Fresh Air: Engineering Modern Laboratory Buildings

William Lin, CPP Wind

Functions and demands of modern laboratory spaces open up opportunities for building design innovations to deliver enhanced facility performance and sustainability. The thriving growth of the commercial and institutional lab sector brings diverse end-user needs, which may be met with low-carbon solutions. High-level, early-stage consideration of internal building ventilation can yield partitioning strategies wherein mechanical HVAC and filtration, mixed-mode or natural ventilation are selectively applied to zones in mixed-use spaces with high-containment activities, teaching, and social/service areas.

Learning objectives of this presentation include the overall design approach to a recent exemplary implementation of natural ventilation at a research institute in Southern California, and other building design features such as building-integrated solar energy collectors and micro-wind power generators, cladding materials with a lower environmental footprint, and heat recapture solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the design approach to natural ventilation at a research institute in Southern California;
  • Learn about how solar energy collectors can be integrated into lab buildings;
  • Be introduced to newer cladding materials; and
  • Gain an overview of advances in building systems that can yield more sustainable building design.


William Lin is a Project Engineer at CPP Wind Engineering Consultants with 40 completed projects involving laboratory exhaust design, air quality, and natural ventilation.


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