An Introduction to Smart Labs™ High Performance Ventilation Systems – How to Maximize Lab Safety and Energy Efficiency
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00am to 5:00pm
11 slots available
Training Overview:

The University of California-Irvine (UCI) demonstrated that Smart Labs are safe, energy efficient and sustainable.  Any laboratory facility can operate high performance lab ventilation systems and realize the benefits offered by the Smart Labs program.  This introductory course describes how to select, design, operate and manage high performance fume hoods and lab ventilation systems to minimize energy consumption to as low as possible while providing adequate protection for people working in, on or around laboratories.  

Event Benefits:

Attendees will learn:

  • The importance of lab ventilation systems and impact on success of the research organization
  • How to identify risk and determine the demand for ventilation
  • Different types of exposure control devices and how to specify proper operation
  • The importance of lab design and factors that influence airflow specifications
  • How to maximize efficiency by enabling lab ventilation systems to dynamically modulate flow to meet the demand for ventilation
  • What is required to design new systems, upgrade existing systems, and implement a Smart Labs Management Program (LVMP)
  • Lessons learned from local utility incentive projects for lab upgrades at Pfizer, Boston Scientific and UMASS Medical School 
Who Should Attend:

The training is designed for:

End users,energy managers, Lab supervisors, engineers, and operations level personnel  who have Lab responsibilities in industrial and institutional locations.




8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Purpose and Importance of Lab Ventilation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Risk Assessment and Demand for Ventilation

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Exposure Control Device Selection and Operation

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Efficient Ventilation Design for Laboratories

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Ventilation System Efficiency and Effectiveness

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Smart Labs Optimization Process

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Smart Labs Ventilation Management -

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Lessons Learned From Upgrading Lab Projects With Local Utility Incentives at Pfizer, Boston Scientific and UMASS Medical School, Worcester

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Conclusions, Review and Questions

Tools & References:

All training materiales will be emailed to participants.

Tom Checksfield &Tom Smith
Workshop Cost:
Registration Details:

Checks will be accepted at the door.
Make checks payable to: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Please register before 4/13/17

University of Massachusetts Department of Mach. & Ind. Engineering
160 Governors Dr. Amherst, MA 01003-9265
Attn. Alberto Morales

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