Organised by: Lab Manager
Description: Most of today’s labs have a commonality in that they use traditional engineered control systems that have extremely high Energy Use Intensity (EUI). Specifically, ducted fume hoods rely on continuous high airflow to contain contaminants, waste large volumes of conditioned air and are energy-intensive to operate. Filtered fume hoods employ highly efficient containment and filtration through either Carbon filtration or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) and, at times, a combination of both depending on the application handlings performed within the fume hood.
Filtered fume hoods can also improve lab spatial efficiency by requiring less space between hoods and even reducing floor-to-ceiling height as well as reducing the required space from MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) equipment increasing the usable gross square footage. Their use enables sustainable lab design through several pathways:
Reduced ventilation make-up air requirements, minimizing conditioning and heat gain Reduced chemical and material consumption through more focused containment at the source Enhanced researcher comfort and productivity in labs with reduced air turbulence increase the ability for flexibility within the lab for the changes in the customer’s workflow requirements Reduce the carbon footprint with average Co2 reductions of > 20,000 lbs/year
Typical engineered controlled systems in place—how they work and how can they be improved. How filtration can work together with current engineered, controlled systems to improve safety within the lab. Holistic approaches to safety throughout a chemicals life cycle, reducing exposure limits, increasing safety. Standards in place to enhance safety—with filtration.