Balancing Safety and Savings at University’s Chem-Bio Lab

About This Project

Campus Sustainable Lab Retrofit Identifies 22% Operating Cost Savings

This prestigious University in California has an aggressive program to reduce their carbon footprint and as part of that effort they are assessing their portfolio on a building-by-building basis. The University wanted to target projects for a more sustainable lab building. We were selected to find cost-effective ways to reduce the energy consumption in the Wagner* building, an 85,000 sf chemistry and biology lab facility.

Calibrated Simulation Used to Estimate Potential

Our final package of recommended measures incorporates retrofits to the lab airflow controls according to ANSI Z9.5 – 2012 best practices, including fume hood standby airflow reductions, high performance hood sash panels, and updates to the Phoenix controls system.

Energy Efficiency Measures

  • Fume hood standby airflow reduction
  • High-performance hood sash panels
  • HVAC Controls RCx
  • HVAC Controls Upgrade
  • EC motor retrofit
  • Adaptive refrigeration controls
  • EC motors + adaptive controls

Additional Successful Energy Saving Projects for This Higher Education Client

* Client name, building name and photos redacted for confidentiality.

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Annual Energy Savings

400,000 kWh

Utility Incentives Identified


Estimated Payback

5 years, omitting HVAC Controls Upgrade (Capital Intensive)
10 years, including HVAC Controls Upgrade

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