can apply to restraint of Building Services. The presentation will detail why restraints are required and who can design them, when Section 8 applies to a building and what the listed exemptions apply to. The content will assist participants to improve tendering, ensure an audit trail and implement an integrated approach.

HVACPRO – AI: MPC for Optimisation of HVACR Systems with Hybrid Energy Sources including Renewables

By: Chirayu Shah, Subbu Sethuvenkatraman & Mark Hooper, Conserve It, CSIRO & Echuca Regional Health

With distributed energy use in buildings becoming increasingly common, systems now need to meet building energy needs. Future outlooks envisage building HVAC systems to employ a combination of storages systems, energy sources and chillers to optimally meet building energy needs. This session will outline an artificial intelligence-supported model predictive controller (AI-MPC) framework using a high-level model to generate predictions of system load and resources to minimise operation costs. AI methods will be applied to continuously learn and update the system models based on feedback from measurements and to generate predictions and define optimal trajectories.

ARBS 2020 will be held from Tuesday 19 May until Thursday 21 May at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For further information and to register, please visit