Back for More: Smart Labs Pechakucha 2.0 Panel

Rachel Shepherd, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy
Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Smart Labs Pecha Kucha session is back with innovative content in an engaging format! This year's session brings you a selection of rapid-fire, 7-minute presentations highlighting best practices of sustainable lab design. Leaders in the industry will bring to the stage noteworthy lessons learned through their years of experience with high-performance laboratories. Speakers will cover topics from cutting-edge laboratory building operation to effective management for successful Smart Labs programs. Specific recommendations of this session provides attendees with the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of important aspects of sustainable laboratories and learn a wide variety of best practices within a short period.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn noteworthy lessons learned during the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator;
  • Understand key strategies in forming a successful Smart Labs program;
  • Understand key principles in effective implementation of building control systems for dynamic labs; and
  • Know important components of high performance labs that are essential to sustainability, resiliency, and efficiency.


Rachel Shepherd leads the Distributed Energy and Critical Buildings programs for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). She led the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator and manages a team helping organizations achieve high performance labs. Prior to FEMP, Shepherd conducted energy and commissioning audits for commercial facilities, working with owners to identify energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Otto Van Geet is a Principal Engineer in the Integrated Applications Center at NREL with over 20 years of experience in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient research facilities. A founding member of Labs21, Van Geet continues to provide technical guidance for the program. He is the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and the 2011 GreenGov Green Innovation Presidential Award for the NREL Research Support Facility data center.


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