Defining an Industry Smart Labs Initiative

Otto Van Geet, NREL

The Department of Energy is proposing the launch of a challenge program to private and public sector owners of laboratory buildings similar to the goals of the Better Buildings initiative that seeks to provide solutions that will enable a 20% reduction in energy intensity within a 10 year period. The inspiration for the proposed challenge is the progress of the University of California in Irvine, a Better Buildings Partner, in reducing the energy intensity of their campus by over 20% and of their laboratories by as much as 60% within their SMARTLABs program. I2SL has proposed to participate by providing educational opportunities through its conference, webinars and workshops, and to serve as a conduit for participation by the I2SL members.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been tasked to support the DOE in this endeavor and will facilitate the breakfast session with the aim of gaining an industry perspective on such an endeavor.

Learning Objectives

  • Being able to identify "Smart Labs" key elements
  • Being able to define how Smart Labs objectives can be implemented by the Lab industry
  • Being able to determine what barriers exist to implanting Smart Labs by the Lab industry
  • Define how to overcome the barriers to implementing Smart Labs by the Lab industry


Otto Van Geet is a principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been involved in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient research facilities such as labs and data centers, office and general use facilities, and low energy use campus and community design. Mr. Van Geet was one of the founding members of the Labs21 program and provides technical guidance for the program. His experience also includes renewables screening and assessment.


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