balancing safety & sustainability

Sustainable Lab Retrofit Results in Big Operating Cost Savings





22% savings from controls retrofit at higher ed lab

We helped this distinguished California university find cost-effective ways to reduce the energy consumption in a 85,000 sf chemistry and biology lab facility.

annual hot water savings


annual chilled water savings


annual electric savings


utility savings identified


annual electric (kWh) savings


the road to sustainability

This prestigious University in California 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. The University wanted to target projects for a more sustainable lab building.


Our final package of recommended measures incorporated 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


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

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