I2SL's High-Tech Talks Webinar Series Presents:

"Bren Hall" Beyond Platinum—Pushing the Envelope on Energy-Efficient HVAC Design

July 14, 2011
2 – 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Bren Hall on the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus opened in April 2002 as the first laboratory building in the United States to receive the USGBC Platinum LEED® accreditation. In 2009, Bren Hall received a second Platinum rating as an existing building, making it the first duel LEED Platinum building in the country. UCSB continues to push the envelope to make the laboratory operation more efficient, safe, and sustainable.

One of the methods that UCSB employed to reach such high levels of sustainability was through a thorough evaluation of their HVAC system, both on the supply and exhaust sides. UCSB wanted to safely achieve a lower volume of air flow while still receiving a generous return on their investment. This webinar helped participants gain an understanding of the strategies and methodologies applied to the variable air volume (VAV) in the Bren Hall project.

Specifically, participants learned:

  • How even the most "decorated" LEED laboratory building can be made more energy efficient through the implementation of a VAV exhaust system.
  • Methods for implementing VAV exhaust systems without compromising safety.
  • What potential cost savings are available through the use of VAV exhaust systems.

This presentation was one of the most highly rated of the Labs21 2010 Annual Conference. For more information on the project please read Brad Cochran's full conference abstract or the Laboratories for the 21st Century Case Study of Bren Hall.

The webinar took place from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, July 14. During the last 15 minutes, the webinar instructor answered questions from the audience.


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Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers and one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you need to receive professional development hours for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biography

Brad Cochran, P.E.

Mr. Cochran is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado and has nearly 20 years of experience conducting wind-tunnel and mathematical modeling studies related to laboratory exhaust design. Mr. Cochran has managed projects for such clients as Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health, University of Texas Medical Center, Loyola University, Genentech, and the University of California.

He has authored and presented several papers on the subject of energy efficient laboratory exhaust design for ASHRAE, Labs21, R&D Magazine, Lab Manager, LabWize, IFMA, AMCA, and the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA).


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