ARBS 2024 has concluded, marking the largest and most successful event in its history.

Held at the ICC Sydney from 28-30 May, this year’s exhibition saw an impressive turnout of 9,378 visitors and showcased over 350 exhibitors.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in 45 seminars and hear from 102 distinguished speakers.

ARBS 2024 highlighted several new initiatives, including the Women in HVACR Program, aimed at promoting diversity within the industry.

This program, delivered in partnership with AIRAH and AMCA Australia, took place on 29 May 2024 and celebrated the essential contributions of women in HVACR.

It provided a valuable platform for networking, peer engagement, and discussions on advancing gender diversity.

Another initiative was the ARBS Insight Tour and Leadership Forum, held on 30 May 2024. This exclusive event offered attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the Sydney Salesforce Tower, showcasing cutting-edge plant room technology.

The forum featured a panel discussion with industry experts, exploring critical topics such as workforce development, AI integration, and strategies for achieving net zero emissions, providing invaluable insights and fostering crucial industry connections.

The Mathsgaine initiative at ARBS 2024 welcomed 150 students from schools across Sydney, showcasing a strong commitment to education and industry engagement.

This program aimed to address the need for new talent and skills in the HVACR industry by engaging students in interactive, industry-related mathematics tasks.

By participating in math-based challenges and interacting with exhibitors, students gained valuable insights into the diverse career opportunities within HVACR.

The initiative highlighted the industry's dedication to nurturing future talent and tackling the current skills shortage.

The industry awards ceremony was another highlight of ARBS 2024, celebrating outstanding achievements and innovations in HVACR.

The awards recognised excellence across various categories, honouring companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry.

ARBS CEO, Amanda Searle, said this year’s event truly raised the bar for the HVACR iindustry.

“The overwhelming engagement and enthusiasm from exhibitors and attendees have been exceptional,” she said.

“Our new initiatives underscore our unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse industry. We are excited to build on this incredible momentum as we plan for the future."

Professor Tony Arnel, Chair of ARBS, said this year’s ARBS has shown the incredible potential and innovation within the industry.

“The breadth of knowledge shared in our seminars and the diversity of perspectives presented have been truly inspiring. We are committed to continuing this trajectory of growth and inclusivity, ensuring that ARBS remains a platform for industry advancement.”

ARBS is already setting its sights on the future, with plans underway for the next event in Melbourne in May 2026.

“We eagerly anticipate welcoming you all to continue the journey of innovation and excellence in HVACR and building services,” Arnel said.