ARBS Seminar Series online has revealed an impressive line-up of sessions for 2021.

The schedule brings together some of Australia’s leading experts to present the latest trends, innovations, scientific research and technologies relevant to the HVACR and building services industry.

On February 16, 2021 at 1pm Expert Group researcher Michael McCann will present the annual update of Cold Hard Facts.

Now employing 14 years of data in the stock model of installed equipment the 2020 edition of Cold Hard Facts reveals rates of change in adoption of new refrigerants and highlights trends in refrigerants and forecasts demand for HFCs.

This free session is a must for everyone working in HVACR.

 An energy efficiency analysis of alternative arrangements of variable air volume & chilled beam HVAC Systems will be presented by Ashak Nathwani of the University of Sydney and PC Thomas, from Team Catalyst.

This session will be presented on February 18, 2021 at 1pm. 

With heating ventilation and air conditioning systems responsible for around 65 per cent of the base building energy consumption and the fact that the built environment contributes around 40 per cent to greenhouse emissions, selection of the most energy efficient HVAC system is vital.

Therefore engineers, facility managers and technical staff engaged in HVAC design, specification, construction, commissioning and monitoring will benefit from attending this informative and free seminar session.

Find out about the secret legal life of Australian Standards in the HVACR Industry on February 23, 2021 at 1pm.

The session is entitled “Do I Need to Comply With AS/NZS 5149”? and is presented by Raphael Brown of Clearscope Legal.

Providing a practical overview of the legal status of AS/NZS 5149 this seminar will demystify the AS/NZS 5149 series of Australian Standards which have attracted plenty of attention and publicity.

Many in the HVACR sector have struggled to understand the actual legal implications of the new standards for their business and operations.

This is an important session for engineers, technicians, contractors and anyone involved in compliance including OEMs and equipment suppliers. 

The Future of NABERS Energy will be presented by Corine Mulet of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) on February 25 at 1pm. 

Over the last 20 years, NABERS has achieved world leading results – including a 40 per cent drop in energy use for buildings that have participated in the program over 10 years.

The session will look at how NABERS will adapt to achieve the same results over the next 20 years. This will be an informative seminar for architects/designers; engineers; consultants; construction & project managers; government; and property owners.

In-Building Cellular Connectivity and the Impact of 5G, will be presented by Alex Fuerschke of Dexus on March 2, 2021 at 1pm. 

This session forms part of the IBTech@ARBS series which explores cutting-edge intelligent building technologies and solutions.

Connectivity should be a key element of a smart building, yet good in-building cellular (mobile) coverage seems to elude many projects, buildings, and occupants.

This seminar will also address the impact of 5G. 

Digital Facilities Management: How to Increase Profitability Using Building Data will be presented by Shane McIntosh of Switch Automation on March 4, 2021 at 1pm. 

This is the final session in the IBTech@ARBS series and it will explore the Internet of Things (IoT) which has created plenty of opportunity but also created confusion for building owners and operators.

This seminar will discuss how to cut through the noise to choose the right technologies and find out how to implement Digital Facilities Management to increase profitability and capture actionable insights that foster tenant satisfaction, building health, energy efficiency, maintenance savings, increased valuation and streamlined operations.

For more information and to register to attend the ARBS Seminar Series online, please visit

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