Achieving Big Carbon Savings in a Private Pharma Manufacturing Laboratory

Kevin Shea, Integral Group
Mike Misajon, Precision Nano-Systems

The intent of this discussion will be to look at a case study in Vancouver, Canada, for Precision Nano-Systems' (PNI's) new pharma manufacturing lab. This new facility is going into an existing building and had few energy/carbon targets put on it by the City's permitting processes. This presentation will show how some private pharmaceutical companies are taking carbon and energy reduction targets into their own hands and how they can cost effectively reduce their footprints.

Lessons learned on:

  • What the current Vancouver market baselines are for current industrial/laboratory zoned facilities, and what the baseline for this facility was.
  • How a small amount of energy modelling at the outset of the project and work with suppliers and local utilities resulted in five major carbon reducing strategies that would be implemented to reduce overall facility carbon output by over 70%.
  • How local incentive funding can support private companies move forward with the increased capital required for carbon/energy reducing measures.
  • How PNI's corporate goals for energy/carbon and GHG reductions show that there are some pharmaceutical companies that are driven to meet the global 2030 emissions reduction targets.

We will discuss the project timeline, methodologies for analyzing each energy conservation measure (ECM), outcomes and how these support the corporate goals of PNI.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the minimal energy and carbon targets for existing buildings and large renovations in Vancouver and generally across Canada. The audience will understand the real baseline that was created, and not a fictitious ASHRAE 90.1 baseline building;
  • Have a better understanding for what minimal energy modelling is required to be able to define energy and/or carbon reducing measures, and how this can support owners in early decisions to implement these measures;
  • Understand five ECMs that supported a facility's reduction in carbon by more than 70% and how local utility incentive funding was able to be accessed to help fund the upgrades; and
  • Understand how PNI's corporate energy and carbon reduction standards helped to drive forward this ambitious project's ECMs, even though they do add costs to the project and complexity to the design.


Kevin Shea is a Principal with the Integral Group in Vancouver leading the Science and Technology sector in Canada, with a background in Mechanical Engineering. With more than 15 years experience, Kevin is passionate about laboratory design and creating healthy and efficient buildings to support exciting research and manufacturing.

Mike Misajon's biography is not available.


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