Labs21 Workshop: Optimizing Laboratory Ventilation Rates

Formerly Part I of the Labs21 Advanced Course:
Laboratory Ventilation and Design

Are you caught in a balancing act of maintaining a building ventilation rate that provides safe and comfortable working environments while supporting your facility's research mission and bottom line? Often laboratories take a "more is better" approach to ventilation in an effort to accommodate these factors. However, sustainability inevitably looses out in that decision. High-airflow ventilation systems can require copious amounts of energy that drive up operating costs. This highly interactive workshop scrutinizes the design challenges of crafting a "balanced" laboratory ventilation system that both handles the "worst" scenario (possible) safely and manages "routine" scenarios (probable) efficiently. Attendees review the process steps for determining an effective laboratory ventilation rate with regard to worker safety and space conditioning. A variety of "good" and "better" design practice methods that reduce HVAC system life-cycle costs are also presented and analyzed.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course is recommended for, but not limited to, the following occupations:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Facility owners and managers
  • Mechanical, engineering, and plumbing professionals
  • Project managers
  • Construction/contracting managers
  • Commissioning specialists
  • Laboratory equipment manufacturers
  • LEED-accredited professionals
  • Safety, health, and environmental management professionals
    Laboratory users
  • Students in any of the above-mentioned fields

While the course is open to everyone, it is recommended that participants have a basic understanding of laboratory ventilation issues or have taken the Labs21 Introductory Course.


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