Benefit-Cost Analysis of Reduced Ventilation in Lab Bldg

Year: 2012

Grant amount: $50,000

Air quality is not only important for our health, but it impacts our environment as well. Facilities Maintenance partnered with six labs in Welch to utilize air quality sensors. Via these sensors, labs are able to regulate how much and how often the vents need to be open. The sensors automatically adjust ventilation rates for optimal safety and energy efficiency. Ventilation needs are lower when the air is clean, and higher when the air contains particulate matter, regardless if people are working in there or not.

With the addition of air quality sensors to six labs, Welch saved over $14,000 dollars in one year, with an ROI of 3.05 years.

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