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 Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT) is now even better! Sponsored by Siemens Smart Infrastructure, the new 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!
  • In 2020, weíll be expanding the LBT again to include a dedicated module on operational practices and policies. Going beyond energy use comparisons, this module will allow you to see how your organizationís policies stack up against those at similar facilities. In preparation for launching the new module, I2SL will issue a special Operational Practices survey in early 2020. The results of the survey will be used to pre-populate the database so that the new module is useful as soon as itís released.
  • 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.
  • 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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