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 Projects

  • Since its launch in 2002, the Labs21 Benchmarking Tool has compiled user-submitted data to create the largest known database of U.S. lab energy usage (covering 5 to 10 percent of the total U.S. lab facility square footage). The working group is investigating ways to enhance the value of the tool for designers, facility owners, and others. The group conducted a survey to gather information from the I2SL network on the community's benchmarking needs and desires. Survey results will be presented at the 2015 I2SL Annual Conference.

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.

Working Group Activities


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