There are many ways UVA scientists reduce energy use at the lab bench through programs such as Green Labs certification, optimizing freezer temperature settings or shutting the sash on chemical fume hoods. Yet the greatest energy-user in a lab is the building itself.
Lab ventilation systems far outpace those of standard buildings in intensity, complexity and overall consumption. UVA's Smart Labs program supports building enhancements that target lab ventilation inefficiencies.
Smart Labs bridges safety and energy efficiency in UVA's critical research spaces by individually and comprehensively assessing each lab, consulting its researchers, UVA Health and Safety experts, and energy engineers to identify infrastructure improvements. Once fully implemented, the Smart Labs program is anticipated to save an estimated $5 million per year, expanding on the already established and successful Green Labs program.
Tell us about your lab. By answering a few questions, you will help us get closer to a safer, reliable, and energy-saving research space.