Laboratory Benchmarking Working Group

Lead: Alison Farmer

Laboratory Benchmarking Tool

Group Purpose

The Laboratory Benchmarking Working Group was formed in September 2014 to evaluate the current state of energy benchmarking for labs, and to investigate (then implement) useful enhancements or supplements to the available tools. The group's efforts will focus on projects with strong business use cases which benefit a significant segment of the community of lab owners, consultants, and researchers.

In March 2019, the working group helped launch a new and improved Laboratory Benchmarking Tool to allow lab managers, designers, and users to compared their facilities' energy performance to a national data set of more than 700 labs.

Laboratory Benchmarking Tool Overview

Working Group ProjectsAbout the LBT

  • The main Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT) now contains searchable data from nearly 1,000 lab buildings, and we’d like to see that grow even more! Sign up at the I2SL Annual Conference to input or update your lab’s energy data in the LBT, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win free attendance to the 2023 conference.
  • We’ve gone global! Siemens Smart Infrastructure sponsored an internationalization project for the tool. LBT users can now enter data for facilities anywhere in the world and can choose U.S. or metric units for benchmarking comparisons.
  • I2SL added a module to the LBT—Operational Practices—which goes beyond energy benchmarking to allow users to compare policies and practices with their peers, including: lab ventilation management plans, occupant engagement activities, high-performance fume hoods, and other technologies or policies. These operational practice comparisons can help catalyze action towards more sustainable labs. The module includes data from more than 100 facilities, collected this year via an I2SL survey. Check out the module and add your own data to keep the tool growing in its reach and impact!
  • Sponsored by Siemens Smart Infrastructure, the Actionable Insights Module bridges the gap between your building data and action by providing customized energy efficiency project ideas and resources. Try it out today!
  • Alison Farmer, kW Engineering, and Paul Mathew, LBNL, made a presentation on the benchmarking tool at the I2SL Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, in October 2018.
  • I2SL thanks Siemens for sponsoring the benchmarking session at the 2018 I2SL conference, as well as a laboratory benchmarking report and the Actionable Insights Module for the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool! The Working Group is interested in finding additional sponsors to help sustain, grow, and promote the new tool. Email if interested in sponsoring.
  • Related Resources: Rating Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Laboratories: Results and Lessons from the Labs21 Program

Get Involved

The group consists of experts and enthusiasts in energy benchmarking for labs. Members are encouraged to contribute their expertise, energy, and ideas. The main group currently holds monthly conference calls; smaller subgroups are created for specific tasks and may hold more frequent calls or meetings as needed. To get involved, please contact Alison Farmer.

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