The Smart Labs Project

Application Summary

Reducing Energy In Our Built Environment Is A Vital Step To Net-Zero

Innovations to reduce energy demand and the amount of carbon in the atmosphere caused by our buildings and cities are proliferating around the world. Timelines for net-zero are accelerating in developed countries in 2021 with a goal of at least 50% cut by 2030.

For life science laboratories in many cases it is more economical and more sustainable to repurpose and retrofit an existing building rather than build new.

Systems Thinking

We offer a holistic, multi-discipline systems thinking approach to design and operation to the energy intensive nature of laboratory spaces. Our technical system is underpinned with Aircuity – a 20-year industry recognised leader in North America. Aircuity’s multiplexed air quality, room demand based system continuously optimizes ventilation rates and provides intelligent feedback to a wide variety of constituents.

Smart Labs – Sustainable, Safe

These spaces often require 100% outdoor air, with a full change over of internal air volume, up to 15 times per hour during normal operation.

A huge amount of air is expended by ventilation systems in heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, filtering, distributing, supplying and expelling air

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The #1 Proven Energy and Carbon Reduction Strategy

Using a demand control ventilation strategy we can engineer Aircuity’s system to operate PC1 and 2 laboratories safely with just two air changes per hour for majority of time. It does this by scanning and rebalancing ventilation rates zone-by-zone using digital controls and venturi valves for greatest efficiency and effectiveness. Savings made in airflow reduce cooling and heating energy costs resulting in overall HVAC savings.

[98% of the time air quality is clean. It’s only a small amount of time that you actually need to increase airflow to purge the lab and keep it clean.]

Indoor Air Quality Management System. Courtesy of Aircuity
Enhanced Occupational Health & Safety

Maintain safe ventilation and air quality while reducing energy. Accurate data-points of air quality and airflows from Aircuity,s web based dasboard are provided for different users and operators.

Keep Smart Labs Smart – Assurance Service

Viscon’s comprehensive maintenance coverage plan ensures the system will continue to run safely, effectively, and accurately for as long as it is in operation.

First Step to Implementation – Assessment
Energy Analysis and Return On Investment Tool

First used to evaluate energy & first cost impact of demand based control. Over last 5 years it has evolved into a general purpose lab energy savings & first cost impact analysis tool.

The tool is unique in its focus on ventilation, cooling and heating systems that dominate energy use in laboratories.

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