Design Criteria for Laboratories

HVAC Design Criteria and Guidelines
The primary reference for laboratory design is the ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide, American Society of
Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. Also, Section 3.8, Section 3.9, and Appendix 3A of the Veterans Administration HVAC Design Manual for New, Replacement, Addition, and Renovation of
Existing VA Facilities provides excellent design guidance.
Other standards, regulations, and recommendations that apply include:
Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation, Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology,
National Research Council
Guidelines for Planning and Design of Biomedical Research Laboratory Facilities, The American
Institute of Architects, Center for Advanced Technology Facilities Design
ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide, I.B.D. McIntosh, C.B. Dorgan, C.E. Dorgan (American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA, 2001). An online version of
this text, along with other laboratory design information, has been posted by the authors at
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2, Standard Methods for Laboratory Airflow Measurement
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 110, Method of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods
ANSI/AIHA Standard Z9.5, American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation
ACGIH, Industrial Ventilation - A Manual of Recommended Practice
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910, Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
HVAC Design Guidelines