Smart Labs Toolkit
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator program, I2SL is hosting the new Smart Labs Toolkit. This free, online resource provides a step-by-step guide to assist laboratory owners and users when implementing their own Smart Labs program. The toolkit identifies four main phases (plan, assess, optimize, and manage) to help increase sustainability, efficiency, and safety in laboratories and related high-tech facilities. The phases and tasks laid out in the toolkit can be undertaken to mitigate risk, reduce waste, and provide safe and productive workplaces.
What is a Smart Labs program, and why implement one? Learn more about how a Smart Labs program can benefit your organization.
Form a team comprised of lab stakeholders, profile buildings to rank opportunities and prioritize efforts, and then develop a strategic plan for cost-effective implementation.
Review the laboratory ventilation system and other building systems and develop a scope of work for optimizing systems.
Execute meaningful projects with demonstrable paybacks.
Implement a lifecycle performance management plan to continue to achieve safe and efficient labs.
Learn how to use the Smart Labs Toolkit when working on new construction projects.
Learn how to effectively communicate with scientists and researchers and encourage them to adopt Smart Labs practices.
Check out additional resources to help you successfully implement a Smart Labs program.
If you would like to join the toolkit's mailing list, email I2SL.
Smart Labs Webinar Series
The Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator was sunset in February 2020 and transitioned its educational functions to I2SL, including housing and maintaining the Smart Labs Toolkit. In addition, I2SL is hosting a three-part webinar series to share more information about best practices from Smart Labs Accelerator participants. These informational webinars are provided at no cost to encourage attendees to continue improving safety and efficiency in laboratories. You can view the recording of the first webinar on laboratory ventilation systems, presented by Tom Smith of 3Flow, or register for an upcoming webinar on evaporative cooling June 18, 2020.