Smart Lab Case Studies In Under Seven Minutes

Rachel Romero, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Better Buildings Smart Labs Team and the Smart Labs Accelerator Partners present PechaKucha case studies of programs and projects that promote safe and efficient world class science by: reducing ventilation to the lowest safe levels (during occupied and unoccupied times), implementing high ventilation effectiveness design, minimizing fan energy, and installing smart building controls.

PechaKucha is a style of presenting aimed at quickly and creatively conveying a message. Presenters have under seven minutes to keep the audience engaged through 20 slides while being as concise and informative as possible, and ending with a short Q&A.

Presenters will share a small piece of their Smart Labs Program from ultra-low temperature freezer programs to advanced building analytics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Better Building Smart Lab Accelerator Program and partners;
  • Learn about best practices in Smart Lab programs;
  • Understand advanced analytics use at National laboratories; and
  • Learn about Retrocommissioning.


Rachel Romero is an energy engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the Integrated Applications Center. Rachel provides technical assistance to the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and then received her master's degree in Building Systems Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and a graduate energy certificate from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).


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