Sustainable Design and Optimized Energy Performance in the Laboratory Environment: The Class of ’78 Life Sciences Center at Dartmouth

David Madigan PE, LEED AP, Vice President and Principal, van Zelm Engineers

Friday, January 13, 2012, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Laboratory buildings by nature are among the highest energy consumers of any building type. This is due primarily to the high equipment loads and ventilation requirements of the laboratory programs. It is assumed by many that high energy use in labs is something that can’t be avoided, when in fact the opportunities for energy savings in the lab environment are far greater than for more typical building types. The presentation will review drivers for energy use in labs and outline a process to reduce energy use without adding undue capital cost to a project. Using the new Class of ’78 Life Sciences Center at Dartmouth as an example, various cutting edge strategies for reducing energy use will be examined. The Class of ’78 Life Sciences Center is on track to achieve a LEED Platinum certification and is one of the most efficient laboratory buildings ever constructed.

About the Speaker

David Madigan is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Masters in Building Energy Systems from the University of Colorado. Over the past 25 years, his engineering work has been focused heavily on energy conservation and sustainable design principles. Among his areas of specialty are college and university campus development, high performance laboratory facility design, and cogeneration systems. Dave led the mechanical and electrical design effort for the recently completed Class of ’78 Life Sciences Center and is Principal in Charge of the Gilman and Dana Hall replacement project at Dartmouth College. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable topics to industry groups such as ERAPPA, APPA, NESEA, Lab Wize, and Labs 21.