Welcome to the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference and Technology Fair!

We may not be meeting in person this year, but we’re still connected in our commitment to sustainability by bringing timely topics, technical sessions, and technology exhibits right to your laptop or PC.



Why Attend?

I2SL is the leading international conference focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in laboratories and related facilities. This year, more than 80 presentations from industry experts will cover topics such as smart labs, core facilities, fume hoods lab ventilation, commissioning, resiliency, planning, and other pressing COVID-19 concerns for labs.

Who’s Coming?

The conference will bring together lab users, owners, facility managers, engineers, and designers from around the world to discuss the latest practices and technologies that are advancing sustainability in laboratories. Attendees will enjoy a variety of networking opportunities, including a virtual lounge where you can connect with your peers and I2SL working group meetings following the conference.

Go Shopping!

Visit vendors in a 3D-modeled Exhibit Hall and live-chat with a qualified sales professional during several exclusive exhibit hours or anytime during the two-day conference. A virtual briefcase allows you to collect collateral materials, spec sheets, and videos—just as if we were meeting in person! And one lucky attendee who visits all the virtual booths will win a pass to next year’s conference.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about how the virtual conference will work, check out the virtual conference FAQs below, or see a more detail list frequently asked conference questions on the I2SL website. And if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, email I2SL. We can’t wait to see everyone at this year’s virtual conference!


Monday, October 5, 2020


Pre-Conference Online Trainings

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Conference Day 1

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

Exhibit Hours

Note: The virtual Exhibit Hall will be open all day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT, with dedicated exhibit hours as indicated below.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Opening Plenary

Reoccupying Labs After COVID-19

Moderator: Christopher Incarvito

Experts reflect on the resiliency of laboratories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from their own experiences, and discuss ways in which deferred maintenance in research buildings can be addressed to prepare against future global events.

Sponsored by Triatek by Johnson Controls, Inc.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Session A1: Resilience

Session sponsored by Grumman/Butkus Associates

Developing the Laboratory Resilience Design Guide

Jacob Werner, Perkins & Will

Lisa Churchill, Climate Advisory, LLC

George Karidis, SmithGroup

Electrification and Decarbonization of Research Facilities

John McDonald, SmithGroup

Katrina Kelly-Pitou, SmithGroup

Cambridge Sustainable Labs–A Local Partnership Delivering Sustainable Solutions to the Cambridge Lab Community

Steven Miller, Eversource

Jennifer Ballew

Session A2: Commissioning

What a Difference FDD Makes (at Stanford)

Alison Farmer, kW Engineering

Leslie Kramer, Stanford University

Let's Bend the Curve: New Strategies to Maximize Ongoing Building Performance

Michele Sagehorn, Red Car Analytics

Leveraging AFDD and MBCx During Laboratory Start-up to Maximize Energy Savings and Ensure Equipment Reliability

Hadas Webb, Cimetrics Inc.

Julianne Rhoads, Cimetrics Inc.

Session A3: Users

Shaping NIH Green Labs Program to Address and Overcome Barriers in Participation

Bani Bhattacharya, National Institutes of Health

Minoo Shakoury-Elizeh, National Institutes of Health

Making the Case for Green Chemistry Education at the University of Colorado Boulder: A Report Available to Use and Adapt for Advocacy on Other Campuses

Natalie Kra, University of Colorado Boulder

A Decade of Green Labs at the University of Colorado Boulder

Barbara Petkus, University of Colorado, Boulder

Session A4: Smart Labs

How Smart Is Your Lab? Using the Smart Labs Toolkit to Achieve High Performance Labs

Rachel Shepherd, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program

Amanda Kirkeby, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Accelerating Smart Labs in Universities and Laboratories: A View From the Field

Jofrey Quintanar, Argonne National Laboratory

Catherine Hurley, Argonne National Laboratories

Shannon Horn, University of Colorado Boulder

Genna Waldvogel, Los Alamos National Laboratory

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Exhibit Hour

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

Session B1: Core Facilities

Reclaiming Valuable Research Laboratory Space: Measuring the Cost of Renewal

Michael Blayney, Northwestern University

Markus Schaufele, Northwestern University

How Co-Localization of Shared Research Equipment Can Impact the Design and Engineering of Both New and Renovated Laboratory Buildings

Sean Convery, PE, Cator, Ruma & Associates

Alicia Pandimos Maurer, AIA, LEED-AP BD&C, CannonDesign

A Collaborative Approach to Lab Design

Greg Engel, University of Chicago

Session B2: Commissioning

Achieving a -15% MwH Energy Reduction Through Sustainable Practices (2017-2020)

Steven Driver Ph.D., Sanofi Biologics Divisions

Lessons Learned From New and Retrofit Data Driven Commissioning Projects Part 1: Engineer of Record and Owners

Maximilian Christman, California Institute of Technology

Chris Hughes, Taylor Engineering

Lessons Learned From New and Retrofit Data Driven Commissioning Projects Part 2: CxA and Owners

Seth Fink, California Institute of Technology

Peter Do, P.E., Altura Associates, Inc.

Session B3: Campus/Community

It's Electric! Learn the Moves for Decarbonizing the Thermal Energy and Process Equipment in Labs

Paul Erickson, Affiliated Engineers, Inc (AEI)

A First of Its Kind Incubator Ecosystem in Chicago's Fulton Market Neighborhood: A Case Study

Mark Paskanik, CRB John Flavin, Portal Innovations, LLC.

The Next Decade of Green Labs at the University of Colorado Boulder

Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, University of Colorado-Boulder

Session B4: Smart Labs

Back for More: Smart Labs Pechakucha 2.0 Panel

Deirdre Carter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Robin Jones, Sandia National Laboratory

Christina Perez, Argonne National Laboratory

Rachel Shepherd, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy

Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Genna Waldvogel, Los Alamos National Laboratory

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EDT

Session C1: Core Facilities

Session sponsored by PHC Corporation of North America

Core Facilities: Designing Sustainable Research Laboratories

Joe Austin, University of Chicago

Chad Goeser, Northwestern University

Philip Hockberger, PhD, Northwestern University

George Langan PhD, University of Chicago

Adana Johns, Perkins & Will

Lab Building Renovations as an Alternative to New Construction: Pros and Cons

Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder

Alicia Pandimos Maurer, AIA, LEED-AP BD&C, CannonDesign

Wayne Northcutt, University of Colorado Boulder

Shannon Horn, University of Colorado Boulder

Session C3: Funding Considerations

Lean Is Green: Accomplishing More While Building Less

Shawn Diederich, The Clark Enersen Partners

Kate Hier, The Clark Enersen Partners

Funding Laboratory Sustainability With PACE Financing

Michele Pitale, CounterpointeSRE Hannon Armstrong SRE

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Hyper-Flexible Laboratory

Dirk von Below, Flad Architects

Session C4: Smart Labs

Session sponsored by Aircuity, Inc.

Stump the Chumps: Can Labs Be Both Safe and Efficient?

Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine

James Connelly, My Green Lab

Catherine Hurley, Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas C. Smith, 3Flow

Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Next Steps for Advancing Smart Labs Working Session at I2SL

Catherine Hurley, Argonne National Laboratory

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Conference Day 2

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

Exhibit Hour

Note: The virtual Exhibit Hall will be open all day, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT, with dedicated exhibit hours as indicated below.

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

Session D1: Design

Moving From Interdisciplinary Science to Interdisciplinary Learning

Punit Jain, CannonDesign

Energy Hog to Sustainable Hub: Technological, Programmatic, and Spatial Innovations That Moved the Needle

Marvin Kemp, Design Collective Architects

Casey Ross, Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates

The TNPRC Regional Biosafety Laboratory: A Vital National Resource

E. Scott Kreitlein, BDHP

Session D2: Control Strategies

Using Key Performance Indicators to Monitor Critical HVAC Operations

Ian Bonadeo, Hawkeye Energy Solutions

The Results Are In: Comparing Modeled HVAC Energy Recovery Performance To Actual Energy Recovery Performance In Lab Buildings

Heidi Dugan, Konvekta USA, Inc.

How to Implement a Successful Laboratory Energy Reduction Program: It Starts with Buy-in

Nate Fanning, Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Melissa Scully, Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Session D3: Ventilation

Can ACH Specifications Safeguard Smaller Labs? A CFD Approach

Kishor Khankari, AnSight LLC

Changing Gears and Leading the Path in Laboratory and Vivarium Air Flow Controls for the Campus

Mark Labac, Edge Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Jay Campbell, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Minimizing Energy Consumption in Labs While Enhancing Safety, Health, and Working Environment

Denis Maiorani, C7-GLOBAL

Hansjuerg Luedi, H. Luedi + Co. AG

Session D4: Planning

From Art to Science: Transforming a Museum Into an All-Electric Coworking Lab

Marco Alves, PAE

Kevin Koblik, MBH Architects

Combining Efficiency With Occupant Comfort at The University of British Columbia's New Undergraduate Biosciences Complex

Dennis Giobbe, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Kevin Shea, AME Group

Green Pre-Planning for Lasting Results

David Miller, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, BSA LifeStructures

Noble Lilliestierna, BSA LifeStructures

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Exhibit Hour
2020 Freezer Challenge Awards

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

Session E1: Construction

Session sponsored by JE Dunn

Leveraging Technology to Streamline More Efficient Project Deliveries

Lynne Cooper, Facility Logix

Tim Howland, Facility Logix

Breathing New Life Into Antiquated Buildings: A Sustainable Approach to Lab Transformation

Margo Pietras Barnes, University of Pennsylvania

Karen Brooks, Ballinger

Considering Modular facility - for Research Lab: A Case Study of Modular cGMP Facilities at NIH

Prashant Gongal, Perkins+Will

Session E2: Metrics/Modeling

Target 2030: Establishing Utility-Performance Targets for Carbon Reduction at the University of Toronto

Joel Good, RWDI

Lab Design Optimization Using LCA and Energy Modeling

Mitra Sajjadi, Jacobs Engineering Group Co.

Jane Kepros, Jacobs Engineering Group Co.

Update to I2SL Laboratory Modeling Guideline Using ASHRAE 90.1-2019

Michael Walsh, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP

Session E3: Ventilation/Hazard Management

Fire Safety in the Laboratory

Pete Caudle, Asecos Inc.

Laboratory Fume Hood Exhaust Analysis

Sunil Lakshmipathy, Jensen Hughes

Steve McCawley, Jensen Hughes

A Strategy for Proactively Managing Hazardous Lab Materials

Isabel Mandujano, CRB

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT

Exhibit Hour

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session F1: Unique Conditions

Tight Humidification Tolerances in Critical Environments

Sean Convery, PE, Cator, Ruma & Associates

Ryan Lee, Cator, Ruma & Associates

Measuring Pedestrian-Induced Vibrations to Assess the Suitability of an Existing Laboratory for Vibration-Sensitive Equipment

Julia Graham, RWDI

Design and Construction of Quantum Computational Laboratories

Brian Sanders, Bulley & Andrews, LLC

Michael Semenzin, MRSA Architects & Planners

Session F3: Fume Hoods

Update on Standards and Practices for Lab Ventilation

Jim Coogan, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

California Mandatory Regulation for Fume Hood Sash Closers and Exhaust Contaminant Measurement

Victor Neuman, Laboratory Exhaust Certification

Chemistry Teaching and Research Lab Swing Spaces Made Easy and Efficient

Anthony Petone, BR+A Consulting Engineers

Kenneth Crooks, Erlab, Inc.

Session F4: Planning

A Toolkit for Making the Research Enterprise More Sustainable and More Equitable

Christina Greever, My Green Lab

Star Scott, University of Georgia

Overcoming Barriers and Inefficiencies in Waste Management and Diversion in Laboratory Design

Noble Lilliestierna, PE, LEED BD+C, BSA LifeStructures

Monique Kowalik, LEED Green Associate, BSA LifeStructures

Advancing Innovation and Sustainability: University of Arizona's Bioscience Research Laboratories

Vicki Worden, Green Building Initiative

David Eldridge Jr., P.E., BEMP, BEAP, HBDP, GGA, Grumman/Butkus Associates

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EDT

Session G1: Graphics/Tools

Session sponsored by Bulley & Andrews

The Value of Visualization and Virtual Reality in Laboratory Design

Matthew Edmonds, Page

Mike Reilly, Page

Natural Ventilation Energy Savings Through Wind Engineering

Ryan Parker, CPP Wind Engineering

Laser Labs: Resolving Competing Needs of Measurement Uncertainty Minimization and Sustainability.

David Sereno, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Matthew Garrett, Flad Architects

Session G4: Well Buildings

Healthy Lab Buildings

Dan Diehl, Aircuity, Inc.

Healthy Labs: Opportunities for the WELL Standard in Research Environments

Julia Janaro, Clark Nexsen

Don Kranbuehl, Clark Nexsen

Sustained Inspiration: A Case Study on Incubator Space for Transformative Gene Therapy Cures

Scott McNallan, CRB

Kevin Ruddy, Amicus Therapeutics


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Frequently Asked Questions

The virtual event will be streamed October 6-7.
Sessions will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, North America.)
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
We recommend Chrome or Firefox.
All sessions will have an interactive component via a chat, Q&A with the speaker, or ability to contact the speaker or other attendees.
Speakers will need strong high-speed internet capable of live streaming, and your computer must have a working camera and microphone for presenting.
All sessions will be available on-demand in the I2SL Virtual Event area free of charge for paid attendees.
Virtual sessions will be recorded, archived, and made available after the meeting for paid attendees. If your connection does not allow you to participate live, we encourage you to access recorded sessions once they are made available.
Yes, there will be a virtual exhibit hall. There will also be dedicated unopposed times that exhibitors will be available to answer your questions and chat with you.
Please click on the Login button in the upper right corner of this website. You will need the email address you used to register for the conference, or the email address associated with your I2SL membership. Once you input your email, you will receive an email verification link that will give you access to the virtual conference.
No, your access link is unique to you and can only be accessed using your email address.
Please click on the text that says “Auditorium.” This will lead you to the different sessions available.
Continuing education accreditation will be available for the virtual event. Please stayed tuned for more information about how to report session attendance.
We ask that you do not share recordings with people who did not register in advance for the virtual conference.