Smart Lab Webinar Series at I2SL: Best Practices for Building Automation Systems in Laboratory Environments

Advancing institutional goals with effective controls

September 3, 2020
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Eastern Time

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I2SL and the Better Buildings Smart Lab Accelerator are thrilled to collaborate to provide a webinar series for I2SL members, partners, and others seeking to learn more about laboratories. This informational webinar is provided at no cost to encourage attendees to continue improving safety and efficiency in laboratories. Consider joining I2SL to gain access to many more educational webinars throughout the year.

Smart labs enable safe and efficient world-class science to occur in laboratories by:

  • Reducing ventilation to the lowest safe levels during occupied and unoccupied time periods
  • Employing high ventilation effectiveness design
  • Minimizing fan energy
  • Using smart building controls

Your laboratory space has many purposes and many objectives, but ultimately, it must serve the people inside it—the people whose work and research advance your institutional goals. To do their work effectively, people need clean air, plenty of light, and comfortable, safe environmental conditions.

At the heart of all of this lies your building automation system (BAS) and HVAC equipment. Precisely controlling these systems means you can ensure your laboratory environment serves the people and important work you do every day.

In this session, Principal Engineer Jim Coogan will explore best practices in five areas of BAS in laboratory environments:

  • Monitoring for safety and performance–learn why itís critical and what makes it effective
  • Pressurization–learn the principles and how to make them work for you
  • Ventilation–relate ventilation control options to the hazards you face
  • Optimizing fan systems–value and risk in duct pressure reset
  • Commissioning and re-commissioning–understand why these are useful and what to look for in a provider

Webinar Recording

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Instructor Biography

Jim Coogan, P.E., is a Principal in product development at Siemens Building Technologies. In 40 years designing controls for mechanical systems, he has contributed to products ranging from room controllers to Internet-based interfaces. More than 20 patents resulted from this work. Jim has chaired several ASHRAE committees and leads the committee currently revising the Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation standard. Jim participates in programs with the International Institute for Sustainable Labs (I2SL). Publications include technical papers on room pressurization and laboratory ventilation. Jim earned his SB in mechanical engineering at MIT.


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