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RESOURCES: BenchmarkingThe Berkeley HoodBest PracticesDemonstrationsDesign GuideLaboratories for the 21st Century

Laboratory facilities represent an ever-expanding growth opportunity for advanced, environmentally preferred, building technologies. The typical laboratory uses far more energy and water per square foot than the typical office building due to intensive ventilation requirements and other health and safety concerns. Because the requirements of laboratory facilities differ so dramatically from those of other buildings, a clear need exists for an initiative exclusively targeting these facilities.

Key Areas of Research:

1. Characterize baseline energy use and savings potentials

2. Benchmark laboratories and develop best practices

3. Develop high-performance fume hoods

4. Showcase best practices at LBNL's own facilities

  • LBNL's in-house energy managers have worked with LBNL researchers for several decades on improving energy efficiency in our own high-tech facilities
  • Implement best practices in LBNL's Molecular Foundry, a $65-million, 6-story building housing labs, a cleanroom, and a data center - received LEED Gold Rating
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