Sustainable Laboratory Design From an Owner's and Architect's Perspective

July 19, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’ (UTSC’s) Environmental Science and Chemistry Building opened in January 2016 and achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Gold certification in April 2016. The building’s energy model achieved an annual energy reduction of 54 percent and an annual cost reduction of 38 percent per the LEED standard.

While there are many mechanical and electrical design elements that contributed to the overall sustainability goals of the project—including ground source geothermal system, earth tubes system, air sampling system, cascading ventilation strategy, heat recovery system, and light emitting diode  lighting with daylight and occupancy sensors—the building’s architectural design features and the laboratory planning approach of this fume hood intensive building enabled it to achieve a LEED Gold Certification.

This presentation will discuss how customizing the standard curtain wall systems in the building’s exterior wall substantially allowed the building to achieve a higher level of thermal performance. The presentation will also examine an owner’s perspective of the building’s daily operations and how the building’s design influences the behavior of its occupants, including students, instructors, researching staff, and visitors.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Identify sustainable architectural design features that can be implemented in laboratory buildings to achieve a high performance and to reduce long-term operational costs without sacrificing functionality.
  • Examine how implementing an open laboratory plan concept and strategic placement of architectural programming can create a built environmental that fosters multidiscipline collaboration to discuss new research ideas.
  • Understand how efficient laboratory planning and building infrastructure design allows for the creation of an open, flexible, safe, and inspirational laboratory space suitable for research and education.
  • Learn how a completed building performs when compared to initial design assumptions as well as how a building can positively influence its occupants.


Sign up to view the webinar recording.

Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Nigel is a senior associate with Diamond Schmitt Architects. He is also a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is a LEED AP. With 14 years of experience, he has worked on many of the firm's complex laboratory projects, including the LEED Platinum certified Canmet MATERIALS lab in McMaster Innovation Park, the Wildlife Health Centre at the Toronto Zoo, and the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at the UTSC.

Jeff Miller is an engineering and construction professional now serving as the director of Facilities Management and Capital Projects at the UTSC. Through progressive roles over the past seven years, Jeff has been involved with all major capital projects for UTSC, including ongoing infrastructure development and operations at campus. Jeff is a mechanical engineer and has been involved in a vast array of projects in health care, institutions, and utilities.


Back to High-Tech Talks

Back to Training and Education