Decarbonization of Existing Lab Spaces: Part 3

Jessica Mangler, AEI

Decarbonization. The current administration has set forth aggressive goals towards achieving a net-zero emissions building portfolio. Companies and government entities alike are prioritizing these efforts with implementation plans, but struggle with defining technically sound implementation pathways. Navigating policy, technical, and end-user challenges regarding carbon emissions presents a significant challenge on any campus, especially for energy-intensive, mission-critical facilities, such as research laboratories. The effort requires an all-hands-on-deck approach to address the many challenges decarbonization presents. What challenges are you facing in your laboratory facilities? What successes have you had?

Bring your questions, bring your answers, bring your ideas! In this interactive working session, we will unpack the questions of implementing decarbonization strategies. We will discuss best practices around addressing both the building operational and the end-user emissions reduction. Speakers will also share strategies for coordinating efforts and building a culture of sustainability to integrate decarbonization into operational best practices. Walking away from this session, attendees will be inspired and started on the path towards decarbonizing the laboratory industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the complexity of the challenges that laboratories face in regard to decarbonization;
  • Identify strategies and best practices for implementing strategies that reduce carbon emissions of mission-critical research facilities;
  • Develop a culture of sustainability to engage occupants in integrating decarbonization into operational best practices; and
  • Maintain a network of professionals and facility owners who are tackling similar challenges in their own laboratory facilities and campuses.


Jessica Mangler is a Mechanical Project Engineer at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. in Seattle, Washington. She has over thirteen years of experience in mechanical systems design for laboratory buildings. Jessica's area of expertise includes hydronic HVAC designs that focus on high performing, including net zero energy, and all electric, sustainable laboratories, and other complex building types.


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