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Labs21 US seeks to create environmental showcase laboratories by encouraging laboratory owners, operators, and designers to adopt the "Labs21 Approach." This strategy involves taking an initial evaluation of a laboratory's energy use from a comprehensive perspective when considering efficiency improvements. This requires focusing on all of a laboratory's energy systems and wastes, including its HVAC and electrical power supply, rather than focusing on specific energy-using components.

Such an approach allows laboratory owners and operators to pursue integrated energy and water conservation measures with significantly higher efficiencies and cost savings than the traditional approach of addressing components sequentially or individually.

For ease of reference Labs21 UK has summarised the key information on the individual energy-using components of a laboratory. These should not be read in isolation, since their impacts on overall energy consumption are inextricably linked. Use the navigation bar on the left hand side to find out more about some of the key energy-intensive components in laboratories.