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Book Reviews

What people are saying about the book

Anyone who uses a fume hood, designs space or systems for fume hoods, or manages lab safety, consider Chip Albright’s book a must-read. Chip takes a highly technical subject and makes it easy to read and understand, plus illustrates clearly how fume hoods work and how they support lab safety.  I especially enjoyed Chip’s prognostication of lab cobots, their time has come!

By Leslie Ashor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal-Director of Laboratory Design at Woods Bagot

This book is an excellent read for a novice to a professional. It gives you a great history of fume hoods, to a fume hoods 101 lesson, to the future of fume hoods. He explains that how the latest technology, when applied to a fume hood , the possibilities are amazing. Chip gives a us a fresh look at fumes hoods and their relationship to laboratory spaces, including the misconceptions, the safety dangers, the design protocol, and the testing challenges facing users, manufacturers, and lab designers. Chip has such a rich history of experience in fume hood design and now he is sharing that with us. Great job Chip.

By David Campbell, HEMCO Corporation

A must-read book if you want to know A to Z of fume hoods. This book has comprehensively covered history, present and future of fume hoods. Throughout the book, Chip’s knowledge and experience of designing and testing fume hoods are evident. Further, he has provided many unique insights too. It’s heartening to see that somebody has taken great efforts to chronicle and comment on most pain points and discussed the solutions at once. Thank you, Chip, for the excellent job!

By Salil Sansare, Lab Ventilation Expert and Managing Director of Science by design Labsystems – Constructing safe, energy-efficient & inspiring lab spaces for world-class research

Chip Albright has demystified the purpose and workings of laboratory fume hoods and the ventilation systems required to support their intended use. His book is both technical and informative as well as a delight to read. Be it a novice or a seasoned professional, this book will resonate on all levels. I especially like how Chip makes the connection between fume hood design and selection, laboratory ventilation systems, and user education. These three legs of the lab safety stool are of utmost importance in operating a successful and safe lab. Often times there is not a holistic discussion of how fume hoods work or how they should operate. Chip thoroughly explains these relationships for the benefit of the reader and hopefully prudent and safe lab operator.

By Jeff Talka, Director of Science and Technology SGA Architecture

I just finished your book, Laboratory Fume Hoods Explained. It’s a great primer on laboratory fume hoods and provides current insights into laboratory design.

As the ASHRAE Learning Institute’s instructor for “Laboratory Design: The Basics and Beyond” I recommend this book to anyone involved in laboratory design. It has informed me with new material for the class.

By John Varley, P.E., FASHRAE, HBDP, LEED AP BD+C, Mechanical Discipline Manager AAA Engineering, Ltd.

Just published in 2020 is the book, “Laboratory Hoods Explained: Working Safely with Fume Hoods” by Chip Albright. It is the first complete review of the subject since 1993. The author, Chip Albright, is an expert in fume hoods with 40 years of experience but his explanations are clear and complete. He has written so everyone can understand the basics of lab ventilation AND fume hoods. There is a wealth of diagrams and photographs for further clarification of ideas.

However, there is so much information on many related subjects that you will need to read the book over and over again as each new detail is understood. In addition to theory, many real-world examples are given. In addition to good practice, many bad practices are exposed. This book is recommended for facility managers, lab users, safety people, architects, ventilation engineers, and control engineers.

By Victor Neuman, PE, Coauthor ANSI/AIHA Z9.5, “Laboratory Ventilation”

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