GLRPPR Sector Resource: Labs21: Labs for the 21st Century
Labs21: Labs for the 21st Century
Labs21 is a voluntary program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories. 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. The Labs21 web site provides information on the Labs21 partnership program (open to all public and private sector labs in the U.S.), links to independent Labs21 Centers of Excellence, information on training and education opportunities, and a tool kit of resources to support the design, construction, and operation of high-performance laboratories. The tool kit includes a design guide for energy-efficient research labs, other design process tools, best practice guides, case studies, and energy benchmarking tools.
U.S. EPA & U.S. DOE
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