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Building management in laboratories

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Focus on what’s important: your research

What is your laboratory’s most important asset? Despite all of the high-tech scientific equipment in modern research facilities, in the end they are still powered by people’s minds. This is why our integrated laboratory solutions are ultimately aimed at providing a comfortable, efficient and regulatory-compliant workspace for you and your employees – so you can focus with peace of mind on your next breakthrough.

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October 15-18, 2017 | Boston, Massachusetts

2017 I²SL Annual Conference

A comprehensive approach to laboratory management

In maintaining safe and comfortable working conditions in laboratories, comfort and safety should be primary objectives. Achieving both of these objectives at once and without compromising on economical or ecological aspects is a challenging task. This becomes particularly evident when looking at the average energy consumption of research facilities such as Harvard’s laboratories, which account for almost half of the total energy used at the university’s campuses. Achieving the highest levels of safety and comfort and minimizing energy consumption at the same time is only possible with highly automated, demand-driven systems.

Our laboratory solutions are unique in that they can address this very issue by intelligently linking your entire facility’s infrastructure from fume hoods to room controls and primary plants. The modular system architecture allows you to easily adapt to any changes in room layout or use, which may be frequently occurring in lab spaces. Thanks to continuous exchange of information between all modules and easy data accessibility through a single interface, you can take full advantage of all potentials with regard to safety, economic viability and comfort. This way, you’ll ensure optimal working conditions including minimum noise pollution at all times while meeting the most stringent requirements for the protection of people and the environment.

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Fully integrated control systems for your laboratory

Our extensive portfolio of building management systems for laboratories includes standardized solutions for all application scenarios. Through comprehensive integration of all components, we combine these systems into single solutions that meet the specific requirements of each facility. Explore our products below for further information.

Green Lab Solution

Green Lab Solution

Energy consumption in laboratories is typically three to eight times higher than in office buildings. This is primarily due to ventilation requirements for worker safety and research integrity: Two thirds of the energy used in a laboratory is associated with meeting air change requirements and comfort control. With the Green Lab Solution, we offer a bundle of products, solutions and services designed to make laboratory spaces more energy-efficient and improve performance.

Fume hood control

Depending on the room configuration, fume hoods’ exhaust volume flow can have a large impact on energy consumption in laboratories. By measuring and controlling the opening of the front sash, this volume flow can be reduced or increased according to the current demand. Automatic closing of the front sash when not in use provides additional energy savings.

Particle measurement

Our solutions for integrating airborne particle measurement not only monitor and analyze measured values from all channels but also use this information to dynamically adjust air flow rates to substantially reduce energy costs.

Emergency voice communication

Our intelligent evacuation systems are activated automatically in case of an incident and can be configured both for live voice announcements and playback of pre-recorded messages. Clear instructions and descriptions of the emergency situation enable the people inside the building to evacuate the danger area quickly and orderly. This effectively prevents the outbreak of panic in hazardous situations.

Fire detection

Our S-LINE fire detectors are equipped with our uniquely intelligent ASAtechnology, which allows exceptionally precise and rapid fire detection and alarming. Aspirating smoke detection ensures earliest possible detection even if air flows or air conditioning and ventilation systems prevent smoke from reaching the fire detectors.

Fire suppression

With Sinorix™, we offer a fire suppression solution that is ideally suited to the fire risks in laboratories. Sinorix™ provides quick and reliable extinguishing for a wide variety of fire types. The solutions are tailored to your individual needs to maximize business continuity and provide optimal protection of people, environment, processes, and assets.

Fume hood fire detection and extinguishing

Our Object Extinguishing Technology provides reliable fire detection and effective extinguishing for laboratory fume hoods. It can be easily tailored to individual requirements and fully integrated with the fire alarm system.

Demand-controlled ventilation


Our Critical Environment Technology (CET) enables the safe, precise and fast measurement, control and monitoring of air volume flows and room pressures in buildings. CET uses open-standard interfaces and can be easily integrated into building automation systems for highest levels of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety and security in:
• Room ventilation and general exhausts
• Room pressure control
• Laboratory fume hood control
• Room air conditioning

Environment monitoring with CMT

The reliable monitoring of room conditions and airborne particles in critical environments is possible with our Compact Monitoring Technology (CMT). With CMT, you can monitor, store and document up to 100 GMP-relevant environmental parameters – whether temperature, humidity, air velocity, air pressure and particles or access to quarantine areas or highly sensitive medical systems like thrombocyte separators. All necessary components for data acquisition, visualization and archiving are contained in a pre-configured control cabinet. It can be operated via the optional integrated touch panel or from a networked PC, as well as linked to other monitoring systems such as airlock controls or presence detectors.

HVAC control

Reliably controlling and monitoring ventilation and air conditioning parameters has been one of our core competencies for many decades. With our tailored solutions, you profit from minimized installation and operating costs as well as a high level of security against failure. Our HVAC portfolio includes exact, modulating magnetic valves for drop-by-drop precise control, dynamic pressure and volume flow controls as well as calibrated humidity and temperature sensors. All of these products combine quality and reliability with the highest possible energy efficiency.

Lighting

Demand-driven adjustment of light and shading is a basic component of our cleanroom concepts. By optimizing the control of lights and blinds within your facility, our building automation and control systems enable you to save considerable amounts of energy. This makes our integrated solutions perfectly suitable for achieving energy efficiency class A, which only buildings with the highest level of automation qualify for.

Access control

Our access control solutions centrally record user activities and provide a clear overview of all persons present. They combine information from the access control server, personnel files, plant and maintenance data as well as access history in real time to decide whether a person will be allowed to access a certain area at a certain time.

Room control

With Compliant Control Technology, we offer intelligent building automation that meets the high technical requirements and particularly the strict regulatory requirements of the life science industry. Compliant Control Technology efficiently controls and monitors all parameters in life science buildings that can influence the quality of processes and products ‒ such as room differential pressures, room temperature and humidity. This way, you can ensure optimal room climate at any time. At the same time, Compliant Control Technology helps you increase the energy efficiency of your buildings and reduce operating costs. For a quick and easy overview of critical parameters, our room control systems are equipped with convenient room displays. They automatically highlight warnings and limit value violations through a change in color as well as display critical alarms in plain text.

Back to Laboratory

To protect employees, assets, and business, continuity is a highly important topic. With our fire safety systems, we support you in establishing a comprehensive safety and security solution. Our solutions immediately detect the danger and trigger the fire alarm and emergency response right away – before the fire can spread.

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Fume hood fire detection and extinguishing

Our object protection system provides reliable fire detection and effective extinguishing for the fume hood. It can easily be tailored to individual requirements and is fully integrated into the fire alarm system.

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Fire detection

Highly reliable fire detectors with the new ASAtechnology™ allow early detection of fire variables such as smoke, heat and flames. For laboratories especially suitable is the Sinteso™ multi-sensor fire detector allowing fast, reliable fire detection and additional detection of toxic carbon monoxide concentration.

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Emergency Voice Communication

In case of an event, the intelligent evacuation systems from Siemens ensure clear voice announcements with description of the emergency situation and clear instructions on how to proceed for quick and orderly evacuation of the danger area – and prevent outbreak of panic.

Back to Laboratory

In a laboratory, people work with dangerous or toxic substances. This is why safety of facilities must be designed to protect both users and the environment under all circumstances. Our security solutions combine several sources of information, such as access control, human resource records and historical access trends in order to determine whether individual access can be granted.

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Video surveillance

The video surveillance system monitors sensitive areas and records the processes before and after an event. If the system detects a critical deviation, such as unauthorized persons, it automatically transmits an alarm to the control center and activates the camera in the relevant area.

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Access control

More companies are looking for comprehensive solutions that use biometric features for identification in an easy and effective way. With the integration of an ID Center Biometric Framework, Siemens offers a biometric authentification strategy underlying a qualitative premium, flexible and scalable solution which can also be used for general access control applications.

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Intrusion detection

Modern security systems must satisfy a broad range of security requirements and allow installation in a variety of configurations. By combining intrusion detection systems with other security disciplines such as video surveillance or access control, we help you to increase your security while at the same time saving costs.

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Ventilation

The laboratory ventilation system is able to control any type of volume flow controls or measuring device very precisely and if needed with high speed reaction, ensuring that all the equipment that is connected to the ventilation can be used safely and that the room air changes and room pressure are under safe conditions all the time. All the controlled devices are monitored and failures will be alarmed immediately. System and communication errors will be alarmed additionally.

Back to Laboratory

Laboratories equipped with optimum technology offer numerous energy saving opportunities with building automation and control systems. The more information is available to the system, the better the facilities operate while increasing safety and comfort aspects over the long term.

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Fume hood control

During occupied period using the fume hood controls the exhaust volume flow of the fume hood. This by measuring the opening of the front sash. This open surface allows the controller to reduce or increase the fume hood exhaust volume flow according its actual need. This functionality can have a big influence on the energy consumption of a lab depending on the room configuration. Automatically closing the front sash when not in use provides additional energy savings.

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HVAC control

Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement. The Siemens building automation system manages all these areas efficiently after the actual demand.

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Building automation and control system

The Desigo CC building automation and control system is the basis for the Siemens laboratory solution. It ensures optimum integration of fume hood control, room pressure control, room air exchange and temperature control – for increased safety and reduced costs.

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Variable duct pressure controls

An additional reduction of the energy consumption can be achieved by reducing the pressure in the duct. This leads to very low fan speed during unoccupied periods for instance.

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Demand Controlled Ventilation

In general each control device controls one or two exhaust or supply volume flows in the room. The controllers communicate among each other to exchange actual values and status. The information about the actual need for conditioned air is transferred to the AHU controllers. These controllers are now able to control the AHU as efficient as possible according the actual demand in the rooms.

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Laboratory Air Terminal Unit

Depending on the damper position a VAV-terminal box can be the reason for high pressure losses in a duct system. The laboratory solution from Siemens gets from all the controlled VAV-dampers the information about the actual position of the dampers. This information allows the system to detect VAV-terminal boxes with high pressure losses. The system tries automatically to reduce the pressure loss of the dampers to a minimum.

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Time scheduler

A very effective way to reduce the energy consumption is to operate the air change rates in the laboratory rooms according to their occupancy. The management functionality in the master controller devices offers a powerful time scheduler tool to shift the rooms after its individual occupation from occupied to unoccupied mode.

Back to Laboratory

The Green Lab Solution is a bundled offering of products, solutions and services designed to make laboratory spaces more energy efficient and improve performance. Labs consume a lot of energy (typically 3 to 8 times greater than office buildings) due to ventilation requirements for worker safety and research integrity. Two thirds of energy use in a laboratory is associated with meeting air change requirements and for comfort control.

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Fume hood sash management

A sash management strategy can be procedural as well as technical. A procedural strategy incorporates user education and awareness. The Siemens’ fume hood controller Sash Alert feature reminds users to lower sashes. It is most effective when used in conjunction with a sash management campaign. Monitoring sash height can also be used as a management tool by laboratory managers and facility staff to assure that sashes are closed.

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Lab demand control ventilation

Lab demand control ventilation adjusts the air change rate in response to air quality. Lab air quality is typically determined by measuring the level of VOCs and other contaminants.

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Laboratory performance & sustainability service

Laboratory Performance & Sustainability is a fact based approach for continuously improving facility performance. It is guided by analysis of facility operation data and energy use information.

Back to Green Lab Solution

The Green Lab Solution is a bundled offering of products, solutions and services designed to make laboratory spaces more energy efficient and improve performance. Labs consume a lot of energy (typically 3 to 8 times greater than office buildings) due to ventilation requirements for worker safety and research integrity. Two thirds of energy use in a laboratory is associated with meeting air change requirements and for comfort control.

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CV lab air change rate reduction

Reducing laboratory air change rates is a strategy that adjusts the laboratory air change rate based on current codes and guidelines and minimum fume hood exhaust makeup air requirements.

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Fan system pressure reduction

Supply and exhaust system fan energy consumption is optimized by minimizing the system operating static pressure.

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Reheat energy reduction

Reducing the amount of reheat energy at the room level is most effectively accomplished by reducing the quantity of room supply air through other measures that reduce laboratory air change rates.

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Reduce fume hood minimum air volume

Lowering minimum exhaust requirements conserves energy by also reducing room makeup air requirements. Energy is conserved by reducing the amount of outside air to be heated or cooled. This reduction only occurs when the fume hood exhaust drives laboratory air volume.

Back to Green Lab Solution

The Green Lab Solution is a bundled offering of products, solutions and services designed to make laboratory spaces more energy efficient and improve performance. Labs consume a lot of energy (typically 3 to 8 times greater than office buildings) due to ventilation requirements for worker safety and research integrity. Two thirds of energy use in a laboratory is associated with meeting air change requirements and for comfort control.

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CV to VAV conversion

Converting from constant volume to variable volume is a control strategy that adjusts the laboratory air change rate based on fume hood exhaust. Fume hood exhaust volume is controlled in response to sash position by maintaining a constant face velocity. When the fume hood sash is closed, exhaust volume is reduced. Supply volume is subsequently reduced to maintain room pressurization.

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CV to 2 state conversion

Two state conversion is a control strategy that adjusts the laboratory air change rate based occupancy. Energy is conserved by reducing the amount of outside air to be heated or cooled when the laboratory is unoccupied.

Answering our customers’ challenges

All around the world, we have delivered ideal solutions for customers in the life science industries with building technology systems tailored to their specific demands. Explore some of our projects below.

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