We had the same issue when our LEED-certified building first opened. We worked with the company that programmed the occupancy sensors to modify the sensitivity of the program. It took a couple of hours over the phone, but we were able to reach a sensitivity level that still met LEED standards, but gave the researchers more flexibility.
Autumn Timpano, MPH
Lab Facilities Manager
ICTAS, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street
425 Kelly Hall (0193)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Has anyone had issues with occupancy sensors in laboratories? We have a new research building on campus and one of the steps taken to achieve LEED certification was to install occupancy sensors in all the laboratories. We are now having issues with the lights going off when the laboratory is occupied. This is a concern for me, particularly when we have employees working in biosafety cabinets and fume hoods and the lights go out. Laboratory work typically does not involve large amounts of movement and we teach our researchers not to make quick or exaggerated movements when working in our biosafety cabinets and fume hoods, so these sensors are having difficulty detecting movement and are shutting the lights off. I am hoping some of you have experienced the same problem and can provide recommendations on how to resolve the issue.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
K. Lee Stone M.S., MT (ASCP), NRCC-CHO
Laboratory Safety Manager
Chemical Hygiene Officer
President- IUPUI Staff Council
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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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