News From the Hood, Volume 1, March 2002
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Fumehood PictureLaboratory fume hoods are highly energy-intensive pieces of equipment found across a spectrum of industries and in educational labs. Each hood uses as much energy as a home, and we estimate that existing fume hoods use up to half a billion dollars of energy each year. The Berkeley Hood project is working towards the commercialization of an alternative that will cut energy use by 50% or more, while improving Fumehood Picture safety through improved containment of dangerous materials in the hood and reducing the size and first costs of facility HVAC systems thanks to lower overall airflow. This newsletter keeps readers abreast of new developments in research being conducted in this exciting area by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Applications Team.

Welcome to the premiere issue of News from The Hood, an e-newsletter describing recent results from LBNL's High-Performance Fume Hood research project. Each issue brings you concise notes on new developments. Feel free to forward this issue to others you think would like to subscribe.

Announcing The Berkeley Hood Web Site

We have launched a new website to serve as a repository of news and information about the Berkeley Hood project. The site includes an overview, downloadable publications, the project Brochure, our current R&D agenda, streaming video showing containment, student projects, media coverage, and back issues of this newsletter.

Please visit:

New Report: Comprehensive Summary of Berkeley Hood Research To-date

This major report synthesizes seven years of research on the Berkeley Hood. Inside you will find technical information on the R&D process and current hood design, an R&D agenda, and results from field tests at the University of Montana and the University of California at San Francisco. The report also contrasts the Berkeley Hood design to existing energy-efficiency strategies and presents a market assessment, including per-hood energy use and savings estimates, along with a description of various market barriers.

Download the report here