A Guide to Navigating Building and Fire Codes for Laboratories


Recent changes in lab ventilation technologies have created new opportunities for conserving energy while maintaining a safe work environment.This guide provides an overview of these opportunities and how they are related to building and fire codes generally used in the United States. More specifically, this document addresses safety and energy issues related to chemistry-driven lab ventilation, provides an overview of current codes and standards related to lab ventilation rates, and describes lab ventilation systems and opportunities to reduce related airflows. It then describes a process to enable airflow reductions using demand-based and optimized ventilation to ensure safe working conditions for occupants, to protect property from damage, and to do so as energy-efficiently as possible. A case study is also included to illustrate the potential energy savings from optimizing ventilation systems.

Author(s): Wray, C. and B. Tschudi