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, the research instruments used, 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.
LBNL has also conducted research on improving energy efficiency in hospitals, which experience similar issues of safety and containment. Whether a large medical campus, a suburban clinical campus, or a local medical center, hospitals are extremely energy intensive, due to the large HVAC loads, strict ventilation requirements, and large plug loads.
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