Smart Labs

Smart Labs

A typical laboratory is 3-to-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70% of a given campus’ energy footprint, making laboratories a key focal area for energy and carbon management strategies at universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies.  If all laboratory buildings in the country improved their energy efficiency by 20%, annual energy and cost savings could reach about 40 trillion BTUs and $1 billion. Accelerator partners  will work together to develop standardized approaches to overcoming common barriers to energy efficiency in laboratories. DOE will help partners document model strategies that include operational changes, technological upgrades, and strategic energy management approaches.

Why Efficiency Adds up in Labs

Did you know a typical laboratory is 3-to-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70% of a given campus’ energy footprint?

Join the Smart Labs Accelerator

Commit to reducing energy use in labs by at least 20% over the next 10 years and implement no- or low-cost measures in the shorter-term.

Register for the 2018 Summit

The 2018 Better Buildings Summit will be held with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21-23. Don't miss the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year!

Featured Solutions

3M improved the energy performance of one of its main laboratory buildings at 3M Center—the company’s corporate headquarters and primary research and development site—by converting the lab space ventilation system to variable air volume (VAV).

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Fact Sheet

A typical laboratory is 3-to-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70% of a given campus’ energy footprint, making laboratories a key focal area for energy and carbon management strategies at universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies.

Guidance

Held at the University of California Irvine (UCI) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, this workshop includes updated information about UCI’s Smart Labs Program and focus on topics that are important to workshop participants. Intended for laboratory building owners and their teams (including facility operation staff, energy managers, safety managers, upper management staff, laboratory users and researchers, and engineers), this workshop offers participants the chance to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of UCI’s Smart Labs Program.

Partnership Agreement

Accelerator partners will set a target to improve energy efficiency across their portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20% in ten years or less, and select one laboratory to meet a shorter-term reduction target through a series of low- and no-cost measures and will work together to develop standardized approaches to overcoming common barriers to energy efficiency in laboratories.

Priorities

Partners

A-Z

Argonne National Laboratory
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Emory University
General Services Administration (GSA)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Los Alamos National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
UCI Medical Center
University of Colorado
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Wesleyan University

Location

California

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
UCI Medical Center

Colorado

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
University of Colorado

Connecticut

Wesleyan University

District Of Columbia

General Services Administration (GSA)

Georgia

Emory University

Illinois

Argonne National Laboratory
University of Illinois Chicago

Minnesota

University of Minnesota

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory

North Dakota

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Pennsylvania

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Washington

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory