With less than three weeks to go until the first Future:Air breakfast seminar takes place, this educational roadshow for businesses and people that own, manage or service chillers and large air conditioning equipment has attracted plenty of industry support.

For example, Daikin has been confirmed as Platinum Sponsor with naming rights.

Daikin is joined by Gold Sponsors Mitsubishi Electric, A-Gas, Trane (distributed by Veolia) and the Australian Refrigeration Council while Refrigerants Australia has secured a silver sponsorship.

Industry trade-show ARBS has also thrown its support behind Future:Air, an industry-run, not-for-profit partnership between industry associations AREMA and AMCA that will run the five breakfast seminars across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne from May 20-24, 2019.

Future:Air, in association with Daikin, will deliver cutting-edge information to help prepare businesses that own, manage or repair chillers and large air conditioning equipment for the arrival of new systems, equipment, technology and regulations.

To be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Parramatta (NSW), Melbourne and Box Hill (VIC) each event will take place between 7.30am and 9.30am with breakfast provided.

Subsidised by contributions from industry associations and corporate sponsorship, tickets are priced at just $99 per delegate.

The seminars will be presented by expert speakers from major international and Australasian industry associations and companies including:

Stephen R Yurek (United States)
CEO and President of AHRI. He joined AHRI in 2002 as Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs and General Counsel;

Andrea Voigt (Europe)
Director General of EPEE, guiding members towards strong common positions and representing them in front of European institutions, governments and business leaders;

Stuart Kirkwood (Australasia)
Business Leader for Australia & New Zealand Region, Ingersoll Rand, with 35 years’ HVAC industry experience including nine in Asia. Responsible for Trane and Thermo King brands, he also represents AREMA on several Australian Standards Committees;

Greg Picker (Australia)
Executive Director of the Air conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA) and Refrigerants Australia since 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience dealing with climate change and energy policy, including with the UN Framework on Climate Change, the Australian Government and AECOM.

Seminar locations and dates are: Customs House, Brisbane on May 20; Rydges Sydney on May 21; Novotel Parramatta on May 22; CQ Melbourne on May 23; Box Hill Institute on May 24, 2019.

A transformation is underway for large air conditioners and chillers as a result of environmental requirements and technological capacity that will have a profound influence in the design, performance, use and maintenance of this equipment over the coming decades.

In addition to refrigerant changes, demographic and societal shifts are expected to result in moves toward the use of artificial intelligence, further uptake of wireless technologies and the Internet of Things.

Already the industry is seeing the first changes in equipment to take advantage of these opportunities.

In addition to informing attendees about the latest industry trends, Future:Air seminars will reveal the current and expected regulatory changes that will impact the design, purchase and use of chillers and large air-conditioning equipment.

An international survey of organisations representing chiller manufacturers identified more than 20 “industry disrupters”. These disrupters are projected to dramatically transform the design, installation, usability and service of these types of equipment.

In the survey, there was broad agreement that the need to respond to climate change and energy scarcity in a resource-constrained world would drive a whole suite of these changes.

This includes the need to ensure both dramatically increased energy efficiency both theoretically and in installed equipment, as well as the need to continue the transition to refrigerants with lower environmental impact.

One of the drivers for change is the need to transition away from HCFC and HFC refrigerants as a result of international treaties and domestic legislation. Alternative products have much lower global warming potential ratings and new system designs have reduced power consumption and refrigerant leakage.

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