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.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

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.

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Los Alamos National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
University of Colorado
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire

Location

California

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Colorado

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
University of Colorado

Illinois

University of Illinois Chicago

Minnesota

University of Minnesota

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Pennsylvania

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

Washington

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory