Aircuity Sensor Suites at Takeda

Energy Reduction with Aircuity Demand Control Ventilation at Pharmaceutical Research Facility

Project Feature: Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Takeda Pharmaceuticals is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader with a large U.S. presence. Massachusetts serves as the U.S. hub for several global business operations, including the U.S. Commercial Business Unit, Global R&D, Global Oncology, Global Vaccines, Biologics Manufacturing and Cell Therapy Manufacturing. The majority of these operations are dependent on laboratories and/or vivarium, which are notorious energy hogs. It is no wonder that Takeda has undertook a massive energy reduction project on its Cambridge, MA campus.

Flow Tech is proud to work with Takeda on this ongoing retrofit project to reduce energy consumption and save money on energy costs. Together with Thrive and Aircuity, Flow Tech was able to work alongside Takeda’s BMS contractors, Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), Sustainability and Engineering departments to produce and implement a new sequence of operations for lab ventilation based off Aircuity’s demand control ventilation solution.

Takeda has already seen significant energy savings at 40 Landsdowne Street, the first of 5 laboratory buildings to be retrofitted. Forty Landsdowne includes 30 lab spaces in which Aircuity’s unique centralized sensing architecture has been implemented for monitoring Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs), small particles, CO2 and dew point. Aircuity demand control ventilation applies a differential sensing approach into lab areas with low fume hood density and vivarium by referencing the lab air to the supply air, and based on contaminant levels, has allowed for lower air change rates per hour (ACH).

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ACH Rate Reduction Graph

Using this data, EH&S is considering reducing large open labs’ air change rates from 20 (baseline) to 4 ACH when occupied and only 2 ACH when unoccupied!

Additional Benefits

  1. Effectively reduced CFM usage by almost 50%! See graph 1.
  2. Providing reliable and actionable data to the owner. See graph 2.
CFM reduction graph
Graph 1: CFM Usage Graph
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Graph 2: IEQ Events

About Aircuity Demand Control Ventilation

As the leading demand control ventilation (DCV) platform, Aircuity addresses both energy use and the indoor environment by optimizing ventilation with its patented technology. Customers achieve high priority outcomes that reduce operating costs and impact cognitive function, employee productivity and occupant safety.

Aircuity’s platform delivers deep energy savings and better indoor environmental quality while reducing operating expenses and deferred maintenance. Utility savings can be reinvested in research, helping to further the core mission.

  • Operational Improvement – delivering energy savings of 40% – 60% for lab and vivarium applications.
  • Data analytics – access analytics on system performance, energy and workflow improvement.
  • Improve cognitive function and employee wellness – optimal ventilation has a positive effect on employee wellness.

To learn more about how Flow Tech can help reduce energy costs in your research facility, or to learn about Aircuity’s demand control ventilation, contact us today. To discuss the Takeda project specifically, please contact Tom Halgas. Stay up-to-date on all of Flow Tech’s news by following us on social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

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