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.
To reduce our EUI, Argonne implements a naumber of energy-efficiency strategies and technologies 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
- Allocate savings from energy and water efficiency projects to invest in future efficiency projects
Our Smart Labs Programs seeks to optimize laboratory facilities to improve energy efficiency, provide safe ventilation levels, and enhance operations. The process identifies, investigates, and executes operational, safety, and maintenance improvements within existing buildings. A building’s key systems, such as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, and exposure control devices, are evaluated, tested, and optimized are evaluated, tested and optimized on the basis of best practices developed by universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, and hospitals under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program.