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Roll Up Your Sleeves Roundtable

University of California at Santa Cruz Vivarium

Peter H. Rumsey, P.E., Rumsey Engineers, Inc.
Scott Shell, AIA, EHDD Architecture

Vivariums are becoming more common in laboratory buildings. Not much attention has been given to these energy intensive spaces, which often times use twice as much air and energy as compared to standard laboratory spaces. The owner and design team of the University of California Biomedical Sciences building are eager to find ways to lower the energy use of these spaces while maintaining the safety and quality of the environment. One of the factors that influences the air and energy use is the type of cage racks used. Join us to discuss and share your ideas on how to lower the energy use and improve the performance of vivariums.


Peter Rumsey, President of Rumsey Engineers, has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and energy field, and is a nationwide leader in sustainable and efficient design of government, scientific, and private sector buildings and critical environments, such as laboratories, cleanrooms, data centers, and research facilities.

Peter's passion of energy-efficient and sustainable design issues has led him to publish several papers on HVAC energy efficiency. He is the author of a column in Environmental Design and Construction magazine discussing and debating sustainable design issues. For Critical Environments, Peter wrote an article on Laboratory Efficiency in the ASHRAE Journal and was a team leader in a Data Center Efficiency Design Charette for the Rocky Mountain Institute.

He has worked on the design and improvement of buildings in three continents and is a registered mechanical engineer in nine states, including California, Oregon, Arizona, and Texas.

He is a Certified Energy Manager and a member of the ASHRAE Cleanrooms Committee (TC9.11). In 2002, he was awarded the Energy Engineer of the Year Award from the Bay Area chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. Peter has a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Scott Shell is a Senior Associate at EHDD Architecture. Along with directing the sustainable design component of many EHDD projects, Scott has managed and designed some of the firm's most complex institutional work. He has organized a number of conferences and seminars on green design strategies, particularly the use of flyash concrete and daylighting for people in the building industry, including the Green Building Conference, the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, and the ACI/CANMET Conference. Scott has also authored a number of papers on various sustainable topics. Scott received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University, as well as a Master of Arts and Humanities from Stanford University, and Doctoral Studies in South Asian Studies from the University of Chicago.

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