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Smart Ventilation

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The workshop runs from 1245 to 1730 at the University of Bristol on Sept 17. (Timings are dictated by the 8 hour time difference with California). It precedes the Effective Laboratory Conference at Bristol on Sept 18. 

The event explores how developments in information, management, technology and other areas are creating opportunities to greatly reduce laboratory energy consumption, with significant financial and performance benefits. In particular it aims to:

  • Develop a good understanding of how more ambitious and co-ordinated improvement initiatives with regard to laboratory ventilation can create energy and financial benefits for universities. (Especially relevant to lab energy and sustainability champions).
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the engineering and other approaches that are required to deliver smart ventilation improvements. (Especially relevant to estates engineers and project managers, and suppliers).
  • Facilitate discussion and networking between sustainability champions, estates engineers and project managers, and suppliers to develop capacity and lay the basis for more joined-up initiatives in universities.

The event draws on the experience of The University of California, Irvine, which has reduced its laboratory energy consumption by 40-50% through a strategic ‘Smart Labs’ programme involving improved design, new ventilation technologies; deep information about ventilation operation; systematic recommissioning; and more efficient operation. Smart Labs senior champion, Wendell Brase, will be present, and the Irvine Energy Manager Matt Gudorf will be joining by video link.


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