Better Buildings Partners Collaborate on Laboratory Benchmarking Tool

A typical laboratory is 3-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building, making laboratories a priority for energy and cost savings.  The Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator partners with labs across the U.S. to find new ways to make labs more energy efficient, save money, and share best practices.

As part of this effort, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), an accelerator partner, worked with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), a Better Buildings Affiliate, and energy consulting firm kW Engineering to improve and expand the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT), which helps laboratories identify energy savings opportunities.

In line with the Better Buildings mission of working together to share and replicate gains in energy efficiency, the LBT allows users to compare the energy use of labs across the U.S. while also providing data visuals and practical insights tailored to each facility.

The LBT platform helps users identify their peer group by applying a series of filters to produce customizable charts summarizing peer group energy data. Using this information, the new Actionable Insights Module, sponsored by Siemens, generates resources and recommendations for energy efficiency projects, ranging from occupant engagement programs to the implementation of setbacks during unoccupied hours.

Additionally, if users are already benchmarking data with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, LBT provides a Portfolio Manager plug-in, allowing for easy data transfer. With a Setup Instructions Page and a curated Portfolio Manager FAQ list, this tool provides solutions for overcoming data benchmarking barriers.

Learn more about the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool here. For more information on the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator program, visit them on the Better Buildings Solution Center.

Make sure to look for Better Buildings partners at the I2SL Conference October 20-23, 2019!