The Smart Labs Project

Innovations to reduce energy use and related emissions caused by buildings are proliferating. Timelines for decarbonisation are accelerating.

Reducing Energy Use is the First Step to Net Zero

For life science laboratories in many cases, it is more economical and 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 of laboratory spaces; underpinned with operational technology from Aircuity – a 20-year global leader.

Aircuity’s multiplexed air quality monitoring, demand-based control system continuously optimises ventilation rates. The system provides intelligent feedback to energy and occupational health and safety (OHS) personnel.

Smart Labs – Sustainable, Safer

Lab spaces often require 100% outdoor air, with a full changeover 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.

Accurate data-points and analytics are available at Aircuity’s cloud-based dashboard for OHS personnel.

The #1 Proven Emissions Reduction Strategy

Using a sophisticated demand-based control strategy Aircuity’s operational technology will manage labs safely with just two (2) air changes per hour for majority of time. Airflow rates are continuously scanned and rebalanced with directional airflow, room-by-room for greatest efficiency and effectiveness.

We find 98% of the time air quality is clean. It’s only a small amount of time that you actually need to increase airflow between 8 and 15 air changes to purge the lab and keep it clean.

This approach often has the single largest impact on responsibly reducing laboratory building energy use, sometimes by as much as 50%.

Keep Smart Labs Smart

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.

Controls technician testing an electronic sensor suite – Sydney Australia 2019

First Step

An 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.

Application Resources

Talk To An Expert

If you are considering safer and more sustainable labs, we would be very happy to discuss your project requirements.