We actively track energy usage across our campus and work to reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of our buildings. While some building types use more energy than others, a low EUI generally indicates good performance.
Argonne has achieved a 3.8% reduction in EUI over the FY 2015 baseline and is working toward a target of 25% reduction by 2025. Energy efficiency strategies and technologies are integrated throughout the campus, including:
- LED-lighting upgrades
- ENERGY STAR-certified and FEMP-designated equipment and electronics
- Waste heat recovery
- Daylighting and Lighting controls
- Enable power management setting to shut-down electronics when not in use
Our Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Program works to identify and implement energy efficiency improvements beyond lighting and other “low-hanging fruit”. The process identifies, investigates and executes operational and maintenance improvements within existing buildings. A building’s energy-using systems, such as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, are evaluated, tested and optimized on the basis of recommendations provided by the RCx contractors.