The Energy-Efficient Design Process

Energy-efficient design is an iterative process that begins with the establishment of communication among all members of the design team. Each design discipline has an impact on the energy load. On a macro scale, the flexibility of the architectural design permits or presents such features as a modular laboratory size. On a micro scale, the choice of a lighting system can affect sensible heat gain and transformer sizing, for example. Energy-efficient design solutions in laboratories determine the potential variability of a minimized load and match the load with flexible, adjustable electrical and mechanical conditioning system(s). This "systems approach" is fundamental to an integrated system design and "Right-Sizing" (See Chapter 3). The process can be outlined as follows:


Minimize the Load

Determine Potential Load Variability

Match Variable Load with an Adjustable System

Use an Integrated Energy Engineering Approach

Understand Barriers

Promote Safety Relationship

Example of an integrated energy concept

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