How to Implement a Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program

Laboratories are constructed to provide controlled environments where scientists can safely research and develop new and innovative technologies. Laboratories are complex facilities and they are one of the highest energy consumers by building type. They must be properly designed and operated to support occupants, achieve research success, and satisfy the return on investment. The Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program provides a framework to help coordinate key stakeholders and provides guidance to assist with proper selection, operation, use, and maintenance of complex laboratory ventilation systems. The AIHA/ANSI Z9.5 American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation requires all laboratory facilities to establish a Lab Ventilation Management Plan (LVMP). The Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program satisfies the Z9.5 requirements and delivers numerous benefits for an organization including safer labs, reduced cost, and better outcomes. The elements of a comprehensive program include:

  • Stakeholder Roles and Lines of Communication
  • Building Systems Information
  • Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Risk Assessment and Specifications for Applicable Safety Measures
  • Architectural and Engineering Design Guidelines
  • Air Balance, Commissioning, and Testing Specifications and Procedures
  • Maintenance and Performance Verification Procedures
  • Management of Change Process
  • Occupant and Stakeholder Training

This 4-hour course will describe the elements of a comprehensive LVMP and how organizations can develop and implement this program to improve safety, reduce waste, and provide environments that promote research success for the lifecycle of the laboratory facility.


Thomas C. Smith is the President and CEO of 3Flow. Mr. Smith has worked more than 30 years in labs and critical workspaces to provide safe, efficient, and sustainable operation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Smith has served as Chair of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems, Chair of the ANSI/AIHA Z9 Committed Health and Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems, and has been a member of the ASHRAE 110 Fume Hood committee since 1991. He serves on the Board for the International Institute of Sustainable Labs (I2SL) and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.


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