Review of the Smart Labs Laboratory Ventilation Risk Assessment
Join us this month for a review by Rachel L. Romero, PE, Energy Engineer with the Building Technologies & Science Center at NREL.
Decarbonization is critical to minimizing the impact of facility operations on climate change. As lab facilities produce three to five times the carbon emissions of a typical office building, labs present as a prime candidate for energy efficiency, water reduction, and carbon reduction opportunities.
To achieve this, lab owners and facility managers can develop a lab decarbonization plan that aligns with the Smart Labs Toolkit process of Plan, Assess, Optimize, and Manage to achieve decarbonization goals. The Smart Labs Toolkit, a resource developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program, guides laboratory stakeholders through a straight-forward, holistic approach to achieve dynamic, high-performance laboratories. A Smart Labs program employs a combination of physical, administrative, and management techniques to assess, optimize, and manage high performance laboratories.
The presentation will focus on a central component of the Smart Labs approach—the Laboratory Ventilation Risk Assessment (LVRA), a systematic process for identifying risk due to airborne hazards to inform the operation of dynamic ventilation that optimizes safety and efficiency. Case studies of shifting lab operation to maximize carbon reductions will also be shared. In learning ventilation strategies successful in critical laboratory environments, identify the tools and resources needed to successfully manage carbon emissions in any building through smarter, safer ventilation.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
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