Topic: Weather Data: Past, Present, and Future
Date: Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at 5:30 PM
Location: Arup | 201 Kent Street, Level 10, Sydney CBD
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking (food & drinks provided)

Cost:  $25

Tickets: Register via Eventbrite

CPD Points: Event is approved by GBCA for 1 Sustainable Development CPD point

Studying Climate Change Impacts on Buildings Using Future Weather (Dr. Lisa Guan, University of Technology, Sydney)
Dr Lisa Guan is an experienced researcher in the architecture, building, and construction industry. She has so far published over 60 papers in various high impact journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her research includes investigating the effects of global warming on building design, low carbon design and green building innovation, low energy HVAC systems (e.g. solar cooling, hybrid evaporative cooling), building energy efficiency and life cycle assessment, and building thermal comfort and IAQ. She will share her experience in preparing future weather data to study the impact of climate change on buildings.

Methods of Generating Future Weather Files (Benjamin Brannon, Arup)
Benjamin is a mechanical engineer at Arup, concentrating on energy modelling, digital environments, energy code compliance, and building physics. He will discuss and compare different methods of generating future weather files, including the WeatherShift tool, which uses data from global climate change modelling to produce EPW weather files adjusted for changing climate conditions.

The Making of Ersatz Future Meteorological Years: a collaboration with the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship (Trevor Lee, Exemplary Energy)
Trevor is a consultant on energy conservation in the built environment through his multi-disciplinary firm Exemplary Energy. He is the lead author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook (ASRDH, 2006) and team leader for developing the expanded Australian Climate Data Bank (ACDB, 2016), the potential basis of all building and energy system simulation programs in current use in Australia. He led a project for the then Australian Greenhouse Office and again in 2010 for its successor to project the impact on the built environment of “inevitable climate change” and this work flowed into the Ersatz Future Meteorological Years (EFMYs) data sets for 2 scenarios to 2030 and four scenarios to 2050.

The Future of HVAC Conference 2018 is the leading conference for HVAC&R professionals and related industry experts, and will be held in Melbourne from September 12–13.

The Future of HVAC Conference was conceived as a vehicle to involve those who have an interest in where the HVAC industry is heading.

It now attracts a broad range of stakeholders beyond mechanical engineering consultants and contractors. Participants include ESD professionals, architects, tenants, building developers and investors, regulators, researchers, product and technology professionals, service providers, property and facility managers, educators and trainers, energy suppliers, workplace designers and more.

The HVAC&R industry impacts many people in a myriad of ways.

If you are interested in the future of HVAC&R, networking with the industry’s influencers, and providing expert opinion, the Future of HVAC 2018 is a must-attend event.

The conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Advances in building and HVAC design
  • Innovations in HVAC equipment
  • HVAC and energy management
  • HVAC ownership, operation and management
  • Changes in national and international regulations – heading towards net-zero
  • HVAC industry education, training and innovation
  • HVAC research
  • Case studies in HVAC design installation and maintenance
  • Changes in building use – agile working environments and flexible workplaces
  • Suggestions for a site visit or masterclass.

For the full list of abstract subjects and for abstract submission details, please click here.

Abstracts should be emailed to AIRAH’s Conference and Events Coordinator by Friday, March 16, 2018.

Click here for more information about The Future of HVAC 2018 Conference, or contact the Conference and Events Coordinator.

The ASA 2018 Conference- Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density is being hosted by the Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab), School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Australia. The Conference invites architectural science and design researchers, educators, students, as well as practitioners and policymakers to present and exchange ideas that will contribute to the betterment of our environment. Please visit our website for more information:

Call for abstract:

We invite submission of abstract of about 400 words addressing the conference themes:

  • Architecture and environment
  • Urban design
  • Outdoor environments and cities
  • Construction: Materials and technology; Modes of production and mass customization
  • Building Science: Thermal comfort; Acoustics; and lighting
  • Building and Energy
  • Digital architecture; Building and city information modelling; Building simulation, prediction and evaluation
  • Practice-based and interdisciplinary design and research
  • Design education and research
  • History and theory in architectural science

All papers will be double, blind refereed. The abstracts can only be submitted online by 31 March 2018. You can easily accept our invitation and start the process to register for participation by clicking on the following link: Please contact us at, for more information and queries.

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management is looking forward to welcome you in Melbourne!

A/Prof Priya Rajagopalan, RMIT University
52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)

Update! Brisbane viewing party added – to watch the Melbourne seminar via live video stream click here to register. Please note we need at least 5 people to run this viewing party.

The 2018 seminar series starts with Jonathan, Myla, Neil & Warwick. This is a great opportunity to network with like minded people and expand your mind! Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of RMIT.

Guest Speakers and Presentations:

Energy simulation of an aquatic centre
Jean Jonathan Duverge, RMIT University
Jonathan will share his experience in using EnergyPlus to model and validate the complex interaction between air and water (evaporation) occurring within a swimming pool hall.



Built environment simulation as approach to teaching building science
Mary Myla Andamon, RMIT University
Myla will present on the experiences and lessons learned in teaching a course in built environment simulation within a postgraduate program specialising in building performance.



Advances in CFD modelling for data centre optimisation
Neil Silke, Data Centre CFD and Warwick Stannus, A.G. Coombs
CFD is increasingly becoming an essential component in the design of data centres. Neil and Warwick will detail a number of modelling techniques developed to respond to these demands on a recent project involving high density racks and stringent resilience requirements.



Event Details:
Date 15 February 2018
Time 5:30pm (6pm start) – 8 pm
Venue RMIT Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building)
Level 2, Room 2
445 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Each year the IBPSA Australasia board organises a Seminar Series to promote knowledge sharing within the building simulation community. Informing and educating members and the public on the value and state-of-the-art of building performance simulation is one of IBPSA’s main aims.

In 2017, several informal seminar events were held in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. In addition, IBPSA Australasia co-hosted a two-day conference with AIRAH on Building Simulation in Melbourne, attracting over 90 attendees from national and international locations. Membership is not required to attend events, however attendance fees vary by event type.

Our past events have successfully increased engagement within the local building simulation community, however we think we can do more! We are looking to expand our reach in 2018 by organising more seminars and by providing webinar options in the future.

Event Description
For each seminar, 2-3 speakers from the community (engineers, architects, academics) are invited to present for 15-20 minutes each to an interested and engaged audience. Following the presentations, there is time for networking. Each event usually runs 2-2.5 hours, takes place midweek after close of business, and typically attracts 30-50 attendees.

Host organisations have the opportunity to suggest speakers, and are asked to provide an appropriate space, seating, necessary AV equipment (e.g. projector, microphone, internet connection), and light refreshments.

IBPSA Australasia takes full responsibility for organising speakers, inviting attendees, and advertisement of the event. Of course, we are more than happy for you to promote through your own networks as well!

We only charge for attendance to recoup costs associated with hosting and organising the event, using the following pricing structure:

  • Host organisation provides venue only: $25 per ticket (main host receives one free ticket)
  • Host organisation provides venue and refreshments: $10 per ticket (all members of host organisation attend for free)

Dates for 2018 seminars are currently available.

Please get in touch with Priya Gandhi ( if you are interested in hosting an event at your organisation!