Ventilating Life Science Labs Yields Energy Dividend
New data from Aircuity suggests life sciences clients of its smart building platform are achieving record energy savings and environmental quality metrics in critical laboratory spaces.
According to the company’s analysis, more than 50 life sciences organizations operating the Aircuity platform are now saving 158,353,872 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, whilst also saving over a billion (1B) in MBTUs.
BIO recently published a report finding that green initiatives which are being implemented by the biotech sector can mitigate the equivalent of 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year by 2030 – or around half of annual CO2 emissions in the United States. Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices might also add as much as much US $20 billion annually to the U.S. economy, according to estimates from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Dan Diehl, Aircuity CEO, says: “The global life sciences industry has grown rapidly over the past decade, with its dramatic upward trajectory only strengthened by the COVID-19 and the critically important drive to Net Zero.
“Life science companies now realize that labs are typically the most carbon intensive areas in their portfolios and are focusing on leveraging proven concepts for a future of Net Zero Labs.”
HVAC systems typically account for 30 per cent of total energy use in commercial buildings; whereas, in laboratories like the ones operated by most life sciences companies, this rate increases to between 60 and 70 per cent.
As many cutting-edge life sciences companies are now further focusing on decarbonizing and deep energy efficiency as part of a larger commitment to corporate ESG, improving lab efficiency often represents the biggest opportunity to reach aggressive but critical environmental targets.