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NEB Builds Carbon Neutral Lab

Carbon neutral laboratory building

EBI Provides Services

Ipswich, MA – New England Biolabs (NEB) retained EBI Consulting to perform services to achieve carbon-neutral operations for a 220,000sf laboratory building and various buildings located on the campus.

The first phase of the project consisted of understanding the current carbon footprint created by NEB by performing energy audits, energy models, and carbon footprint calculations. These services helped identify the current carbon footprint of the campus, and to further understand all opportunities to achieve energy efficiency.

Carbon footprint calculations were performed by assessing utility bills from the last 12 months and calculating the carbon impact for direct fuel combustion and company-owned vehicles, purchased electricity, and indirect impacts including waste disposal, travel, and project use.

Additionally, policies, data, and staff surveys regarding transportation, recycling and other carbon impacts were also used to assess NEB’s carbon footprint. After the data was collected, EBI updated an initial 2016 carbon footprint assessment with the newly retained information gathered within the last 12 months.

An ASHRAE level I energy audit was performed to identify low-cost/no-cost energy-saving opportunities. EBI completed a building walk-through to document HVAC capacities, building construction, materials, space function, usage, building system operation, and lighting density.

Based on the findings that were observed during the walk-through, EBI compiled a list of low-cost and no-cost energy measures that can be developed for NEB to achieve its carbon-neutral goals. In addition to providing a low-cost and no-cost list, EBI included additional investments that NEB could utilize to reduce carbon dioxide and energy use.

An energy model was also generated via eQuest, a software maintained by the department of energy, to evaluate future energy conservation measures. The model categorized energy used in the building to offset heat loss or gain through the building envelope, condition ventilation air, equipment loads, and other energy use from the HVAC and lighting systems.

This type of reporting is pertinent, as it is used to understand the energy profile and opportunities for savings.