Laboratory Design for Hot and Humid Environments

July 19, 2012
1–2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Designing energy-efficient laboratories has many challenges. The high exhaust requirements and large equipment loads contribute to energy usage intensities that are five to ten times that of typical office buildings. These issues are amplified for laboratories in hot and humid climates.

During this presentation, Dan Doyle, president of Grumman/Butkus Associates, discussed some general strategies for designing high-performance, energy-efficient laboratories, particularly in hot and humid climates. Considerations discussed included the location of equipment, design for daylighting, and strategies laboratory operators can address to reduce space loads, including efficient lighting systems and equipment. This webinar also addressed ways operators can save energy by adjusting air-handling systems and reducing reheat, cooling loads, air exhausted by fume hoods, and the required air change rate of the space.

Water conservation is another important aspect of designing a high-performance laboratory. This presentation covered some of the ways laboratories can conserve water with low-flow fixtures, electronic faucet sensors, and equipment that reduces or eliminates water use.

Webinar participants learned to:

  • Identify energy efficiency considerations for laboratory planning.
  • Identify ways to reduce cooling loads with efficient equipment and lighting.
  • Describe the process for determining the required airflow to a space and strategies to reduce this airflow.
  • Summarize options for reducing the energy required for cooling and reheat.
  • Understand additional elements of high-performance laboratory design.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers and one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you would like to receive a professional development hour for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biography

Dan Doyle is president of Grumman/Butkus Associates, a firm of nationally recognized energy management consultants and design engineers located in Evanston, Illinois. For the past 30 years, Mr. Doyle's career has focused on energy conservation and efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings, especially energy-intensive and mission critical facilities, such as laboratories, hospitals, data centers, and specialized manufacturing facilities.
Mr. Doyle has received more than 20 local, regional, and national design awards from organizations such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Illinois Department of Energy for energy conservation retrofits in existing buildings. Two of these award-winning projects include upgrades to laboratory buildings at the Amoco Research Center in Naperville, Illinois, and the Kraft Foods Technology Center in Glenview, Illinois. Within ASHRAE, Mr. Doyle has served as President of the Illinois Chapter and chair of the Chapter's Energy Committee for two years.

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