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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

Overview

Best Practices

  • Ensure autoclaves are full prior to running.
  • Install timers and water-misers to shut down autoclaves overnight, especially electrically heated models.
  • Set aside space for shared autoclaves when designing new laboratory spaces.
  • Choose the right size of autoclave to meet research needs. Choose research-grade autoclaves - rather than hospital sterilizers – for research labs where fewer sterilization cycles are needed. Countertop models use 1/50th the electricity of large floor models.

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Federal Requirements

Guiding Principles

  • Energy Efficiency ( Guiding Principles [NC])
    Section: II. Optimize Energy Performance

    From the Guiding Principles for NC: “Employ strategies that minimize energy usage. Focus on reducing energy loads before considering renewable or clean and alternative energy sources. Use energy efficient products as required by statute.”
    Determining Compliance: “For new construction, ensure energy efficiency is 30% better than the current ASHRAE 90.1 standard. For modernization, ensure: (1) energy use is 20% below the fiscal year (FY) 2015 energy use Baseline, (2) energy use is 30% below the FY 2003 energy use baseline, (3) the building has an ENERGY STAR® rating of 75 or higher, or (4) for building types not in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, where adequate benchmarking data exists, the building is in the top quartile of energy performance for its building type. For new construction and modernization, use energy efficient products, as required by statute.”

  • Energy Efficiency ( Guiding Principles [EB])
    Section: II. Optimize Energy Performance

    From the Guiding Principles for EB: “Employ strategies that minimize energy usage. Focus on reducing energy loads before considering renewable or clean and alternative energy sources. Use energy efficient products as required by statute.”
    Determining Compliance: “Ensure: (1) the building has an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 or higher, (2) energy use is 20% below the FY 2015 energy use baseline, (3) energy use is 30% below the FY 2003 energy use baseline, or (4) energy efficiency is 30% better than the current ASHRAE 90.1 standard. Use energy efficient products, as required by statute.”

  • Indoor Water Use ( Guiding Principles [EB])
    Section: <span>III. Protect and Conserve Water</span>

    Guiding Principles for EB: “Employ strategies that measure and minimize water usage, including:
    (i) Conduct an analysis and take action to monitor facility water use and identify and implement conservation opportunities.
    (ii) Purchase water conserving products, including WaterSense and FEMP-designated products, as required by statute.
    (iii) Install building level water meters to allow for the management of water use during occupancy, including detection of leaks.
    (iv) Optimize cooling tower operations.
    (v) Eliminate single pass cooling.”
    Determining Compliance: “Install building level water meters, reduce water use 20% below FY 2007 baseline, and use water efficient products, or install building level meters, conduct an analysis of water use, identify and repair leaks, eliminate single pass cooling, optimize cooling tower operations, and use water efficient products.”

    DOE’s Developing a Water Management Plan
    Federal Agency Implementation of Water Efficiency and Management Provisions of EO 13514

  • Indoor Water Use ( <span id="docs-internal-guid-f1e45d2e-bf65-7c2e-40d0-a289e4bd60e8"><span>Guiding Principles&nbsp;[NC]</span></span>)
    Section: <span id="docs-internal-guid-f1e45d2e-bf65-9c20-ef98-4a19229b4c15"><span>III. Protect and Conserve Water</span></span>

    Guiding Principles for NC: “Employ strategies that minimize water use and waste, including:
    (i) Purchase water conserving products, including WaterSense and FEMP-designated products, as required by statute.
    (ii) Install building level water meters to allow for the management of water use during occupancy, including detection of leaks.
    (iii) Optimize cooling tower operations.
    (iv) Eliminate single pass cooling.”
    Determining Compliance: “Install building level water meters, reduce water use 20% below FY 2007 baseline, and use water efficient products, or install building level meters, conduct an analysis of water use, identify and repair leaks, eliminate single pass cooling, optimize cooling tower operations, and use water efficient products.”

    WaterSense
    Federal Agency Implementation of Water Efficiency and Management Provisions of EO 13514