Does Your Lab Building Measure Up? A New Pilot Labs2Zero Energy Score and Other Efforts to Decarbonize Labs.
Gordon Sharp, President, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
2023 has already gone into the record books as the hottest year in modern history with devastating affects globally including the unprecedented Canadian wildfires. I2SL announced its Labs2Zero Program a year ago to accelerate the decarbonization of the world’s laboratories to fight climate change. One year later, with 30 founding sponsors and the involvement of about 100 Aircuity Advisor volunteers, including support from SLCan and members of the Canadian Lab community, the program has begun to introduce new tools and capabilities to help decarbonize labs with more on the way in 2024.
Gordon Sharp is the President of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), a non-profit organization dedicated to decarbonizing and making laboratories more sustainable across the world. Gordon is also the inventor of many important, widely applied technologies that have had a significant impact on lab sustainability and energy efficiency such as sash sensing VAV fume hood and laboratory airflow controls, the electronic venturi airflow valve, and demand based control of lab ventilation. He is also the founder of two major companies in the lab sustainability field: Phoenix Controls, a well-respected laboratory airflow controls company, and Aircuity, a leader in healthy and energy-efficient ventilation for laboratory and commercial buildings. The many technologies invented by Gordon at Phoenix Controls and Aircuity are today saving well over $2.5 billion annually in energy use and cutting over 7.5 million metric tons annually in carbon emissions from thousands of commercial and laboratory facilities around the world.
Gordon has over 35 years of experience and over 35 patents covering energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, laboratory controls, and even airflow-based kinetic artwork. Along with his efforts to decarbonize lab buildings, Gordon also founded and is the President of Airflow Kinetics, which creates large, airflow-based kinetic sculptures that are mesmerizing, educational, and designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of airflow and building ventilation.
Gordon is an MIT graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He has been an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, and has served as a voting member of the ASHRAE Standard 170 on Healthcare Ventilation, the ANSI Standard Z9.5 on Laboratory Ventilation, the ASHRAE TC9.10 committee on Laboratories and the TC9.11 committee on Clean Spaces. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress on the topics of climate change and energy efficiency.