Rating Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Laboratories: Results and Lessons from the Labs21 Program

In this paper, for the energy benchmarking tool and Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC), we present the underlying methodology and results from their use. For the benchmarking tool, we contrast our approach, which includes a simulation model-based component, with those used for other building types. We also present selected results from data collection and analysis of about 40 private and public sector laboratory facilities. In the case of the EPC, we describe variations from the LEED standard, focusing on the energy credits. Finally, using laboratories as a case in point, we discuss lessons learned that can be applied to the development of similar tools for other building types that have complex requirements impacting energy and environmental performance.


Author(s): Mathew, P., D.Sartor, O. Van Geet, and Sue Reilly