Smart Labs for UC and CSU Campuses: How to Safely Cut Your Laboratory Energy Use in Half
Presentation and Location Information
April 24, 2014- UC Irvine, CalIT2 - Auditorium
Smart Labs for UC and CSU Campuses
This free workshop was offered by the UC
CSU IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership Program on April 24, 2014 from 8 am to 2
pm on UC Irvine campus in the CalIT2 building
in the first floor lecture hall.
UC Irvine's goal of
cutting laboratory energy consumption by half was met with initial skepticism,
both within the campus and beyond. Since the mid-1990s, the campus had been
designing its energy-efficient laboratories in accordance with the principles
now assembled in the Labs21
. Most of these laboratories outperformed California's Title 24
energy efficiency standards by 25 percent, and some had attained Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®
) Gold ratings. Now, however,
in order to reach UC's policy goal of substantially reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, an additional 50 percent energy efficiency improvement was needed.
A new stem cell laboratory
that managed to beat Title 24 by 50.4 percent triggered skepticism: Would actual
results match the energy model's predictions? Was the incremental cost
exorbitant? Could it be done again? Could a retrofit project prove as feasible
and successful as new construction? Is a "smart laboratory" as safe as one that
applies established best practices? Is a smart laboratory too complex to
maintain? Is the technology too "bleeding edge?" Can we afford to keep a smart
laboratory smart? Can a smart laboratory retrofit pay for itself in a state with
lower energy costs than California?
This workshop addressed
all these questions based on the results of 11 projects now completed as part of
UC Irvine's Smart Labs Initiative, a comprehensive program that integrates
state-of-the-art air quality sensing, reduced exhaust stack airspeeds, reduced
duct and plenum airspeeds and static losses, sharply reduced lighting
power-density, efficient heat exhaust for equipment, and elimination of
energy-robbing HVAC acoustic attenuators. A full complement of holistically
integrated efficiency factors is necessary to attain 50 percent efficiency
The presenters from UC Irvine:
- Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor Administrative and Business Services;
- Marc Gomez, Assistant Vice Chanellor Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety;
- Matt Gudorf, Campus Energy Manager;
- Fred Bockmiller, Manager Engineering Group;
- Scott Jackson, Campus Fire Marshal;
- David Suk-Bam Kang, Industrial Hygiene Energy Specialist.
Please contact Emily Montan to request the viewgraphs in pdf.
This program was paid for by the energy ratepayers of California under
the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.