FRIGAIR gains support of HVAC&R heavyweights

FRIGAIR gains support of HVAC&R heavyweights

Submission Date : 2018-02-12

90% of exhibition floor space already sold


After the hugely successful FRIGAIR Expo 2015, this year’s upcoming show is getting a lot of attention as it prepares to show off the latest and greatest the HVAC&R suppliers have to offer.

The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also major international players. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4 470 visitors over the three show days. From early on in the expo, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. As well as all the supplier events that took place in the evenings. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.


FRIGAIR Exhibition


Taking place once every three years, this year’s show is selling out fast with about 90% of exhibition floor space already sold. Some of the most recent companies to sign up for FRIGAIR 2018 include Johnson Controls, Seeley International, A-Gag, ebm-papst, Imperial/Clivet, and Energy Partners. Even the local wholesalers like Eurocool, Metraclark and TecsaReco are on board. You can visit the website at to see a comprehensive list of all the exhibitors that have signed up so far.

Three ASHRAE speakers have also been confirmed for this calendar highlight. The three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue on the Wednesday and Thursday of the show. The topics are ‘Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems’, ‘Basics of High-Performance Building Design’, and ‘Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems: Design and Application’. Bookings are essential as space is limited. Costs are (per course): R1 200 (including VAT) for SAIRAC/ASHRAE members and R1 750 (including VAT) for non-members.

FRIGAIR 2018 will take place 6–8 June 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The Expo will draw industry professionals from all levels, including consulting engineers, contractors, architects, developers, government officials and many more.

Registration for the FRIGAIR exhibition is free for all visitors and if you pre-register online, you stand a chance to win one of two portable air conditioners. The first 500 registered visitors will be entered into the draw. The competition ends 31 March 2018. Ts&Cs apply.

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FRIGAIR exhibition Speakers


ASHRAE speakers confirmed for FRIGAIR 2018

FRIGAIR 2018 will once again fly in three world-class ASHRAE speakers to present topical short courses during the show. Register now and earn CPD points.

The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) and the exhibition organisers are proud to announce that industry can once again look forward to ASHRAE short courses at the upcoming FRIGAIR Expo 2018.

The three three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on the Wednesday and the Thursday of the show. FRIGAIR will run from 6–8 June 2018.

The three courses will be as follows:



(Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 09:00–12:00)

This advanced course discusses the design and operation of HVAC systems for health care facilities. The course details the relationship of infection control and HVAC design, including application of ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition, and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The course details the key elements of high-performing health care HVAC systems, including infection control, comfort, reliability, safety, maintenance, energy, and flexibility. In the instructor’s experience, engineers are regularly asked to troubleshoot systems they have designed, thus operation and maintenance issues are covered. The methods by which the HVAC system can mitigate or exacerbate airborne infections is covered, as this is the purpose of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170. Numerous energy conservation strategies are discussed in the context of achieving the goals of a high-performing hospital. Included is valuable information on sequences, psychrometrics, and lessons learned on setback of temperature and airflow, as well as how these factors relate to temperature, relative humidity, air exchange, filtration, and pressurisation requirements. Design of operating suites, isolation rooms, labs, pharmacies, sterile processing, and imaging suites is covered briefly in the final hour.

Instructor bio: Daniel Koenigshofer is the vice-president for Health Care at Dewberry Engineers Inc. He has over 35 years of engineering and project management experience, specialising in master planning, troubleshooting, and solving engineering problems in health care facilities. Koenigshofer has presented numerous training sessions on health care design, both nationally and internationally, at seminars sponsored by the NC Department of Energy, NC Hospital Energy Association, Corps of Engineers, ASHE, and ASHRAE. In addition, he has taught classes for the ASHRAE Learning Institute in over 25 major cities worldwide, using entertaining stories of “mistakes he has made” in engineering. Koenigshofer has written dozens of articles for national magazines and is a member of numerous national hospital engineering committees, and one of his most notable accomplishments was his dual role as the editor-in-chief and principal author of the 2013 ASHRAE book, HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics.



(Thursday, 7 June 2018, 13:00–16:00)

This course focuses on the basic application of relevant ASHRAE resources, such as Standards 90.1, 55, 62.1, and 189.1, and the ASHRAEGreen Guide, to achieve high-performance building design. The course explains the differences in purpose and requirements between these various standards, and provides recommendations on the selection of which requirements to adopt into a building project, assuming it is not under the jurisdiction of Standard 189.1 but the design team still wanted to achieve a reasonable degree of ‘high-performance building design’. Course content should be suitable for architects and engineers.

Instructor bio: DrTom Lawrence is a senior public service associate and coordinator for the mechanical engineering degree programme at the University of Georgia, and he has 30+ years of professional engineering experience. Before going back for his PhD in mechanical engineering, he spent approximately 20 of those years in industry and consulting. Dr Lawrence is a member of the ASHRAE board of directors, past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 Building Environmental Impact and Sustainability, and a member of the committee that wrote ASHRAE Standard 189.1 on high-performance green buildings. As an ASHRAE distinguished lecturer, he gives presentations and workshops on green building design around the world. He is the chair of the editorial committee that will produce the 5th edition of the ASHRAEGreen Guide. Dr Lawrence has a B.S. with highest distinction honours in environmental science from Purdue University, M.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, and a second M.S. degree in engineering management from Washington University. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, with a research topic focused on demand control ventilation.


Speakers at FRIGAIR exhibition



(Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 13:00—16:00)

VRF systems are now becoming increasingly utilised across the world. This course provides non-manufacturer-specific concepts of the unique operational characteristics of VRF systems and how to apply VRF systems to a wide range of building types. The course supplements the fundamental VRF technology information in the 2016 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment by offering comprehensive VRF system design and application guidance, using building-specific scenarios. This course is geared to mechanical engineers, design-build contractors, consulting engineers, HVAC system designers, and facility engineers.

Instructor bio: Dr Hesham Safwat has many years of experience in the industry and in applied engineering science. His expertise includes sustainability practices and green buildings, especially with geothermal ground-source heat pumps and energy as well as atmosphere concerns for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) for Middle Eastern commercial projects. Prior to joining the British University in Egypt in 2014 as lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Hesham served as both instructor and technical manager for Miraco Carrier, where he was responsible for chillers, air handing units, fan coil selection, and pricing. Dr Hesham has extensive knowledge in HVAC design and energy modeling, HAP LEED courses, high-performance building, ASHRAE Standard 62.1, and ASHRAE Standard 90.1.

Space is limited, so book your spot now

Bookings are essential as space is limited. Costs are (per course): R1 200 (including VAT) for SAIRAC/ASHRAE members and R1 750 (including VAT) for non-members. To confirm your seat for any of these short courses, contact Ilana Koegelenberg at


Speakers at the FRIGAIR exhibition

For further information on the FRIGAIR 2018 exhibition, contact Keraysha Pillay at or visit the website


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