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Smart labs at the University of California, Irvine, 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.

Smart Labs Toolkit
Website describes a systematic process that helps operators plan and cost-effectively achieve safe, efficient, and sustainable laboratories.
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Climate Neutral Research Campuses
Website features a planning process and tool to reduce energy use on campus.
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Smart Labs Accelerator
FEMP teamed with Better Buildings to launch the Smart Labs Accelerator.
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Case Studies
Browse case studies of successful federal projects.
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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.
Fact sheet describes how two University of California campuses increased laboratory exhaust efficiency and safety by using fume hood sash stickers.

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