Using Solar Energy to Heat and Cool Laboratory Building Envelopes

February 20, 2014
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


Laboratory buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar technology is one of the viable solutions to save energy and money in these high-tech buildings. In the past several years technologies have been developed that use the building envelope (the space between the interior walls and exterior walls) to provide weather protection; intercept solar energy; and generate useful heat and reduce the cooling load on the building. These solar building envelopes represent a largely untapped source of energy to reduce operating costs in laboratories. They offer a particular advantage in mid-latitude and northern climates and far exceed the benefits provided by cool roof technologies.

This webinar will:

  • Review the energy needs in laboratories.
  • Present several solar building envelope technologies that have been applied.
  • Provide detailed performance of the most common technologies.
  • Recommend principles for applying these technologies in new and existing laboratories.     


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees 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.

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

Instructor Biography

John Archibald is the president of American Solar, Inc., a 15-year-old company that produces patented solar heating systems, heat recovery systems, and provides thermal design-build-development services for corporate, non-profit, and government clients. He has more than 35 years of experience in the private and federal sectors. His work includes holding energy management positions in both the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy and managing major system acquisitions for the U.S. Navy. He has received a U.S. Department of Energy Exceptional Service Award, a Public Service Leadership Award from the U.S. Energy Association, and the Region II Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year from the Association of Energy Engineers.


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