Controlled Environment Rooms - Energy Saving Strategies
Tom Oelschlaeger, Climate
Controlled environment roomsin the form of cold rooms, warm
rooms, and other specialty chambersare prevalent throughout
life science laboratories. The energy consumption, especially the
efficiency, of this equipment has not received the scrutiny that
other laboratory equipment and building systems have in recent years.
Since these rooms constitute a portion of the building that is heated,
cooled, humidified, or dehumidified by systems other than the building
mechanical system, their impact on total building energy consumption
is notable, at the very least.
The presentation will provide a description and illustration of
the potential energy consumption impact of controlled environment
rooms and explore the causes of the current state of energy efficiency
of this equipment. Strategies that can be employed to reduce the
energy consumption of controlled environment rooms will be presented.
Potential design solutions and product features with varying complexity
and impact will be summarized.
has been employed in the controlled environment room industry for
over 25 years. His positions have ranged from sales to mechanical
and control system design, programming, and engineering. He is currently
vice president of Climate Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of
controlled environment rooms.
Mr. Oelschlaeger's professional affiliations include membership
in ASHRAE; Air-Conditioning Engineers; the Instrumentation, Systems,
and Automation Society; and the Green Building Institute.
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