Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings - Laboratories  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
1.5 LU | HSW
0.2 CEU

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This course addresses the six areas that are most responsible for energy waste in laboratories
including the air handling systems and fume hoods and provides numerous suggestions for reducing
energy use.


Steve Greenberg, P.E., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   

Steve Greenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Energy Manager. Now a Senior Energy Management Engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he has researched and applied energy-efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 33 years. He is currently working with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, performing research on energy efficiency in laboratories, data centers, and other high-tech buildings, as well as working with the Lab's Facilities Division on several new building projects. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit.

Dale Sartor, P.E., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   

Mr. Sartor heads the LBNL Building Technologies Applications Team, which assists in the transfer of new and underutilized technology through project-focused multidisciplinary teams. Mr. Sartor has an A.B. in Architecture, and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor. He has over thirty-five years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including ten years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL's In-House Energy Management Program. Mr. Sartor oversees RD&D at LBNL focused on energy efficiency in buildings for high tech industries (i.e. laboratories, cleanrooms, and data centers).

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to identify the key components of a laboratory HVAC design that will:

  • Optimize ventilation (air change) rates and reduce fume hood energy;
  • Right-size HVAC system capacity and minimize simultaneous heating and cooling;
  • Lower HVAC fan energy use; and
  • Evaluate energy recovery.
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