Laboratory Benchmarking Working Group

Lead: Alison Farmer

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.

Working Group ProjectsAbout the LBT

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) supported initial development of a new Laboratory Benchmarking Tool through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). This tool replaces the old Labs21 Benchmarking Tool with a new and improved user interface and access to historical and enhanced data.
  • 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 a new 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.

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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