Improve Laboratory Equipment Efficiency


Save energy with efficient laboratory equipment. Calculate and document baseline energy use of all qualifying laboratory equipment: Refrigerators, freezers, autoclaves, water baths, incubators, ovens, centrifuges, growth chambers, chromatographs, glass washers, spectrometers, thermal cyclers, vacuum pumps, process coolers.


  • Use ENERGY STAR labeled equipment where available.
  • Since equipment energy use can differ significantly across different laboratory types, an industry wide baseline does not exist. Work with lab users to identify equipment alternatives that are functionally equivalent from a user standpoint. Consider all domestic and foreign models available through US suppliers
  • The Labs21 equipment energy use form may be used to request data from manufacturers. (The form is available at Note that some manufacturers may require a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to provide these data.
  • ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals (2009) chapter 18 table 7 provides recommended heat gain from typical laboratory equipment and lists nameplate, peak and average watts for each type of equipment.
  • If energy use data is not available for comparison, use peak power rating for the equipment, taking into account all fuels that the equipment uses (not just electricity)

EA EPC Credit 1: Improve Laboratory Equipment Efficiency


Right-Size Laboratory Equipment Load


Right-size mechanical equipment by improving estimates of heat-gain from laboratory and process equipment.

  • Measure base usage of equipment electrical loads in a comparable laboratory space for each functional type of laboratory space, and design electrical and cooling systems based on these measurements.
  • Design electrical distribution system to provide for portable or permanent check metering of laboratory equipment electric consumption. Design for safe access to electrical feeder enclosures and provide sufficient space to attach clamp-on or split core current transformers


EA EPC Credit 2: Right-size Laboratory Equipment Load




All desktop computers, laptops, and computer monitors purchased by the University are required to have achieved a minimum Bronze-level registration or higher under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT® ), where applicable. Preference will be given for electronics products that have achieved EPEAT® Silver or EPEAT® Gold registration. The registration criteria and a list of all registered equipment are provided at

For all electronic equipment, the supplier will deliver the items to the University with energy efficiency and conservation features enabled and locations will work to ensure that features remain enabled.

The University seeks to compare the total cost of ownership when evaluating the cost of goods and services for the selection of suppliers. The total cost of ownership includes the initial purchase price and all other initial costs, including installation, freight, taxes and fees where applicable, operating cost, maintenance cost, warranty cost, collection, and end-of-life disposal or recycling costs.


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UC Sustainable Practices Policy