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University of California, Irvine, Smart Labs Initiative
University of California, Irvine, smart labs achieve energy savings through dynamic, intelligent heating, cooling, and air-conditioning technologies.

U.S. laboratories on average use far more energy and water per square foot than office buildings and other facilities because their activities are energy-intensive and their health and safety requirements are more stringent.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) encourages energy efficiency in laboratories through a whole-building approach that enables agencies and organizations to improve the efficiency of an entire facility rather than specific laboratory components.

Map shows the locations of federal agencies, hospitals, national laboratories, and universities across the continental United States that have committed to be Smart Labs Accelerator partners.

Smart Labs Accelerator

The FEMP and Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator invited forward-leaning labs to commit to reducing energy use and implementing no- or low-cost measures in laboratories.

Federal agencies, hospitals, national laboratories, and universities across country committed to implementing no- or low-cost measures in labs as part of the Smart Labs Accelerator.

Research Campuses

Visit the Climate Neutral Research Campuses website for a five-step process to develop and implement climate action plans for research-based facilities.

Smart Labs Toolkit

The new Smart Labs Toolkit is coming soon! In the meantime, browse resources on the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories' website.

Key Resources

Application compares the energy use of your laboratory buildings with that of similar facilities in the United States.
Tool offers estimates on how various technology options can contribute to an overall climate action plan for research campuses.
Web-based manual provides guidance on the design process for high-performance laboratories.
Website provides resources to increase the energy efficiency of laboratories.
Case study describes two University of California campuses that increased laboratory exhaust efficiency and safety using fume hood sash stickers.

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