Lab Benchmarking Study

Nagarajan Balamurugan, Nanyang Technological University

Singapore has roll out benchmarking scheme for diversity types of building and office interior. However, laboratory unit which composes high energy consumption (approximate 5 to 10 times more than offices) has not been studied in Singapore due to its complexity of design, equipment, and operation.

Early 2015, ERI@N and S2Lab Group (I2SL Singapore Chapter) shall carry out a study to explore the energy consumption pattern in laboratories in further recommending a rating system to evaluate laboratory space. The study is conducted in 3 types of labs which are dry lab, chemical lab and biological lab. The principle is to construct a benchmark standard with representation of energy requirement in few areas like ventilation, air change, fume hood velocity, lighting, water efficiency, etc. Outcomes of laboratory benchmarking study will propose criteria and specific guidelines to achieve energy efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about lab utility consumption.
  • Learn about how the normalized types of labs are performing.
  • Learn about key energy pillars defined within the performance study.
  • Learn about the recommendation for laboratory benchmarking.


Mr. Nagarajan Balamurugan is the Senior Research Engineer at Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), Singapore. He holds a Master's Degree in Thermal Power Engineering from India.

He is currently doing research on Sustainable Building Technologies and Laboratories. Mr. Bala holds 10 years of teaching experience for engineering students and 9 years of Energy Audit experience. He has conducted energy audit for more than 25 buildings in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India. He is a Registered Energy Auditor and Green Mark Manager by the Building Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. He is also a Certified Energy Manager and Energy Auditor by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India.


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