An Overview of the Smart Lab Partnership and Tools Available to Partners

Rachel Shepherd, U.S. Department of Energy

Attendees will get an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator. Better Buildings is a national leadership initiative calling on corporate chief executive officers, university presidents, utilities, state and local officials, and other leaders to make substantial commitments to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and plants, save money, and increase competitiveness. Through the Smart Labs Accelerator, DOE will work with universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, hospitals, and corporations to advance strategies that rapidly improve energy efficiency in laboratory buildings. Accelerator partners will set a target to improve energy efficiency across their portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20% in ten years or less, and select one laboratory to meet a short-term reduction target through a series of low- and no-cost measures. Partners will work together to develop standardized approaches to overcoming common barriers to energy efficiency in laboratories such as insufficient energy performance measurement methods and resistance to implementing efficient operational procedures.


Rachel Shepherd works within the Technical Services team as the Renewable Energy Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In this role, Shepherd manages a team to provide technical assistance to federal agencies in order to accomplish their renewable energy related goals yielding sustainable, environmentally-responsible, and economically-sound approaches to renewable energy policy development and project implementation. Prior to FEMP, Shepherd was a project engineer conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies for existing commercial and industrial facilities. She worked with building owners to identify and prioritize deployment of energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. Shepherd holds a bachelor's degree in applied physics from the University of Maryland.


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