Comprehensive Energy Solutions

Jan 23, 2023

ECM Speakers Impress at Lab Airflow Controls Webinar

This webinar showed how recent regulatory and technology developments now make university laboratory spaces very attractive ESCO opportunities.

Labs consume enormous amounts of energy so it is common for retrofits to reduce energy costs by over 70%

college_lab_energy_saving.webpThis educational program was hosted by NAESCO (National Association of ESCOs) on January 23rd. It was presented by ECM Holding Group president Paul Zasada and Sales Director Bill Herrera. Paul and Bill are leading authorities on how to retrofit laboratory air systems to be safer, more comfortable, and to save more energy.

They are laboratory airflow experts at ECM, TEL’s exclusive US after-market dealer. TEL has been one of the world’s leading inventors and manufacturers of laboratory airflow monitoring and control technology since fume hood standards were first introduced in the mid-1990s (1994 in England/Europe and 1996 in the US).

The American Institute of Architecture licensed this webinar to offer continuing education credits. Licensed architects must earn continuing education credits each year to fulfill AIA membership requirements.

About ten years ago, the ANSI Z9.5 airflow code changed to allow savings of more than 50% (from 325 ACH* to 150 ACH). A great opportunity, but the ESCO industry has been slow to retrofit labs. College laboratories are one of the highest energy consumers on campus, yet labs are often overlooked on ESCO audits.

This webinar laid out how changes to laboratory systems, technologies, and codes have made it safe and profitable to retrofit existing laboratories. It explored efficiency metrics and energy conservation opportunities that apply to most university laboratories. It also covered associated energy savings like the large horsepower exhaust-fan retrofits that accompany lab changes.

The webinar ended on time after answering a dozen questions from the audience. Now you can listen to this primer on laboratory savings

 (note: presentation starts at 5:10 minutes into the video).

* ACH = Air Changes/Hour