Labs consume far more energy per square foot than non-science buildings. Our Cambridge campus labs account for about 25% of total building square footage and 50% of utility usage. The ten most energy-intensive FAS buildings are laboratories, though not all belong to CCB.
Why are labs so energy intensive? Typically, labs receive 4 to 15 air changes (of outside air) per hour. Outdoor air must be conditioned (i.e., heated or cooled) to levels acceptable to a lab's occupants, and, in the Boston climate, this requires a significant amount of energy. In addition to their special conditioning needs, labs also house substantial equipment that require high amounts of electricity to function.
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