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University of California, Irvine

Energy Performance



Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020



Million Square Feet

Progress Goal Achieved


Cumulative (vs Baseline)


Annual (2013)

New Goal (Starting in 2008)


Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020


View Details on UC Irvine's Progress to Date

Showcase Project

Smart Labs Initiative/Natural Sciences II
Irvine, CA

Implementation Model

University Of California Irvine's Playbook
Developing an Integrated "Smart Lab" Program


University of California, Irvine is dedicated to research, scholarship, and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC, Irvine educates nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus is a 2011 recipient of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Award and a 2008 recipient of the California Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Award for Climate Change, the state's highest environmental honor.

As a Better Buildings Challenger Partner, the campus is committing 7 million square feet of its most energy-intensive building space, including more than 180 buildings housing instructional, office, complex laboratory space, and recreational and patient care facilities. The campus will share energy innovations developed on campus as part of its commitment, including the Smart Labs program, which has successfully reduced energy consumption in laboratory space by more than 50% using advanced occupancy and air quality sensors to reduce the number of air exchanges per hour when conditions permit.

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