Is Your Lab Ready for Gen Z?

Tuesday, April 30, 4:05 - 4:55 PM

Speaker(s): Paul Fuson, MBA

Room #: Regency Ballroom Q

As more than 61 million Gen Zers will make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce by 2021, the pressure is on for labs to transform their outdated spaces into the future labs of tomorrow. Unfortunately, many of today’s labs continue to rely on outdated practices. While designed to optimize personnel safety, they don’t provide the right amount of lab performance visibility and contribute to an over-consumption of energy. 

Digitally efficient work spaces, collaborative cultures, productive environments, spaces designed to drive fun competition—these characteristics are just a few of the aspects that Gen Zers (born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s) will demand from their lab environments in the near future. 

Attendees to this session will learn how IoT-based methodologies can intelligently combine the control and management of heating, cooling, ventilation, containment, lighting, and daylighting into a single platform to provide greater occupant comfort, workspace flexibility, and lab safety and performance. Monitoring and assessing data analytics for labs provides visibility into performance, thereby optimizing operations, reducing downtime, and contributing to safety and compliance efforts and a reduction in energy consumption. 

Key Takeaways:
•    Identify the variety of ways that current and future scientists’ and lab workers’ activities and policies influence energy consumption in a facility.
•    Recognize different aspects of room infrastructure, HVAC, lighting, and daylighting and review the latest technologies for their control and management.
•    Learn to engage all categories of lab building users (operators, energy managers, EHS officers, lab managers and scientists) in efficient, effective operation of the facility.
•    Walk through examples of using new technologies, and new ways of using old technologies, to improve interaction of lab occupants and building systems to deliver safe and efficient buildings. 
•    Learn how analytic services for labs can provide a systematic, preventive maintenance approach for lab ventilation and sash management.
•    Understand how to use data specifically to identify the critical fume hoods and lab spaces that require continuous monitoring.
•    How lab managers can gain lab transparency, visibility and guidance for lab optimization strategies, equipment maintenance, and services to improve lab performance.

Note: The AIA has approved this course for HSW credit.

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