Laboratory Buildings, Energy Hero or Energy Hog


Good news for operating budgets: research facilities can now shed the "energy hog" label. With new strategies that dramatically improve power usage efficiency, labs can beat award-wining "green" office facilities for sustainability, and here's the proof. The Fred Hutch team profiles the energy use reduction model for Fred Hutch's latest cancer research building and details what was done to reduce energy requirements and still support labs, freezers, incubators, cold rooms, mass spectrometers, validated labs and a BL2/3 Suite. Additionally they will show the 7 key strategies they used to obtain these results and demonstrate how those strategies come together to create one of the most energy efficient data centers ever a Data Center with a PUE of 1.04 when 2.3+ is the norm. In the past two years almost 1,000 people have toured this facility, some from as far away as China, come see what they have learned

Learning Objectives

  • Identify design directions to significantly reduce Energy consumption in Laboratory buildings
  • Identify design directions to significantly reduce Energy Consumption in Data Centers
  • Identify winning energy efficiency strategies for both today and tomorrow
  • Identify winning maintenance strategies


Bob Cowan is the Director of Facilities for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is responsible for day to day Operations, Maintenance and Repair of the beautiful, highly complex, world class, 1.6 million square foot, Fred Hutchinson Campus. The 15 building Campus, located in Sunny Seattle WA, is dedicated to both Cancer Research and Treatment, has over 4,000 staff and boast of 3 Nobel Prize winners amongst the staff.


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