There are even window glazing systems that
use photovoltaic technology to generate
On-site Batteries: All buildings pay for
the energy they buy from the utility grid
based on rates determined by demand.
On-site batteries can dramatically reduce
demand charges by storing excess solar
energy that is used for the high-rate periods
of peak demand. Sophisticated energy
management systems can control this
process for optimum financial benefit.
Energy Efficient Workstations: Using
daylighting, workstations can be brightly
lit using little energy. When natural light is
not sufficient, point of use LED desk lights
are very efficient. Energy-efficient lap top
computers can be used, and phantom loads
Phantom Load Reduction: Electronics
and appliances use power when turned
“off,” which represents a significant energy
drain. In some electronics, this standby
mode accounts for the majority of the
device’s annual energy consumption. These
include remote controls, lights or displays
that stay on after turning them “off,” or
cords that incorporate a “power brick”.
The simplest solutions include developing
protocols for unplugging devices when not
in use and utilizing “smart” power strips.
Smart technology is now available that can
automatically kill all phantom loads when
devices are not in use.
Laboratory and Kitchen Exhaust Fans:
Inefficient exhaust fans use extra energy
and pull conditioned inside air out of the
building. ECM fans use less energy and
insulated external flaps can reduce heat loss.
In many laboratories, fume hood sashes are
left open even when unattended. Simple
“Sash Hood Stickers” attached to the hood
encourage lab workers to close the sash
hoods when not in use. In some labs, energy
use is so intensive that a comprehensive
management approach to reducing energy
Ground-source and air-source heat pumps are effective
energy efficient technologies for heating and cooling.
J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla Sustainable Laboratory Facility is the first net-zero energy, carbon-neutral biological
laboratory. Credit: Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing Photographers
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