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5:30—6:15 Tech Session
7:00—8:00 Main Presentation
Main Session: Building a Net Zero Lab in the United Arab Emirates: Mission Impossible?
Laboratories with their intense use of outside air and safety concerns are one of the most
challenging building types to achieve net zero. In fact, some might say it can’t be done at least for
many climates. However, a path does exist to achieve net zero energy or at least near net zero
using multiple technologies such as VAV lab and exhaust fan control, demand based control of
ACH’s, chilled beams or hydronic cooling, and heat recovery. This seminar will explore this topic
from a holistic viewpoint and provide a detailed review of an actual case study of a large near net
zero lab project in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Presenter: Gordon Sharp Mr. Sharp is the chairman of Aircuity, Inc. and has over 25 years of wide-ranging
entrepreneurial experience and more than 25 U.S. patents in the fields of
energy efficiency and laboratory controls. As founder, former president
and CEO of Phoenix Controls, he led the development of this world leader
in laboratory airflow controls that was acquired by Honeywell in 1998.
The technologies invented by Mr. Sharp at Phoenix Controls are today
saving over $1.5 billion annually in energy use. In 2000, Mr. Sharp
founded Aircuity, which was spun out of Honeywell and is a smart airside
energy efficiency company.
Mr. Sharp is a graduate of MIT with bachelors and masters degrees in
electrical engineering. He is Executive Vice President and a member of
the board of directors of I2SL (International Institute for Sustainable
Laboratories), the nonprofit foundation that operates the Labs21
conference. He is also a member of two important standards on
ventilation: the ANSI/AIHA Standard Z9.5 Committee on Laboratory
Ventilation and the ASHRAE SSPC 170 Committee on Ventilation of
Health Care Facilities. He is also a voting member of ASHRAE technical committee TC9.10:
Laboratory Systems and TC9.11: Clean Spaces/Cleanrooms.
Mr. Sharp is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of energy
efficiency in buildings and indoor environmental quality and has testified before the US Congress
on the topics of climate change and energy efficiency.
Tech Session: Eric Edman will present on the history of ASHRAE. (no PDH)