HVAC Control Strategies for Laboratories

Marco Adolph, TROX USA, Inc.

The presentation will delve into the possible Control Strategies for Laboratory HVAC Systems, and include the following as design strategies:

  • FumeHood Control,
  • Room Pressurization Control,
  • Combined Room Pressurization & Comfort Control,
  • Total Laboratory Control,
  • Consideration for potential leakages, and
  • Energy Efficient Strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • The five main strategies for Laboratory HVAC Control; their application; and complete with the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • The optimal strategy of a control requirement to mesh both Room Pressure Control with Climate Control.
  • How the varying degrees of leakages needs to be taken into account when designing and evaluating the system performance.
  • The complexity of the considerations when designing a Laboratory that focuses on Energy Efficiency.


With a doctorate in mechanical engineering and nearly a decade of experience with the TROX GROUP, Mr. Adolph is uniquely positioned to drive the continued development and manufacture of the most energy-efficient HVAC components available in North America, with a focus on the latest air distribution solutions, including chilled beams, air diffusers, controllers, underfloor air and displacement.

Dr. Adolph began his career at TROX at its corporate headquarters in Neukirchen-Vlyuyn, Germany, working in research and development and product management. The following year he transferred to TROX Brazil as laboratory supervisor where he was involved in new product testing, filter manufacturing, the support of the continuous improvement process and the development of computational tools to support the sales team and design engineers. Prior to joining TROX USA, he managed technical sales in Latin America for TROX South America and acted as deputy to the CEO and was integral to the introduction of TROX chillers to the Brazilian market.


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