Laboratory Design Newsletter 2012 Selected Abstract


Achieving Efficiency While Maintaining Health, Safety, and Security

Gurdaver Singh, PE, LEED AP, Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
David Hurley, EHDD Architecture


UCSC Biomed incorporates the latest techniques available for reducing energy for a research laboratory building with no compromise in safety and environment. Careful planning, with an eye to sustainability and human comfort factors, is paramount. Daylighting, views, ventilation, and design are balanced to provide a long-lived, sustainable, and pleasing experience for the researchers and campus life. CAV systems have always been chosen for ventilation systems for laboratories for years. Recently, VAV systems have increased in popularity as an alternative that improves energy efficiency. VAV vs. CAV: is one better than the other? Is that the right question to ask? Our presentation examines the pros and cons of each system, identifies opportunities and benefits, and gives real-life examples of modern laboratory design and how the solution for UCSC Biomed transpired. We focus on implementation of sustainable techniques and how to overcome hurdles, challenges, and myths associated with research laboratories; we also explore ideas of hybrid versions using mixed mode systems such as natural ventilation, CAV systems with night setback, and chilled beams. The audience will learn how to choose the appropriate solution based on process needs, client requirements, environmental health and safety issues, and sustainable goals in a broader campus setting on the California coast.

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