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- Ensure refrigerators and freezers run efficiently through regular maintenance. Remove excess frost or defrost when ice is more than .25” thick, check door seals, and keep filters and coils free of dust.
- Share refrigerator and freezer units with neighboring labs or consolidate and unplug units within a lab.
- Clean out material that is no longer needed to create space and reduce the need for additional units.
- Inventory and label samples and post map of contents on freezer to reduce search time. Better yet, use a sample storage database that is integrated into the experimental protocol, including expiration dates.
- Encourage users to minimize the number of door openings and the length of time door is open by knowing exactly where their samples are located.
- Store DNA at -20 degrees Celsius. It is robust and does not require ultra-low temperatures.
- When it is time to upgrade or retire a piece of equipment, choose the most energy efficient model and smallest size per cubic foot of volume required. If precise temperature controls are not required, purchase an Energy Star residential refrigerator unit instead of buying a less efficient lab-grade refrigerator.
- Locate freezers away from thermostats to avoid distorting their temperature readings.
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Products ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 5.3</span>)
“Procure and utilize construction materials and building supplies that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their life cycle when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.”
See the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) for federal requirements by product type.
Whole Building Design Guide | Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers
EPA Greener Products and Services
2018 IgCC Section 901
Energy Efficiency ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 2.1</span>)
“Comply with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements that establish Federal building energy efficiency standards and require the purchase, installation, and use of energy efficient products. Employ strategies that continue to optimize energy performance and minimize energy use throughout the operation and life of the building.”
DOE FEMP | Energy- and Water-Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1
Ozone Depleting Compounds ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 5.4</span>)
“Comply with all relevant statutory requirements and rules that establish substitutes for ozone-depleting substances.”
See EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program for alternatives and view relevant product categories on the GPC.
2018 IgCC Section 901.3.3 (9.3.3) Refrigerants