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Presidents Address 2017 and “Is air conditioning for comfort cooling necessary in the UK?” organised jointly with CIBSE ASHRAE Group


Thu 12th Jan 2017 17:45

Venue Birmingham Arden Hotel
Speaker Address: Steve Gill FInstR. Debate: S. Gill, G. Wright, R. Rooley and G. Fox
Oganiser IOR

IOR President, Steve Gill FInstR, will be hosting the Presidential Address on 12th January at the Arden Hotel in Birmingham. Steve will be discussing the future of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry during this interactive evening.

This session will be followed by a debate on the topic of “Is Air Conditioning for Comfort Cooling necessary for the UK?”  Invited guest speakers will join Steve for a panel debate. The speakers represent different approaches to the issues around the impact of the growing use of air conditioning in the sector:

  • FETA (incorporating BRA, HEVAC and HPA) represented by Graham Wright FInstR Chairman of the FETA Board
  • ASHRAE & CIBSE represented by ASHRAE Past President Richard Rooley FREng, FCIBSE, Fellow of ASHRAE
  • BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association) represented by Graeme Fox FInstR Senior Mechanical Engineer

 Together they will explore some of the high level strategic issues facing the sector and the importance of air conditioning both now and in the future as demand is expected to grow.    Some of the topics we expect to cover include the environmental impact of air conditioning, the roles of standards and building performance, international challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.

Both the Presidential Address and debate will be broadcast as a webinar for those who cannot join on the evening.



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