Laboratory facilities are very energy intensive—ranging from 250-800 kBtu/sq. ft. —about 3 to 8 times as much as an average office building. On a university campus, labs can constitute 40–50% of total energy use, even though they may constitute less than 20% of the total floor space. A single laboratory fume hood can consume as much energy as three average homes—so a laboratory with dozens of fume hoods consumes as much energy as a small neighborhood!

Laboratories team members reduce laboratory energy use by implementing low-cost operational best practices, developing specifications to build demand for more efficient laboratory equipment, and sharing information on cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.

Contact us to join the Laboratories team or for additional information.

Tools & Resources

Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21)
A joint initiative between DOE and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories.

Labs21 Toolkit
Design, construction, and operation of high-performance laboratories. Includes case studies, a performance rating system, and a benchmarking tool.

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)
Training opportunities through in-person workshops and online webinars.

  • Arizona State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center*

* Steering Committee member
Members in bold have taken the Better Buildings Challenge