By Phil Wirdzek
The 2013 I2SL Annual Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minn., September 24-26, was the 15th consecutive lab sustainability conference for high-tech facility
engineers, architects, planners, operators, and
owners. Formerly known as the Labs21 Annual
Conference, the I2SL conference showcased the
accomplishments and experiences of the high-tech facility industry by offering a variety of
parallel technical tracks and symposia.
Conference attendees shared some of their
most successful and cutting-edge strategies and
challenges to building and maintaining energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable
labs and related high-tech facilities. Along with
Laboratory Design and its parent publication,
R&D Magazine, I am pleased to provide the following selected and expanded abstracts from the
2013 I2SL Annual Conference.
• Sustainable renovation in energy-intensive
lab while improving EH&S. Pierre-Luc Baril
• The sustainability opportunities of innovative lab vacuum technology. Peter Coffey
• Applying BAS to help users conserve energy.
• Labs/research campuses: Net-zero energy,
closed-loop design and regenerative design.
These additional abstracts will also be
featured in the digital edition and on our website
• The Celgene Project: Making the impossible,
possible. Don Holden
• Lab energy reduction and operational
improvement through the 2012 Freezer
Challenge. Liz York, Debbie Kuehl and
• Lab fume hoods for high heat load: A special
challenge needs a special design. By Juergen
• Framework for functional design: Labs that
work for their users. Kevin Mussler and
• Engaging lab users through best practices,
green chemistry principles to achieve sustainability. Sudhakar Reddy
• Powered plenum bypass: Reduce lab exhaust
fan energy, maintain safety. Joel Good and
• Ventilated caging: Strategies for reducing
high HVAC costs. Michael Semenuk
• Sustainable characteristic of a pharmaceutical lab in Mozambique. Thomas Serruto and
• A review of recent changes in current lab
ACH rate standards, guidelines. Gordon
program at Penn State Univ. Tabitha Sprau
Coulter and Craig R. Dubler
• Daylight harvesting for research labs. Jim
Walsh and Kevin Chriswell
• Tuned mass dampers: A smart component in
sustainable lab design. Michael Wesolowsky
If you were unable to attend the conference,
please visit I2SL’s Website to view the con-
ference agenda. I also encourage you to visit
I2SL’s E-Library to review additional technical
papers on various topics in lab sustainability.
I2SL also welcomes your submissions to its
E-Library. Additionally, presentations from
the 2013 I2SL Annual Conference and Labs21
Annual Conferences as far back as 2002 are also
available to I2SL members. Learn more about
becoming an I2SL member and gaining access
to this valuable body of work.
In looking forward to next year’s conference,
I invite you to attend the 2014 I2SL Annual
Conference to be held at the Caribe Royale hotel
in Orlando, Fla., September 22-24, 2014, with
pre-conference events taking place on September
21st. While the conference name has changed,
its content, quality and value have not. The 2014
I2SL Annual Conference remains the country’s
premier educational and networking opportunity for those who design, build and operate
sustainable labs. Learn more about this event
and other ways to get involved with I2SL through
its membership program, sponsorships and
chapters that are forming around the country by
visiting us at www.i2sl.org.
Phil Wirdzek is president and executive director of the International Institute for Sustainable
Sustainable renovation in energy-intensive
lab while improving EH&S: Otto Maass
Chemistry Building, McGill Univ.
Labs were designed to be generic and accessible to a broad range of users.
By Pierre-Luc Baril, LEED
The Otto Maass Building, built in 1964 and located on
the McGill Univ. campus
in downtown Montreal,
is dedicated to education
and research in chemistry.
The total gross floor area is
140,000 sf of which 60% are
labs. With an average fume
hood density of around ten
chemical fume hoods per
5,000 sf (including mechanical rooms and office spaces
for a total of 235 chemical
fume hoods), this building was, in 2008, the
biggest energy user of the campus (around 13%
of the total energy consumption of the whole
campus for only 1.9% of the floor area).
McGill decided, in 2009, to completely renovate 37,500 sf of labs and all mechanical rooms
and distribution shafts serving lab areas, while
maintaining most of its operations in the rest of
the building. The objectives of the project were
to improve safety and comfort for the users,
to increase energy efficiency and flexibility, to
maintain operations while retrofitting labs and
to minimize impacts on the environment.
The biggest concern was to maintain a safe,
secure and healthy environment for users
while replacing all HVAC equipment during
the 12-month construction, which included
the winter period with temperatures as low as
- 20 F. One solution was to install temporary
HVAC systems in the courtyard for a total of
120,000 cfm of 100% fresh air to supply the
spaces that were left occupied. A total capacity
of 150,000 cfm of new systems was installed.
The energy-efficient installations include:
• VAV terminal devices and fume hood.
• Motion sensors for light and fume hoods.