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Laboratory owners and operators rarely know how their building operating costs compare to similar facilities. Benchmarks provide this measure of performance, helping personnel to identify potential cost-saving opportunities. However, laboratories are difficult to assess because many have unique characteristics.

HEEPI has developed a Carbon and Energy Benchmarking Tool which allows laboratory managers to compare the performance of their laboratory facilities to similar facilities and thereby help identify potential energy cost savings opportunities. This Excel spreadsheet collates energy consumption, calculates carbon dioxide emissions, compares performance with relevant Carbon Trust, HEFCE and HEEPI energy benchmarks (see below), and ranks campus buildings by their cost saving or carbon dioxide reduction potential.

HEEPI have produced updated energy benchmarks for different types of laboratories, based on a workshop held at the University of Warwick on 26 April 2007. Click here to view HEEPI's Laboratory Benchmarks.

The US Labs21 initiative has developed an Energy Benchmarking Tool to allow its partners to compare the energy performance of their laboratory facilities with others, in terms of energy use metrics (e.g. BTU/sf/y) as well as system metrics (e.g. W/cfm). It has also published several papers on the process of laboratory benchmarking.

The US Labs21 initiative has also published several papers on the process of laboratory benchmarking.