Sustainable Laboratories

Timelines for decarbonisation of our science and technology buildings are accelerating alongside the transformation of energy supply.

In line with international practise, to maximise future flexibility and eliminate the risk of cross-contamination between different research groups, single pass air is utilised for PC2 laboratories and bio resource facilities.

Using Aircuity air quality management system can have the single largest impact on responsibly reducing both the capital cost and operating expenditure for owners of these facilities.

Systems Thinking

We offer a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to design and operation of laboratory spaces; underpinned with optimised airflow control, monitoring and automation.

Aircuity’s comprehensive indoor air quality monitoring, demand-based control system continuously optimises room ventilation flows and exhaust discharge to outside. The system provides robust data collection to the building management system (BMS) and cloud-based platforms.

Smart Labs – Sustainable, Safer

Laboratory spaces are designed with single pass airflow for occupant safety, with a full changeover of internal air volume, up to 15 times per hour during normal operation. A huge amount of air is therefore expended by supply air systems in cooling, reheating, humidifying, dehumidifying, filtering, distributing, supplying and expelling air to outside.

Demand Based Control

Using demand-based control, laboratories can be managed safely down to just two (2) air changes per hour at night time when air quality is the driving factor for determining the supply air to the lab.

Airflow rates are continuously scanned and rebalanced room-by-room for greatest efficiency and effectiveness.

Air quality is clean and safe for the vast majority of time . However at certain times there is a need to increase air circulation and purge the lab space of contaminants to maintain health and safety of laboratory personnel and their research.

Keep Smart Labs Smart

Our comprehensive maintenance coverage will ensure the system continues to run safely and effectively, for as long as it is in operation.

Controls technician testing an Aircuity sensor suite after a swap-out of sensors.
Image courtesy of Viscon Systems Sydney Australia 2019.

First Step

A Ventilation 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.

For laboratories in many cases, it makes more sense to repurpose and recommission an existing facility rather than build new.

Application Resources

Online community of International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)

Talk To An Expert

If you want safe, comfortable and sustainable lab operation, we would be very happy to discuss your project requirements.