Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program Working Group

Industry Lead: Allen Doyle, University of California, Davis, Mike Austin, University of Minnesota–Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), and Phil Wirdzek, President and Executive Director, I2SL

Coordinated by: University of California, Davis, University of Minnesota, and I2SL

Learn about the activities of this working group

I2SL, with others in the laboratory community, are collaborating to develop a comprehensive Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement Program (LCPIP) Tool. This system is intended to evaluate and drive ongoing sustainability performance in new and existing laboratory facilities. The tool will complement established evaluation systems such as LEED® by outlining the benchmarks and processes necessary for documenting sustained environmental performance in a laboratory. This tool is expected to be useful to EH&S, operations, management, security, occupants, and others throughout the laboratory's useful life.

Working Group Projects

The purpose of this Working Group is to develop a LCPIP Tool that can be used by the laboratory and high-tech building industry and implemented at facilities worldwide. The Working Group will begin by:

  • Exploring the needs of the laboratory and high-tech facility community (e.g., issues related to facility type, ongoing operations and management, and operating budgets).
  • Evaluating rating systems already in place (e.g., LEED, ISO, ASHRAE).
  • Identifying the format of the tool (e.g., point system, checklist, written guidance).
  • Discussing the options for recognition (e.g., self-reporting, certification, accreditation).

The group members will convene regularly via Web-based conference calls and through in-person meetings to conduct their work and share their progress.


Get Involved

This Working Group consists of and invites individuals and organizations that are committed to helping I2SL develop the LCPIP Tool. Organizational representatives are encouraged to contribute their technical expertise, facility information, and experiences.

The Working Group is currently divided among three committees. Each committee will focus on one of the following efforts and provide recommendations for how each can best be integrated into the Laboratory Continuous Performance Improvement System.

  • Incorporate current standards and components of existing rating systems that are applicable to laboratories.

  • Focus on changing user behaviors.

  • Utilize metering and dashboards to inform occupants.

Representatives meet in person at least once annually (at the I2SL Annual Conference) to discuss progress toward developing the system. Periodic conference calls are scheduled throughout the year, both on the Working Group and committee levels.

If you would like to join the Working Group, contact I2SL.

Working Group Activities

  • The Working Group met on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference. During the meeting, the group reviewed comments from the morning LCPIP presentation, discussed improving upon and developing new elements in advance of the 2015 conference, and considered how to integrate the LCPIP components and apply LCPIP to laboratories. View the agenda to learn more.
  • The Working Group convened via conference call on February 21, 2013, to review progress made on the three committee areas. Mike Austin from the University of Minnesota also provided a tutorial on how to use the Working Group's Moodle site for online file sharing, discussion, and collaboration. View the agenda (23 KB, 1 pp) and summary notes (28 KB, 2 pp) from this call.

  • The Working Group convened via conference call on January 17, 2013, to discuss the nine Proposed Program Elements outlined during the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference meeting. The nine Proposed Program Elements discussed during the call were:

    • Incorporate current standards and components of existing rating systems that are applicable to laboratories
    • Incorporate tools that show best practices or case studies.
    • Establish benchmarks, not pre-requisites, to encourage tracking.
    • Minimize cost to utilize such a system.
    • Focus on changing user behaviors.
    • Utilize metering and dashboards to inform occupants.
    • Develop a tiered system that can accommodate both new-comers and experienced owners/users.
    • Consider choices for outside auditors or self-reporting.
    • Recognize and promote champions.

    View the agenda (23 KB, 1 pp) and summary notes (34 KB, 3 pp) from this call.

  • The Working Group met at the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference during a lunch-time Open Discussion. View the summary notes (78 KB, 2 pp) from this meeting.

  • At the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, Lindsey Kayman, Counsel in Occupational & Environmental Health, Inc., presented a technical session on Revamping the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC) and a Morning Roundtable Session on Options for Recognizing Continuous Laboratory Improvement. These presentations served as an informal kickoff for the Working Group.


Back to Working Groups