I2SL Best Practices Guide Series:
Manifolding Laboratory Exhaust Systems

November 30, 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 Jeremy Lebowitz of Jensen Hughes and Hilary Williams of Arup for the fifth webinar of the series, covering the Manifolding Laboratory Exhaust Systems Best Practices Guide. This informational webinar is provided at no cost to encourage attendees to continue improving sustainability and efficiency in laboratories.

Manifolding laboratory exhaust in laboratory buildings provides substantial energy and first-cost savings opportunities, compared with separately ducted systems with multiple exhaust fans. Experience has shown that during laboratory retrofit projects, manifolded exhaust systems reduce construction costs and help avoid operational disruptions. These outcomes are especially likely when fume hood exhaust can be combined with general room exhaust. A holistic, team-based approach is important when determining the design and appropriateness of a manifolded exhaust system; in addition to considering the locally applicable code and existing system configurations. This webinar is intended to provide relevant background for practical considerations when designing and operating laboratory exhaust systems.

This webinar is a deeper technical dive on the subject for individuals who may have seen (or missed) the companion presentation at this year’s I2SL Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what a manifold exhaust system is;
  • Learn why manifolding laboratory exhaust in laboratory buildings is effective;
  • Understand basic manifold design;
  • Learn the benefits of manifolding lab exhaust; and
  • Understand good manifold design practices and their considerations.

Instructor Biography

Jeremy Lebowitz specializes in laboratory, healthcare, and hazardous material safety. He is a fire protection professional engineer responsible for business development and technical quality on projects involving hazardous material use and storage in pharmaceutical, semiconductor fabrication, vivarium, R&D, manufacturing, and chemical processing.

Hilary Williams leads Arup's Boston office mechanical team and brings 20 years of experience in mechanical design, analysis, and construction. Her work for laboratory, healthcare, and educational facilities is particularly focused on sustainable technologies, energy analysis, and complex building design. She is secretary of I2SL's New England Chapter.

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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