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Biotech/Lab HVAC Information

I am looking for information about HVAC systems that serve Biotech, Lab, Medical Facilities etc. I have been in the industry for 15 years as a service technician and am looking for books or websites to get the correct answer for my HVAC questions, I am not that comfortable with the s.w.a.g method on these buildings. Any response would be nice. Thanks


  • Boston Boiler
    Boston Boiler Member Posts: 70

    I was recently in a Biotech facility. I saw some things set up as counter flow, coil in a tube and some chiller towers, etc.. I didn't see any application that would define it as
    "Biotech only". Everthing I saw was standard HVAC used for whatever suited their needs. I didn't see anything you couldn't find in non biotech literature.
    I'm only telling you what I saw in this one paticular place.
    I'm not telling you that is the only way because I don't know. I'm taking your post as you have been a tech for 15 years and are looking for info on biotech systems because you think they are different.

  • jerry scharf_2
    jerry scharf_2 Member Posts: 414
    a couple of things come to mind

    Are we talking about research or production? For research, it shouldn't be very different that other chemical, biological or medical setups. You will need to be able to maintain areas in either positive or negative pressure, depending on the risks involved. You also need to be really careful about having enough make up air in the cases where there is continuous exhaut. IMO, the pressures per zone should be designed to be able to changed as research changes.

    Extreme care is needed in the installation are design for servicablilty on the exhaust systems. I remember the person who dropped a dime on the main Cornell chemistry building. It turns out over 1/4 of the hoods were not operating correctly and another 1/4 has cross contamination to air supplies. Lots of things to learn at a University.

    I've never worked around biotech manufacturing, and that could well be more specific. Certainly in chemical manufacturing it's very specific to the process and production facilities.

    I'm not sure this is what you were after.

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