Labs21 Workshop: Occupants Matter: Sustainable Design Meets Researchers

Presented by:
Laboratory Research and Technical Staff (LabRATS) of the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara and UC Davis

Sustainable design of laboratories sometimes assumes idealized occupant behavior, such as closing fume hood sashes when finished with them or not placing warm appliances next to thermostats. Conversely, laboratory occupants sometimes assume their behavior does not effect building operations, such as when they deactivate fume hood alarms.

Some topics discussed during this workshop include:

  • Temperature settings
  • Hazard and heat compartmentalizing
  • Zone lighting
  • Closing fume hood sashes
  • Other energy and water saving techniques


Who Should Attend This Course?

This half-day workshop targets designers, engineers, operations and maintenance staff, and laboratory occupants to educate them on the collaborative practices that can be done to ensure maximum efficiency from electrical and mechanical systems, and the building as a whole. In turn, this collaboration with researchers may lead to more restrained design requests, where systems deemed unnecessary by the laboratory occupants could be eliminated.


Continuing Education Credits

This course is worth 3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for professional engineers and 3 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

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LabRATS is the recipient of the 2008 Go Beyond Award for an organization.


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