The mission of a laboratory is to conduct research, but as with any enterprise, energy efficiency affects the bottom line. Faced with the double imperative of reducing energy waste while adhering to strict regulatory requirements, lab managers carry a unique burden.
Whether a lab’s work involves potentially dangerous biological agents or animal research, energy efficiency is a common challenge. By launching an energy management program, a lab can accrue energy savings without compromising compliance or safety standards. Following is a four-step approach to driving and maintaining energy efficiency in laboratory facilities:
- Audit and measure energy use – collect data, measure energy use for all utility types, establish a metering strategy
- Fix the basics – use data and monitoring to pinpoint obvious energy waste and enlist staff cooperation to reduce energy use
- Optimize through automation and regulation – correct HVAC and humidity controls with automation technologies and integrate lab systems with building automation systems
- Monitor and maintain for continuous improvement – ensure energy savings continue by analyzing problems and waste
Get the details by downloading the Schneider Electric white paper, Four Steps for Improving Energy Efficiency in Laboratories.