HHSignite (beta): Moving Towards Energy Efficient Laboratories: Assessing the Plug Load in Biomedical Research Laboratories
Submitted by staff from: NIH / Office of the Director
- Leo Gumapas, NIH/OD
Other Team Members:
- Rajib Chainani, NIH/OD
- Sy Sadighi, NIH/OD
- Don Guan, NIH/OD
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Susan Hinton, Division of Environmental Protection, NIH/OD/ORF
Gather energy output data by NIH laboratories to improve construction and design efficiencies.
This project aims at gathering measured equipment load data from National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratories in an effort to right-size HVAC systems, saving initial construction costs as well as life-cycle energy costs. The HHS Ignite funding would be used to purchase energy metering equipment to measure the energy consumption at the distribution panel level for all laboratory equipment in NIH laboratories.
Energy data obtained from panel level meters installed at various NIH laboratories will be used to generate a model that will be used to simulate the energy intensity of labs on a watt per square foot basis based surrogate parameters. The model will be used as a design tool to that can supplement the NIH Design Requirements Manual (DRM). The DRM is used internationally as the gold standard for lab design; therefore energy saving realized from right sizing HVAC equipment would likely be replicated and expanded internationally to both public and private sector labs.