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Laboratories Best Practices: Commissioning Ventilated Containment Systems

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This one hour online course discusses commission ventilated containment systems in laboratories focusing on the specialized approaches require for ventilated containment systems.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for mechanical engineers and other engineers involved with commissioning of laboratory facilities.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to better understand commission process involved with laboratory ventilated containment systems.

Course Introduction

As the art of commissioning continues to evolve, changes will result from technological advances, particularly in the are of ventilated enclosure testing. This course source document covers the current state of this industry and outlines many of the details needed to perform this process.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on Laboratories For The 21st Century:  Best Practice Guide – Commissioning Ventilated Containment Systems In The Laboratory, DOE/GO-102008-2653, August 2008:

Laboratories Best Practices: Commissioning Ventilated Containment Systems

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Course Summary

The contemporary laboratory may be a simple installation of one ventilated enclosure or a it may contain multiples of the entire range of containment devices. Several key parties can be identified that should be part of a commissioning team. A commissioning plan that begins in the earliest stages of a project leads to an orderly and effective succession of events.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.