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ARBS 2020 calls for speakers

Air conditioning, refrigeration and building services industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts for seminars, panels, and workshops to be delivered at ARBS 2020. The seminars will run during the ARBS exhibition to be held in Melbourne from May 19–21, 2020.

Two seminar programs will run in 2020. The Speaker Series is designed to deliver industry-wide updates and forums on innovation and best practice.

The IBTech Insight Series will focus specifically on smart buildings and property technology.

ARBS 2020 invites submissions on a range of subjects, including but not limited to the topics outlined below.

The Speaker Series will cover:

  • Case studies (building and facilities) demonstrating innovation and best practice in HVAC&R
  • Developments, research and global trends in HVAC&R including the latest industry innovations
  • Emerging trends in building design: low-carbon retrofit, sustainable design, designing for resilience/climate change, new roles in building design
  • Emerging technologies, trends and innovations impacting facilities management
  • Net zero buildings/net zero HVAC&R – net zero strategies, methodologies and tools, low-energy HVAC approaches
  • Refrigeration – technology innovations, refrigerant transition, net zero refrigeration, alternatives and non-vapour compression technology, global technology and outlook, training
  • Regulatory and compliance requirements, building code transition, registration to certification, training
  • Industry standards and rating tools: NABERS, Green Star, Living buildings, WELL
  • Indoor environments, IEQ versus energy versus productivity
  • Energy efficiency, energy security, renewable energy, disruptive technologies
  • Modular construction and onsite assembly – future trends
  • HVAC&R maintenance – predictive maintenance, remote maintenance, data-driven maintenance, digitising maintenance, maintenance for energy efficiency
  • Data-driven transitions, BIM and modelling, REVIT for design.

Insight Series (IBTech):

  • Technological innovations in HVAC&R: IoT, data analytics, smart buildings, cloud services, automated fault detection
  • Case studies – smart buildings, smart retrofits, buildings in the pipeline
  • Occupancy – emerging tech, user experience, managing occupant behaviour
  • Use of data – privacy, ethics, social responsibility and data security
  • Buildings as power stations – virtual batteries, demand reduction
  • Data-driven commissioning
  • Blockchain in HVAC&R
  • Emerging technologies, start-up tech, future trends (AI, AR, VR)
  • Integrated communication networks
  • Intelligent compliance – digital compliance tools, intelligent comfort, digital monitoring.

The format can be a seminar, case study, panel session or workshop, between 30 and 75 minutes in duration.

Speaker submissions for ARBS 2020 close at 5pm Thursday, August 30. Guidelines and submission forms are available for download at, or can be emailed by sending a request to

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