The Pearson Laboratory at the University of Alberta’s Headhouse is a very specialized ultra-clean lab that carries out leading edge research for mineral exploration in Canada’s Arctic. The design team was tasked with converting an existing office building into a new research laboratory with state of the art mechanical environmental systems. Because this was a fast track project with a very aggressive construction schedule, the design team was able to bring laboratory expertise to bear on a unique set of design challenges and meet the owner’s very particular environmental requirements while designing a unique and effective energy recovery system that will reset the standard for energy saving systems in laboratory HVAC design.
The heat recovery system KFR Engineering designed for this laboratory recovers heat from acid-laden exhaust air using carbon absorption. In addition to the heat recovery systems, KFR installed ULPA filters, which provide an ultra-clean air supply to protect vitally sensitive lab processes.