Laboratories  for  the  21st Century (Labs21®)
      dedicated to improving the performance
      and sustainability of our nation's laborato-
ries and high-performance facilities. Co-spon-
sored by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE), Labs21 provides facility designers, engi-
neers, owners, and facility managers with tools,
resources, and innovative solutions for design-
ing, constructing, and maintaining sustainable
laboratory facilities.
  The Labs21 Approach to sustainable laborato-
ries employs a "whole building" perspective.
Improving energy efficiency and environmental
performance requires examining the entire facili-
ty, not just one part of it. Labs21 offers profes-
sionals worldwide an extraordinary opportunity
for information exchange and education through
three interactive components:
• Partnership Program
• Training and Education
• Tool Kit



  The Labs21 Partner program helps encourage
the development of sustainable, high-perform-
ance, and low-energy laboratories by offering
technical expertise during the design phase of
specific projects. Partner organizations receive
project-specific technical support from the
Labs21 team of experts from Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory and the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory throughout their project(s).
All public and private sector laboratory owners
in the United States are invited to sign their
facilities up to be a Labs21 Partner as a way to
integrate sustainability into their new or retrofit
laboratory project.


   Supporters are an integral part of Labs21,
helping EPA and DOE promote sustainable labo-
ratories and raise awareness within different
industry sectors. Trade associations, energy serv-
ices contractors, architecture/engineering firms,
and independent energy consultants are all
invited to champion the program as Labs21 Sup-
porters. Through this voluntary partnership
role, Supporters have the opportunity to pro-
mote forward-thinking laboratory construction
and design, while sharing their expertise with
the global community.

Centers  of Excellence

   Labs21 Centers of Excellence are independent
laboratories run by organizations that share the
goals and objectives of the Labs21 program. The
Centers help implement and promote the goals of
Labs21 by conducting research, demonstration
projects, and educational initiatives to foster a
new generation of sustainable laboratories.



  Since 1999, Labs21 has hosted an annual con-
ference that allows laboratory professionals to
meet and discuss the challenges and opportuni-
ties facing laboratories. Attendees include archi-
tects, engineers, facility managers, laboratory
owners, university representatives, equipment
manufacturers, and others within the laboratory
and high-tech facility community. From techni-
cal sessions, a poster session, workshops, tours,
and symposia, to the successful Technology and
Services Fair, the Labs21 Annual Conference
offers an increasingly significant forum for the
high-performance building industry. The Labs21
Annual Conference is co-sponsored by the Inter-
national Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
(I2SL),  a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


  Labs21, through co-sponsor, I2SL, provides  a
range of training and educational opportunities
for laboratory professionals. These courses,
which  cover topics ranging from the architecture
of high-performance laboratories to the energy-
efficient design process, are taught by seasoned
laboratory designers, energy managers, and facil-
ities professionals.  Labs21 currently offers four
• Labs21 Introductory Course: High-Perfor-
  mance, Low-Energy Design
• Labs21 Advanced Course: Laboratory Ventila-
  tion and Design
• Labs21 Workshop: Environmental Perfor-
  mance Criteria
• Labs21 Workshop: Operations and Maintenance
  These courses and others are offered at various
locations throughout the year. Visit the Labs21
Web site for a complete list of courses, dates, and

  The Labs21 program offers a Tool Kit of
resources to support the design, construction,
and operation of high-performance laboratories.
These resources are all available electronically on
the Labs21 Web site.
  Current tools include the following:
  For an overview:
• Introduction to Low-Energy Design
  This publication introduces the basic issues
  associated with energy consumption in labora-
  tories and summarizes key opportunities to
  improve or optimize  energy performance.

• Labs21 Video
  This 20-minute DVD uses case studies to illus-
  trate high-performance laboratory design.

  Core informational resources:
• A Design Guide for Energy-Efficient
  Research Laboratories
  This guide is a searchable reference that helps
  the user identify and apply energy efficiency
  features in laboratories. The information in the
  guide is drawn from  direct facilities engineer-
  ing experience and an extensive literature
  search of more than 230 research papers, con-
  ference proceedings, design texts, case studies,
  recommended practice, and manufacturers'

• Best Practice Guides
  A series of best practice guides provide infor-
  mation on specific technologies that promote
  energy efficiency and sustainability in labora-
  tories. The guides include information from
  applications of these technologies in various
  laboratory facilities and highlight quantifiable
  performance goals and possible methods to
  achieve them.

Case Studies
Labs21 has developed case studies on several
facilities that have implemented high-perform-
ance design features into new or retrofit labo-
ratory projects. The case studies include
building- and system-level energy perform-
ance data.
Energy Benchmarking
This Web-based database tool allows users to
compare the energy performance of their labo-
ratory facilities to similar facilities, in terms of
energy use metrics (e.g., BTU/sf/yr) as well as
system metrics (e.g., W/cfm), and, thereby,
help identify potential energy cost-saving

Design Process Tools:
Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC)
The EPC is a point-based rating system that
evaluates the environmental sustainability of
laboratory facilities. The EPC builds on the
U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
green building rating system, and includes
criteria pertaining to site development, water
use, energy efficiency, material use, and
indoor environmental quality for laboratories.

Design Intent Tool
This database tool provides a structured
approach to recording design decisions that
impact a laboratory's energy efficiency. Own-
ers, designers, and commissioning agents can
plan, monitor, and verify that a facility's
design intent is being met during each stage of
the design process.
•  Process Manual
   This Web-based manual provides step-by-step
   guidance on the design process laboratory,
   leveraging the Labs21 tools. It includes a
   checklist of process-related action items for
   each stage of the building design and delivery
   process, with links to relevant Labs21 tools for
   each action item and a "quick reference" list
   of sustainable design strategies, with links to
   Labs21 EPC credits, Best Practice Guides, the
   Design Guide, and Case Studies.


Join the Labs21  Network
   This database contains more than 5,000 labora-
tory professionals from around the world that
have attended Labs21 conferences or workshops
or are otherwise interested in the program.
Become a member of the Labs21 Network. To sign
up, visit .

   For more information on Labs21 and the
resources described in this document, please
visit  or contact us at
703-841-2194 or .