Laboratories for the 21st Century: An Introduction to Low-Energy Design (Revised)

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    This booklet is an introduction to several new strategies for designing, developing, and retrofitting energy-efficient laboratories. It is the result of a collaboration among staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), several national laboratories, and their contractors. They are collaborating to meetthe goals of a joint EPA-DOE initiative, 'Laboratories for the 21st Century,' which was established to help government and private-sector laboratory designers, engineers, owners, and operators work together to increase operating efficiency and reduce costs. This booklet describes many energy-efficient strategies that can be done during laboratory planning and programming; design; engineering;and commissioning, operation, and maintenance. There is also a discussion of on-site power generation and clean sources of electricity from renewable energy.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages12
    StatePublished - 2008

    Bibliographical note

    Supercedes December 2000 Version

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/BR-710-29413

    Other Report Number

    • DOE/GO-102000-1161


    • EE
    • energy efficiency
    • federal buildings
    • laboratories
    • low-energy buildings
    • solar energy


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