Sustainable Steam Sterilizers

March 21, 2013
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Vivarium steam sterilizers, or autoclaves, present a real opportunity to save energy and water in laboratories and high-tech facilities. Arthur Trapotsis, CEO of Consolidated Sterilizer Systems, reviewed specific emerging techniques to reduce the water consumed by an autoclave by more than 90 percent, thus saving millions of gallons of water per unit over the life of the autoclave.

Mr. Trapotsis also discussed energy-saving practices that will significantly reduce the steam and conditioned air requirements in the autoclave room(s) at a very low upfront cost. These energy- and water-saving measures will typically yield a return on investment after merely 6 to 18 months. In addition, these measures can increase the number of LEED® points accredited to a building project by the U.S. Green Building Council. Credits for waste water technologies, water use reduction, energy performance, and innovation in design could be applied to most building projects that incorporate autoclaves possessing these utility saving techniques.

Participants in this discussion learned:

  • Recognize sources of waste from autoclaves.
  • Quantify the water consumed in an autoclave.
  • Review strategies for energy and water savings.
  • Identify potential LEED credits.

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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 or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

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Instructor Biography

Arthur Trapotsis, CEO of Consolidated Sterilizer Systems, has 15 years of experience in the sterilization industry. Mr. Trapotsis obtained his BS and MS in Biochemical Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from Babson College. He has presented at a number of sustainability conferences around the country, promoting "green" autoclave design features. Mr. Trapotsis is active in the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council. 

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