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Showcase Project
Partner: Allegheny College
Sector: Education

Alleghany College renovated its Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science as part of the College's greater efforts to pursue building efficiency and institutional sustainability across campus. Building upgrades including LED lighting, CO2 monitoring and other improvements are expected to deliver 16% in annual energy savings.

Showcase Project
Sector: Education

As part of a comprehensive energy reduction initiative, the Luna I Mishoe Science Center – South was selected for a spectrum of upgrades expected to reduce energy use in the building by 35% annually, with annual cost savings estimated at $68,000.

Showcase Project
Sector: Education

Kentucky Community and Technical College System's energy efficiency upgrades to its Bluegrass Community and Technical College include the installation of high efficiency chillers, T-8 lights, and fans have helped them reach 49% annual energy savings.

Showcase Project
Partner: University of California, Irvine
Sector: Education

UC Irvine's Smart Labs Initiative has worked to make already energy-efficient buildings even more efficient, and utilizes a process that works on existing labs and new construction. Participating laboratories have seen 51% annual energy savings.

Showcase Project
Partner: University of Utah
Sector: Education

The University of Utah's 52,000-square foot Dumke Health Professions Education Building underwent comprehensive improvements to its HVAC system, with new high efficiency boilers and a DDC system installed. The project realized 41% annual energy savings and $57,000 annual cost savings.

Implementation Model
Partner: University of California, Irvine
Sector: Commercial, Education

UC Irvine's integrated “Smart Lab” program improves lab energy efficiency through an array of control and sensor technologies; labs using this program can achieve energy savings of up to 60%.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: University of California, Irvine
Sector: Commercial

Laboratory facilities are very energy intensive—using about three times more energy than an average office building. Operating a single lab fume hood can result in as much energy use as three typical homes! Explore opportunities for saving energy in labs and learn about actual implementations, including a highly successful campus-wide program.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: University of California, Irvine
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial

Laboratory facilities are very energy intensive—using about three times more energy than an average office building. Operating a single lab fume hood can result in as much energy use as three typical homes! Explore opportunities for saving energy in labs and hear about actual implementations, including a highly successful campus-wide program.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Energi Inc., Gundersen Health Systems
Sector: Commercial

New models are emerging for ensuring that the performance of existing building energy retrofits meet Watts per square feet requirements. Learn the ins and outs of these strategies from colleagues in the energy trenches.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial, Education

This presentation focused on ways to connect sustainability to federally supported research. This has the dual benefit of reducing the environmental footprint of research and maximizing the effective use of federal dollars.

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Education, Utility

The National Laboratory Impact Initiative aims to develop a coordinated strategy of policies and programs to accelerate the commercial impact of its National Labs on the clean energy industry. 

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial, Education

This energy only specification provides a description of required performance characteristics resulting in increased energy savings for ULTs in laboratories.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial, Education

This document describes how to implement a fume hood sash management campaign.

Other: Case Study
Partner: University of California, Davis
Sector: Commercial, Education

Providing supply and exhaust air to laboratory fume hoods is highly energy intensive, yet many researchers forget to shut the sash after use. To address the confusion, a lab manager at the University of California designed a bold vinyl sticker to attach on the exterior sidewall of a fume hood that uses the ubiquitous traffic light color scheme. The low-cost project led to energy savings and safety benefits.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial, Education

This document provides highlights from Better Buildings Alliance members that have optimized minimum ACR to reduce energy use while maintaining or improving safety – especially cases where the ACR has been reduced below 6 ACH1.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial, Education
Other: Guidance
Partner: Cornell University
Sector: Commercial, Education
Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This guide describes procedures to operate ULT freezers efficiently and to improve sample access.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial

This report summarizes the results of a DOE Better Buildings Alliance field demonstration to show the energy savings possible with high-efficiency equipment.

Showcase Project
Partner: Chesapeake College
Sector: Education

The HPAC is home to Chesapeake College’s flagship health programs in nursing, radiologic science, emergency medical services, physical therapy, and surgical technology. A solar installation and LED and HVAC upgrades saved this facility 51% in energy use.

Implementation Model
Partner: University of California, Berkeley
Sector: Education

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of $6.5 million in just three years.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) , Xcel Energy

Learn how we can harness big data and a suite of new “Smart Building” technologies to transform the way buildings operate with the resulting energy savings of 1 Quadrillion Btu nation-wide at 100% adoption. 

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Education

This session described a comprehensive training program for laboratory operations and maintenance personnel, a North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge, and the results of a study on laboratory plug loads. 

Toolkits
Sector: Commercial, Education

This toolkit provides guidance and strategies for reducing energy consumption in laboratories. Resources include guidance on ventilation flow rates, ultra low-temperature freezer specifications, case studies, and more.

Showcase Project
Partner: Community College of Allegheny County
Sector: Education

The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is one of four campuses located throughout Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Upgrades to this large energy user saw an energy savings of 37% and a cost savings of $184,000.

Video
Partner: University of California, Irvine
Sector: Education

Review of UC Irvine's Smart Labs program, illustrating upgrades made to the Natural Sciences II facility.

Showcase Project
Partner: University of Utah
Sector: Education

University of Utah performed HVAC and fume hood mechanical upgrades, combined with new sensor and control technologies to deliver an expected 44% energy savings and $456,000 in cost savings.

Showcase Project
Partner: University of California, Berkeley
Sector: Education

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation houses classroom, office, studio, lab, and mechanical workshop space for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. The building is designed to exceed sustainability targets by using 90% less energy than the national median for university buildings.

2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: University of Colorado
Sector: Education

Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator partners convened to share their experiences and provide input to the Department of Energy as it prioritizes actions to drive energy savings in laboratories. 

2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: University of Colorado
Sector: Education

This session discussed a federal funding system that promotes sharing equipment, efficient use of lab space, and energy/water-efficient lab equipment and processes to maximize tight research budgets and keep unnecessary resource consumption down.

Presentation
Partner: Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Colorado
Sector: Education

In this panel, organizations participating in the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator shared their success stories and describe the strategies they employed to cut energy consumption in their laboratories.

Other: 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.

2018 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

Participants in this meet-up reviewed the current draft of the Smart Labs Program roadmap and the current roadmap for Smart Labs partners.

2018 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ventilation is a critical component to providing a safe and productive laboratory environment. It is also one of the primary consumers of energy in most laboratory buildings. This session provided information and examples of a systematic, risk-based, demand-driven approach to managing ventilation systems.

2018 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

Learn about organizations that have implemented campus-wide programs to institute measures that improve laboratory efficiency and safety, also known as Smart Labs Programs.

Webinar
Partner: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Using lessons learned and experts in the field, this webinar helped advise how to set up your site for creating a Smart Labs Program. Prioritizing energy efficiency in labs can help organizations quickly meet their energy-saving goals.

Showcase Project
Partner: University of Virginia
Sector: Education

UVA implemented significant HVAC, lighting and water improvements at Clark Hall, mixed-use building that houses everything from classrooms and offices to laboratories, a library and café, to reduce energy by 65% and water consumption significantly.

Webinar
Sector: Commercial, Education

This webinar highlighted best practices for developing a Smart Labs Program and featured results from partners who participated in the 3-year Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator.

Showcase Project
Partner: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest of DOE's open science laboratories, attained 50001 Ready status across 65 buildings under the Facilities Management Division in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Other: Case Study
Partner: University of Colorado
Sector: Education

University of Colorado, Boulder's Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility (BCCF) exemplifies the benefits of sharing equipment, space and operational optimization, and collaborative research space at a large research institution - BCCF’s footprint is 30% smaller than what 16 separate lab spaces would require, and optimized lab space avoids unnecessary and wasteful duplication of common equipment, reducing plug load electricity by 58%.

Webinar
Partner: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, Michigan State University, Parkway School District, University of Utah
Sector: Education

This 2020 Summit session addressed the challenges of operating aging education facilities and leveraging best practices to transform them into modern, resilient campuses. Industry experts highlighted advances in zero energy ready schools, data management, and smart labs in addition to partner case studies on resilience.

Webinar

This webinar shared available tools for turning your laboratory into a Smart Lab, as well as a case study from a university that successfully implemented a Smart Labs program.

Toolkits

A key goal of the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator was to help organizations optimize the performance of their laboratories by mitigating safety and health risks, reducing energy, and improving ventilation. This toolkit is an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide containing additional tasks, resources, and deliverables to guide your organization through a systems-based management approach.

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