Cutting-Edge Roundtables

Tuesday and Wednesday late mornings featured a discussion about the most innovative and ground-breaking topics in laboratory sustainability. During the session, the session leader briefly introduced the topic and then facilitated an open discussion.

Tuesday, September 28

Wednesday, September 29

Tuesday, September 28
10:45 a.m. – noon

Building Information Modeling and the Application to the Building Lifecycle

Led by:

  • Chuck Mies, Autodesk
  • Rich Mitrenga, Autodesk

Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to accelerate in the design and construction phases of projects.  As this trend continues, and the pipeline of BIM projects that are in construction grows, building owners are starting to ask about benefits of the model after occupancy. As they look to this application, they start to find that they need a much better understanding of the process to take advantage of the models after occupancy in the lifecycle phase of a building.

To that end, this presentation started at an overview of BIM and proceed into a demonstration of the technological possibilities and then specific recommendations and observations from owners on their use of the technology.

Some of the points covered in this presentation:

  • What is BIM: an overview specific to the owner to understand lifecycle benefits.
  • BIM-based lifecycle strategies that are emerging from some owners and how they might apply to you.
  • A demonstration of the technological possibilities for integrating BIM data into your lifecycle building processes.
  • The position of the industry to support these initiatives.
    • What issues will I encounter in the transition? How do I mitigate those?
    • What will a BIM project team look like? What are the roles?
    • Who leads my transition?
  • The importance and benefit of developing deliverable standards.


Information Management in a Production Data Center

Led by:

  • Raymond Benton, Johnson Controls
  • John Richard, Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), is the largest global provider of facilities management services to customer data centers. Although all of our data center facilities management clients are committed to reducing energy use, carbon, and greenhouse gas emissions, a subset of our client base—those companies who provide outsourced IT services to their many clients—is especially focused on these goals.

One of these—a major provider of IT services—has embarked on an ambitious program to identify and mitigate inefficiencies within its data center facilities infrastructure. All of its more than 25 global data centers are included in the program, and each has specific three-year goals. Sub-metering, integrated with our Metasys® Building Automation System, provides trending and analysis capability, and is an integral part of JCI's measurement and strategy.

In this presentation, John Richard, customer business director of Global Critical Environments, described the strategy and results of two, independent initiatives at one of the client's sites in the Northeast. The first involves the retrofit of the site's HVAC system, in order to provide airside economization. The second involves the use of a proprietary technology to provide continuous commissioning of the site's sizable installed base of chillers, fans, pumps, and other rotating equipment.

The site has a Tier III design and approximately 58,000 square feet of raised floor. Built in phases over the past 20 plus years, critical load at present is approximately 1.2 megawatts. Total spending on electricity is in excess of $3 million annually.

In the first portion of his presentation, session leaders described the strategy used to capture the more than 4,000 hours of free cooling available in this climate, including the financial analysis that led to project approval. They also provided an overview of the design used for the economizers and retrofitted computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units, including the sub-metering methodology for verifying before and after electricity demand.

In the second portion, they reviewed how a sustainability manager—a proprietary Johnson Controls technology—identified significant sources of excess demand at the component and system level within the data center's mechanical infrastructure, allowing the client's management to recover its investment in months, not years as had been originally projected.


Wednesday, September 29
10:45 a.m. – noon

Demand Response and Shedding Electricity by Laboratories/R&D Campuses

Led by:

  • Steve Kiziuk, EnerNOC

In today's economic climate, many are struggling with the high cost of electricity, reduced budgets, increasing demands by stakeholders for green initiatives, and constant pressure to improve efficiency. With demand response, laboratory managers and other energy stakeholders can utilize existing resources as an income-generating opportunity, which in turn helps to offset rising energy costs. Demand response is a program that pays large energy users in exchange for voluntarily reducing their energy consumption when the electric grid operator indicates that the power system is under extreme stress.

Using real world examples of laboratories that are currently benefiting from demand response, EnerNOC and Lutron Electronics Co. shared recent developments in the energy industry and their resulting implications that affect energy management. Each defined demand response and explained how it addresses energy challenges that the industry now faces, in addition to describing how demand response can be tailored to high-energy consuming facilities. Each also presented case studies and invite discussion on the opportunities and various challenges attendees may face.


Make the Labs21 Tool Kit Your Most Valuable Design Tool

Led by:

  • Geoffrey Bell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Did you know a comprehensive Labs21Tool Kit is available to facility owners, architects, engineers, designers, managers, and others, with resources that help you design, build, and manage a sustainable, high-performance facility? Did you know this resource is available for free? This overview of the companion Tool Kit CD included highlights and examples of how it's lesser known components operate. In addition, a preview of the new Labs21 Laboratory Energy Efficiency Profiler (LEEP) Tool was provided.

  • Design Guide for Energy Efficient Research Laboratories: This searchable reference helps you identify and apply energy saving features to your laboratories. The guide can be either referenced on the CD or installed on your computer.
  • Design Process Manual: This Web-based manual includes a checklist of process-related action items for each stage of the building design and delivery process, with links to the Design Guide and relevant Labs21 Tools for each action item.
  • Best Practice Guides and Technical Bulletins: This series of publications provides design, construction, and operation information on specific technologies that contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability in laboratories.