Laboratory Safety and Energy Efficiency Made Easy: The Smart Labs Toolkit Part II

Tom Smith, 3Flow

Assess, Optimize, and Manage. Each phase has additional specific tasks, training, and resources proven to deliver high performance labs, support the efforts of key stakeholders and maximize benefits for the organization. This toolkit describes a proven approach to help optimize performance of laboratories and critical control environments in new or existing facilities. Resources come from the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, which has 17 partners at national laboratories and universities throughout the United States. The toolkit includes resources, case studies, videos, and more to educate users and improve laboratory safety and reduce energy consumption. Tom will cover the 'Assess' section of the Toolkit. Once the buildings have been profiled and prioritized, the next step is to undertake a deeper investigation into the building systems to determine how they currently operate and how they should operate to meet the current functional requirements of the occupants. The difference between current operation and required operation provides the information to assess opportunities and determine appropriate measures for improving performance.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the benefits and risks of a laboratory management plan;
  • Understand the other laboratory assessment besides ventilation, including lighting and water;
  • Develop a scope of work for laboratory upgrades; and
  • Learn about the resources for completing a ventilation assessment.


Thomas C. Smith is the president and CEO of 3Flow, formerly Exposure Control Technologies (ECT), Inc. Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience helping research facilities design, build, operate, manage, and maintain laboratory hoods and ventilation systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (industrial hygiene) from the University of North Carolina.


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