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Proceedings of eSim 2022: 12th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Lessons Learned from Laboratory-Specific Optimization Technologies for Existing, Heritage and New Facilities

Larissa Resende Ide 1, Melanie Chatfield 2, Afaf Azzouz 3
1 Stantec Consulting Ltd, Canada
2 City of Winnipeg
3 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Abstract: The Canadian government is targeting a 40% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels by 2025, and a carbon neutral portfolio of owned and leased buildings by 2050. This requires deep energy retrofits and high-performance design for existing/new federal buildings, including laboratories to achieve carbon neutrality/zero carbon ready operations. Laboratories have additional design challenges to meet operational requirements, including varied schedules for science processes, higher maximum/minimum ventilation rates, strict temperature and humidity requirements, and high process load energy demand and heat gains. This paper presents the results of two distinct laboratories: 1. Existing research campus 2. New construction with a conserved heritage façade The different approaches are highlighted to understand how energy-intensive facilities can reach carbon neutrality. This is not easily achieved for laboratories, so the methodology to reduce operational carbon emissions, peak loads, and energy consumption for existing and new laboratories are emphasized.
Keywords: laboratories, calibration, retrofits, heritage conservation