Future Directions for Lab Benchmarking

Alison Farmer, kW Engineering

The final portion of the Lab Benchmarking Symposium will offer a forum for open discussion on future directions for lab benchmarking. Several potential directions will be presented, representing a variety of required funding levels. Session attendees are warmly invited to give feedback on the proposals and to offer alternative suggestions. The discussion will be kicked off with a description of some lessons learned from recent cutting-edge lab benchmarking studies from around the country and from the latest statistical analysis of the Labs21 sample completed by the I2SL Lab Benchmarking Working Group. Attendee feedback will be incorporated into the next round of upgrades to the Labs21 Tool (and beyond), so please bring your strongest opinions to this session!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe other cutting-edge lab benchmarking work and how lessons learned could be incorporated into the Labs21 tool.
  • Contribute to an open discussion on proposed future enhancements to the Labs21 tool.
  • Offer suggested improvements to be incorporated in the next round of upgrades to the Labs21 tool.
  • Understand how to get involved with the work of the I2SL Benchmarking Working Group.


Alison Farmer is a physicist with a deep dedication to energy efficiency in buildings and extensive experience as an energy efficiency consultant for lab facilities. Alison leads kW Engineering's laboratory work, which spans strategic planning, energy audits, controls retrofit design, commissioning, energy analysis, M&V, and research into the latest technologies for labs. She has chaired the I2SL Lab Benchmarking Working Group since its inception in 2014. Alison holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in physics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in astrophysics from Caltech.


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