Energy Efficiency and Standards

There are many published design standards and guidelines that inform the design engineer about the health and physical hazards of the laboratory environment. This guide focuses on four publications to summarize recommendations that pertain to the energy efficiency of the laboratory. They are:

·Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - 29 CFR - Part 1910.1450

·"American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation." ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 2002 [ANSI…Z9.5, 2002]

·American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), 2003 HVAC Applications Handbook. Atlanta, GA.: ASHRAE, 2003. [2003 HVAC Applications Handbook, 2003]

·Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice - 24th Edition. ISBN: 1-882417-42-9 (ACGIH). The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Inc., eds. Cincinnati, OH: Publisher, 2001. [Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice - 24th Edition, 2001]

·ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide , American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta GA.; 2001. [McIntosh, 2001]

These standards include a wealth of information with which the energy engineer should become familiar to produce safe and energy-efficient laboratory design. However, some recommendations are not supported by the current research and some conflict with other standards. Resolving conflicting recommendations is complex and challenging. Information in this design guide can help the energy engineer qualify and quantify the spectrum of considerations and offer the most appropriate energy-efficient resolution. [Neuman, 2001] [ref318 [Memarzadeh, 2001]


Laboratory type definitions

OSHA - 29 CFR - Part 1910.1450

ANSI - Laboratory Ventilation Standard - Z9.5 - 2002

ASHRAE – 2003 HVAC Applications Handbook – Ch. 14 – Laboratories

ACGIH - Industrial Ventilation – 24th Ed. - 2001

ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide

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