HVAC Energy Saving Strategies With Variable Volume Flow Or Chilled Beams in Labs

September 21, 2017
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are major energy consumption components at laboratories, yet they are fundamental to the safety and comfort of laboratory users. Design decisions for those systems are based on local and international standards regarding laboratory design and fume hood applications as well as normative and risk assessments of procedures that will take place in the building.

This presentation will outline various strategies to reduce energy consumption during the design phase, such as use of chilled beams, variable airflow systems based on demand of the fume hoods, and control procedures for the HVAC system. Additionally, the presentation will review critical components, such as air distribution, air flow controls based on blade or venturi dampers, sensors at fume hoods, and pressure control. Finally, attendees will examine a simple lab design to identify energy saving potentials based on component selections and possible HVAC technologies that were discussed.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Identify the impacts of the HVAC systems on energy consumption in a laboratory
  • Explain how to apply a variable air volume (VAV) system in a lab.
  • Understand how to apply chilled beams in a lab.
  • Identify the user behaviors in a laboratory that have the greatest impact on energy consumption.


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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 after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Marco Adolph is the vice president of technology of TROX USA. He has more than a decade of experience with the TROX GROUP, including research and development and product management at TROX GmbH; as a lab supervisor at TROX Brazil; and as a technical sales manager at TROX South America. He joined TROX USA in 2015 and is an active member of ASHRAE. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Federal University of Parana; a master's degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Campinas; and a master of business administration in project management from Fundacao Getulio Vargas.


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