RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia

About the Conference

COBEE History

The international Conference On Building Energy & Environment was first held in Dalian, China in 2008, with about 400 participants. The conference brings forth the increasing demands for indoor air quality and comfort while maintaining sustainable practices. a significant portion of electricity and thermal energy, and the conversion of primary energy to electricity and thermal energy accounts for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy is used to maintain comfortable and healthy environments in buildings, although such environments are difficult to achieve.

Building upon the success of the first conference, the 2012 conference was held in Boulder, Colorado USA, and in 2015 it was combined with ISHVAC (International Symposium on Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) conference held in Tianjin, China. In 2018, the conference heads to RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

The conference has a true international feel to it being hosted in different continents. In 2018 we are proud to bring together keynote speakers from Europe, North America, and East Asia. Our interactive map below shows the key components of the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Detailed Themes

The themes can be broadly characterised into three componentshave been categories into the following:

  • Building energy demand and energy performance of buildings, systems, and components
  • Air cleaning and filtration for high load and low energy consumption
  • Passive heating, cooling, and renewable energy for buildings
  • Advanced or innovative HVAC&s;R systems and system components
  • Integration of technologies and tools for HVAC system design and operation
  • Intelligent buildings and advanced control techniques
  • Solar cooling and refrigeration
Built Environment and Energy
  • Advanced or innovative building envelopes, energy conservation materials, and indoor environmental techniques
  • Cabin and other semi-open space environments and their energy consumption
  • Building ventilation, infiltration, and air distribution
  • Computer tools and experimental techniques for analyzing building energy and built environments assessments
  • Retrofit and optimal operation of the building energy systems
  • Influence of climate change on building energy and environment
  • Public policies related to building energy and environment
  • Simulations and real energy consumption
  • Actual energy consumption of high performance buildings
  • The role of commissioning
Urban/Indoor Environment and Health
  • Indoor and outdoor air quality and its health impact related to built environment
  • Indoor air quality in urban area with heavy ambient air pollution
  • Health and productivity in indoor environment
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting, lighting control, and visual comfort
  • Thermal comfort and built environments
  • Sustainable and advanced built environments

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

RMIT University (officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, informally RMIT) is an Australian public research university located in Melbourne, Victoria. It was founded in 1887 and made a public university by act of the Parliament of Victoria in 1992 after merging.

The conference will be held at Storey Hall and is one of the newest and most iconic buildings of RMIT University. Storey Hall is home to RMIT Gallery, one of Melbourne's most vibrant art spaces. The Hall was initially built in 1887 and acquired by RMIT in 1957 and subsequently renovated, and officially opened in 1996. The hall was named after the Storey family; John Storey (Junior), who founded the RMIT Student Union in 1944, and Sir John Storey (Senior), who left a large bequest to RMIT.

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Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria. It is a leading financial centre in Australia, as well as the Asia-Pacific region and has been ranked the world's most liveable city since 2011. Melbourne is rated highly in the areas of education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sports. There are some magnificent places to visit in Melbourne.

Tullamarine Airport Transfers to Melbourne City

Tullamarine airport is approximately 20km north of the city centre. There are a number of options for transferring into Melbourne city from Tullamarine Airport. We provide three options below: i) Convenient, ii) Cheap, iii) Fastest. The general route can be found using Google Maps. *(Please be aware that there is a second airport located in Avalon (approx. 57km west of the city) and this is a little further away).

The Convenient Option - Skybus Express Bus Service

The Skybus service is a 24/7 shuttle that runs to and from the Coach Terminal at Southern Cross Station (Spencer Street in CBD). There are two locations at the airport where you can be picked up by the shuttle – either next to the Virgin Australia terminal or the Qantas/Jetstar domestic terminal. To purchase tickets, you can use the ticket desks at T1 and T3, or purchase tickets electronically from the driver. The trip to the CBD will only take around 20 minutes and it will cost $19 for a one-way journey or $36 for a return. The shuttles will depart every 10 minutes.

The Cheapest Option - Public Transport Victoria

This is a slower, but cheaper option to get from the airport to downtown Melbourne, which will cost you $7.8 on weekdays and $6.0 on the weekends. Go to the Skybus terminal and buy a Myki Card. Exit the terminal and walk to the end of the platform at T1. Catch the bus number 901 to Broadmeadows Station. At the Broadmeadows Station, switch to a train (Craigieburn) and then take a tram to get to the CBD. Use the App TripGo or PTV Journey Planner to plan a best route.​

The Fastest Option - Taxi and Uber

Probably the quickest way to get from the airport directly to your hotel is to jump in a taxi cab. It will leave as soon as you are ready and drive you exactly where you want to go. You can catch a taxi from the designated taxi ranks at the airport, which are located on the ground floor outside Terminal 1 and between Terminal 3 and 2. It will probably cost $50 to $60 to get to your hotel.

Public Transport - Myki Card

Myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, V/Line commuter train services and buses. The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel. * Please note that you cannot use cash on public transport in Melbourne. * When travelling entirely in the Free Tram Zone, you don't need to touch on or carry a myki card.

You can buy and top up your myki at over 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed myki enabled V/Line stations, from a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges.

Things to do in Melbourne

February is a wonderful season to see Melbourne. February is the month to get out of the city and discover regional Victoria and its exciting. Below are some different activities on in Melbourne.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) - The centre piece of Melbourne’s new South Wharf development is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) – Australia’s most versatile convention and exhibition facility. Visitors looking for a truly Melbourne experience will find it encapsulated here at the centre – art, entertainment, culture, food and wine all set among an absolutely stunning, award-winning architectural design. As the first, and only, ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmentally rated convention centre in the world, the venue represents world leadership in best practice, innovation and sustainability and continues to raise standards to new heights in technology, imaginative catering and service options. ​

The National Gallery of Victoria ​- The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. The NGV operates across two sites: NGV International, located on St Kilda Road in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank, and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, located nearby at Federation Square. Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. It is a collection that is yours, and it’s free! They warmly welcome you to share in these riches and the many activities, exhibitions and events developed at the NGV for you all to enjoy.

The Shrine of Remembrance - The Shrine of Remembrance, located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia was built as a monument dedicated to all those who have served in the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated. Melbourne's most iconic building, the Shrine draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, to remember, to contemplate, to admire or to visit as tourists.


The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) - The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria. It is the 13th-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, the largest stadium for playing cricket, and has the highest light towers at any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking distance to the east of the city's CBD and is easily accessible by both public transport and by foot. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

Free Tram Zone ​ The City Melbourne's trams are free to use in the city centre. A map of the free tram zone can be found here >> Free Tram Zone Map << In addition to the free trams is a Circle Tram servicethat provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. The City Circle route is serviced by heritage W class trams decorated in special maroon and green with yellow and gold trimmings, as well as MMTB's standard traditional green liveried W Class trams. The tram will take you past shopping malls and arcades, and major attractions such as the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre.

Melbourne Cafes - Melbourne has an amazing cafe culture and Melbourne's best cafes can be a difficult thing to decide. We suggest Melbourne is best known for it's cafe scene, often to be found in laneways. In Melbourne there are approximately 5000 cafes and restaurants - per capita Melbourne has the most cafes/restaurants in the world. Also, Melbourne has more clubs/pubs per capita than anywhere else in the world. Restaurants are numerous and present a diverse range of cuisines. The city has a reputation as a culinary capital, celebrated by the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Flinders St. Station Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street. Flinders Street is served by Metro's suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland. It is the busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network and the busiest railway station in Australia, with over 92,600 daily entries per weekday recorded in the 2011/12 fiscal year.[1] It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s.

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Touring Melbourne

Getting around - If you base yourselves in the city centre, you will find the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne is also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne's grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus or bike. The Night Network also operates on weekends with afterhours transport to many locations.

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Find details that will help you enjoy the heritage, natural beauty, cosmopolitan flavour and diversity of experiences on offer. Plan how to get here, use our handy maps and information about visas, money and banks.


Brady Hotel Central Melbourne
– 30 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Ideal for delegates attending the COBEE2018 Conference, only 50m from RMIT, Brady Hotel Central Melbourne offers modern 4.5 star accommodation in an ultimate city location.
Facilities include Little Charley Cafe and Bar, business centre, conference rooms and a cardio gym.
Our beautifully styled rooms offer a blend of modern design, comfort and convenience with leather and copper accents.
For more information about the hotel visit the website,
To book use the Rate Access Code: COBEE18 to retrieve to the lowest rates, flexibility and free 1GB daily Wi-Fi data allowance. Available for bookings between 1-15 February 2018.
Or click here to book directly!

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3-Star Hotels nearby

Further information and walking route from each hotel to the conference (Storey Hall, RMIT University) can be found in the following pdf >> Hotel_Information.pdf