LEED Certification & Support Documents

Kewaunee’s commitment to the environment includes the support of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The LEED program is a certification system designed to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, are cost effective and also healthy places for people to live and work.

Kewaunee’s products contributions towards the LEED program include:

Energy and atmosphere

The low volume and ultra low volume fume hoods facilitate energy savings by exhausting less conditioned air from the building. The air flow monitoring alarms and ASHRAE testing expertise can help contribute to additional credits.

Materials and resources

The recycled content of our products, as well as our sources for raw materials may contribute towards recycled content. Because our modular and flexible products are reusable, they may contribute toward building reuse and resource reuse. Our Earth Linewood cabinetry is FSC certified, contributing to MR Credit 7. Depending on the location of your project, we may contribute toward Regional Materials MR Credit 5.

Indoor environment quality

Kewaunee’s products and finishes are low-emitting and may contribute towards low-emitting materials.

Innovation and design process

Our experienced and creative designers can work with you to customize innovative solutions for your laboratory of the 21st century.

Fumehood selection

High performance / Low volume fumehoods can be used and will allow for a reduced HVAC system. The higher the number of hoods, the more potential for cost savings through reduced air volume.

VAV exhaust system

As many fume cupboard ventilation systems are full fresh air type, a high amount of energy is wasted when the fume cupboards are not in use. Converting to VAV can reduce volumes by up to a substantial 85%, reducing both energy costs and carbon emissions.

Auto sash controllers

The auto sash controller is designed to close the sash automatically when the operator is not present in front of the fume cupboard. A Passive Infra Red (PIR) sensor constantly monitors the work area in front of the fume cupboard. When the operator is present, the sash can be operated manually via the optional Tiptronic touch sensitive feature or using an optional foot switch. If no movement is detected and the sash opening is clear, the sash will automatically close after a pre-determined time.

Advanced Energy Metering

Laboratory buildings require a high level of monitoring than provided by most building control systems for fume hood controls, lighting sensors, humidity and temperature controls and room air pressurization.


The customers should ensure the use of fixtures with sensors that optimize energy use. Further, use of window glazing, natural light and solar energy if possible, makes the system efficient.