I2SL Best Practices Guide Series:
Building Automation Systems in Laboratory Environments

May 3, 2022
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Time

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As part of an ongoing educational series, I2SL is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to offer webinars highlighting new and updated best practices guides on laboratory sustainability and efficiency topics. Join Jim Coogan of Siemens Smart Infrastructure for the second webinar of the series, covering the Principles for Building Automation Systems in Laboratory Facilities Best Practices Guide. This informational webinar is provided at no cost to encourage attendees to continue improving sustainability and efficiency in laboratories.

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.

Instructor Biography

Jim Coogan, P.E., is a Principal in product development at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. 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 led the recently completed revision Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation standard. His publications include technical papers on room pressurization and laboratory ventilation. Jim earned his BS in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


FEMP Smart Labs

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), through Smart Labs, encourages energy efficiency in laboratories through a whole-building approach that enables agencies and organizations to improve the efficiency of an entire facility rather than specific laboratory components. To guide stakeholders in developing a successful Smart Labs program, the Smart Labs Toolkit describes a systematic process to help laboratory owners and operators plan, assess, optimize, and manage laboratory facilities.


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