Science in the Age of the Invisible: Biomimicry and the Design of Translational Research Facilities

Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Speaker(s): David Martin

The best biological ideas can solve most human problems. This session will explore two of the most important converging aspects of laboratory design today—how to drive discovery and innovation through collaboration in translational research environments and how to create environmentally benign science facilities with reduced energy consumption. Examples from nature, which has perfected its model through 3.8 billion years ...

Energy-Efficient HVAC Design for Laboratories

Wednesday, September 20, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Laboratories are energy-intensive facilities. They have five to ten times the energy usage intensity of a typical office building, due primarily to high exhaust requirements and large equipment loads. Designing and operating energy efficient laboratories presents many challenges. This presentation will discuss strategies for designing and operating high-performance, energy efficient laboratories. Topics will include reduction of air flow, reduction of ...

It's Not a Fashion, It's a Need: The Sustainability Concept

Thursday, September 21, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Speaker(s): Miguel Antunes Pinto

Sustainability is a concept that really begins before the planning phase and includes all kinds of professionals in the process until the end of construction. Sustainability is an "easy word" in current days, almost used like a fashion trend. Everyone wants a sustainable project and most of the times people don't know what it is, what to do or how ...

Designing Safe and Energy Efficient Laboratory Exhaust Systems

Thursday, September 21, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Speaker(s): Brad Cochran, PE

Laboratory exhaust systems are one of the most energy intensive systems found within a wet bench laboratory. It is also one of the most important safety features of the lab since it is responsible for minimizing the re-entrainment of any toxic and/or odorous emissions at nearby air intake and other sensitive locations. Therefore, designing these systems to safe and ...