The primary guiding principle of the Labs21 program is that improving the energy efficiency and environmental performance of a laboratory requires examining the entire facility from a "whole building" perspective. Adopting this perspective allows laboratory owners to improve the efficiency of the entire facility, rather than focusing on specific laboratory components. As Labs21 participants understand, improving the efficiency of individual components without examining their relation to the entire system can eliminate opportunities to make other more significant efficiency improvements.
An Introduction to Low-Energy Design guide provides an overview of the whole building perspective by describing various energy-efficient strategies for designing and equipping laboratories for the 21st century. This document introduces the basic issues associated with energy consumption in laboratories and summarizes key opportunities to improve or optimize energy performance during each phase of the design and acquisition process. Both standard and advanced technologies and practices are included. Click here or on the document's cover page, below, to review.