Balancing Safety and Savings at Stanford’s Chem-Bio Lab

About This Project

Laboratory Retrofit Identifies 22% Operating Cost Savings


Stanford University has an aggressive program to reduce their carbon footprint and as part of that effort they are assessing their portfolio on a building-by-building basis. kW Engineering was selected in a competitive solicitation to find cost-effective ways to reduce the energy consumption in the Lokey building, an 85,000 sf chemistry and biology lab facility.


Calibrated Simulation Used to Estimate Potential


Our final package of recommended measures incorporates retrofits to the lab airflow controls according to ANSI Z9.5 – 2012 best practices, including fume hood standby airflow reductions, high performance hood sash panels, and updates to the Phoenix controls system.


Energy Efficiency Measures

  • Fume hood standby airflow reduction
  • High-performance hood sash panels
  • HVAC Controls RCx
  • HVAC Controls Upgrade
  • EC motor retrofit
  • Adaptive refrigeration controls
  • EC motors + adaptive controls


Additional Energy Saving Projects at Stanford


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Annual Energy Savings

400,000 kWh

Utility Incentives Identified


Estimated Payback

5 years, omitting HVAC Controls Upgrade (Capital Intensive)
10 years, including HVAC Controls Upgrade

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