Labs are resource-intensive buildings, using three to ten times more energy than commercial office spaces. High lighting density, energy-consuming equipment, and large ventilation requirements all contribute to this outsized consumption.
Through simple behavioral changes, updates to equipment, and optimizing heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, the energy consumption of labs and lab buildings can be significantly reduced.
In this module we will discuss where energy is consumed in labs and provide strategies that reduce these high levels of energy use. Our focus will be dedicated to six topics: general plug load, lighting, cold storage, autoclaves, fume hoods and ventilation.