28 November 2012 — The AIRAH’s Pre-loved Buildings conference series underscore a strong focus on heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration in the existing built environment can achieve transformative effects when it comes to reducing energy use, conserving water and improving the occupied space, chief executive officer Phil Wilkinson says.

The latest conference was held at Melbourne’s MCG with more than 150 delegates; including HVAC design engineers and consultants, building operators, RMIT University students, facility managers, mechanical services contractors, and maintenance personnel.

Mr Wilkinson said it was clear the strong impact NABERS had had “in this space and the importance of the Green Building Fund’s continuing support for the industry”.

Conference committee chair Bruce Precious said the conference highlight for him was the positive news shared by delegates about their projects.

“So many papers spoke of the experience of bringing poor-performing buildings up to high – 4-plus NABERS Energy – standards,” Precious says. “The market is well and truly transforming for higher energy performance.”

Precious says he’d like delegates to have left the conference with the understanding that climate change and the resulting requirement for energy efficiency do not make existing buildings redundant.