Laboratories for the 21st Century: Energy Analysis

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This study, done for the joint DOE-EPA Laboratories for the 21st Century program ('Labs 21'), used a simplified computer model to analyze the effects of energy efficiency measures in laboratory buildings in four different climates: those of Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, and Atlanta. Results show that using variable-air-volume fume hoods can reduce lab energy costs as much as $1 per square foot inany climate. Energy-recovery systems such as enthalpy wheels also save varying amounts of energy and money in all climates. Savings for other measures, such as heat pipes and evaporated cooling, are also included.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages82
StatePublished - 2003

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BK-710-33410

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102003-1694


  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • energy savings
  • environmental protection agency
  • EPA
  • Federal Energy Management Program
  • FEMP
  • FEMP
  • heating and cooling
  • laboratory buildings


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