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.
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FEMP supports laboratory energy efficiency through the Climate Neutral Research Campuses initiative. See a five-step process to develop and implement climate action plans for research-based facilities.
FEMP formerly collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a resource tool kit for laboratory designers. These resources are now available on the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories website.