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Maximize Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Photos.  The top square photo hows the outside wall of a black industrial building with three lines of windows. A tree stands in the foreground with a clear blue sky. The middle circular picture shows a brick and metal laboratory with a green landscape in the foreground and a clear blue sky backdrop. The bottom square picture shows the front wall of a metal building with an entrance. Green square-shaped icon graphic with a white building in the center representing buildings.

Buildings on a research campus, especially laboratory buildings, often represent the most cost-effective opportunities for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. To understand available options for climate action plans, campuses can evaluate the following:

Once all savings have been wrung from energy efficiency in buildings, further greenhouse gas reductions can be attained through distributed energy resource installations. These technologies include distributed solar systems on rooftops or on top of parking structures.