Smart Lab Ventilation Management: An Overview

Thomas Smith, Exposure Control Technologies, Inc.

Research laboratories are specially designed and operated to promote scientific development and innovation. Modern HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more complex to meet the everchanging needs of research personnel while operating safe and efficient laboratories. I2SL believes the increased complexity and costs of these systems are outpacing the availability of skilled operators and resources necessary to properly design, operate, and maintain long-term performance. A Harvard Researcher said recently “good science can happen in a bad building, but a bad building can adversely affect good science.” Properly trained personnel together with advanced techniques are required to manage complex systems, mitigate risk, promote good science, minimize premature degradation and maximize a facility’s return on investment. This session describes a Smart Labs training program intended to close the gap between requirements imposed by modern HVAC systems and the availability of skilled personnel properly equipped to ensure safe, efficient and sustainable laboratories.


Thomas C. Smith is the President and CEO of Exposure Control Technologies (ECT), Inc. Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience helping research facilities design, build, operate, manage, and maintain laboratory hoods and ventilation systems. He founded ECT, Inc. in 1994 to help research facilities achieve safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable performance laboratory ventilation systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (industrial hygiene) from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Smith has served as Chair of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems, Chair of the ANSI/AIHA Z9 Standards for Ventilation and Health, and Vice Chair of the ANSI/ASHRAE 110 Fume Hood Testing Standard. He serves on the Board for the International Institute of Sustainable Labs (I2SL) and was recently inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. Mr. Smith has participated in hundreds of laboratory ventilation projects and helped optimize performance of thousands of laboratory hoods and ventilation systems.


Note: I2SL did not edit or revise abstract or biography text. Abstracts and biographies are displayed as submitted by the author(s).