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Rightsizing Laboratory HVAC Systems, Part 1 of 2

This article discusses the use of measured equipment-load data to "rightsize" laboratory HVAC systems and minimize simultaneous heating and cooling.

The third most energy-intensive building type1—a single fume hood can consume as much energy as three average U.S. homes—laboratory facilities have been dismissed as too specialized and complex for significant energy-efficiency measures. Recent experience, however, shows laboratory buildings present significant energy-efficiency opportunities.2 Some of these opportunities are common to commercial buildings (e.g., variable-speed drives, efficient lighting), wh

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