17 & 24 September 2020

2020 Programme

HVAC Summit - Low Carbon Heating
17 September

10:00

Welcome Address

10:05

POWER TALK: WHAT HEATING INDUSTRY NEEDS TO DO
As the 30 year countdown to the government's legally binding net zero target grows more vital, the heating industry must change with the times and evolve onto cleaner and greener path. With new investments in the sector and drives to zero carbon heat networks are announced, what the industry needs to do becomes clearer – this session will outline what needs to be put in place to ensure a better future for the industry.

10:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: KEY CHALLENGES FOR HEATING
Ambitions for the entire sector to improve the efficiency and take-up of network systems are coming into light, which demand for change. As well as this, the impacts of Covid-19 are affecting the industry, which leads to wonder what is in store for heating? In this session, a panel of experts will look at the challenges faced by the heating industry – from developing city-wide heat network plans, to ensuring efficient, lower cost and digitally enabled heat services through all networks – hear what the industry must do to move forward.

11:00

IN FOCUS: HYDROGEN & THE GAS GRID 
As the move to using hydrogen in the gas grid for residential and commercial buildings becomes more established, ensuring that it is safe and feasible is vital – especially with new investments in hydrogen plants, and the push for hydrogen-ready boilers to be made mandatory in all new gas boiler installations by 2025 is growing (shining a light on the role of hydrogen in the UK’s transition to Net Zero). Hear from the experts as they discuss what the future holds in terms of the new systems and technologies, updates and everything you need to know on the transition to a green alternative to fossil fuels.

11:40

IN FOCUS: HEAT PUMPS & THE ELECTRIC GRID 
The heat pump industry needs to spend more time collaborating to persuade governments and consumers to adopt the technology it needs to evolve. As well as this, energy storage, load shifting and smart control integration are at the forefront of heat pump innovation – so how can the industry implement all of this efficiently whilst trying to make governments and consumers see them as vital? Experts weigh in on how the adoption of heat pump technology will unfold.
TBA, Kensa

12:20

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER 
From what has been discussed in the previous panels, this session will sum up how the industry will move forward with the latest innovations and rise up against the challenges it faces, and how this is a collaborative opportunity for the industry to evolve as a whole.

12:50 Closing remarks

HVAC Summit - IAQ
24 September

10:00

Welcome Address

10:05

POWER TALK: INDOOR AIR QUALITY & WELLNESS – THE NEW NORMAL
In a post-Covid19 world, designers and operators of buildings are facing new challenges – with the whole concept of standards of building hygiene and occupant wellness subject to new scrutiny. This will naturally put the ventilation and AC sector squarely in the spotlight as indoor air quality becomes a vital consideration both now and in the longer term. The day kicks off with an expert in the industry discussing what effect the global pandemic has had on the buildings sector, the new guidance provided to reduce health risks, and what part HVAC can play in improving building safety.

10:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW DOES THE INDUSTRY NEED TO CHANGE?
The impacts of airborne pollutants seem certain to result in stricter targets on Indoor Air Quality standards. A new Environment Bill proposed by the government could be used to introduce strong, legally binding targets for improving IAQ. But how can these be implemented, and what measures does the industry need to take to improve? Hear from industry leaders about the latest in best practice, and how to adhere to new standards; from air quality tests within the planning process for a building to safe ventilation rates and new thresholds for indoor air pollutants.

11:00

IN FOCUS: IAQ INNOVATION 
With technologies evolving faster than ever, it is important for all areas of the industry to keep up to date with the latest research and innovations, as advancements in renewable ventilation and investments in those technologies continue to become available. A panel of experts explores the new cutting-edge innovations, and what lies ahead for the future of the industry.
TBA, Swegon

11:40

IN FOCUS: A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO VENTILATION 
Designers and manufacturers have to consider ventilation in the round taking into account not only air quality, but other elements of occupant comfort; the building’s energy and increasingly its sustainability too. So how do we square the circle of eliminating the risks from viruses and other pollutants  with meeting the UK’s legal target to be net-zero on emissions from 2050?

12:20

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER 
From what has been discussed in the previous panels, this session will sum up how the industry will move forward with the latest innovations and rise up against the challenges it faces, and how this is a collaborative opportunity for the industry to evolve as a whole.

12:50 Closing remarks

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