Smart Buildings & Labs Program

Cogeneration Plant

Program Mission

Deliver sustainable energy savings while maintaining a safe working environment in exisiting, state-funded buildings

What is a Smart Building/Lab?

A Smart Building/Lab is designed to operate with intelligence and align with campus energy conservation initiatives while maintaining a safe working environment for impacted stakeholders.

Why was the program created?

The program was created to help meet UC Office of the President Janet Napolitano’s carbon neutrality initiative and UC’s sustainability practices policy. Additionally, the cogeneration plant is near its capacity limit. Originally constructed in 1993, the plant has since taken on supporting an additional 42% increase to the campus square footage. 

  • Who operates the program?
  • The program is a UCLA Facilities Management (FM)-driven effort, with members from the following units:

    •  Energy Services (Manages campus utilities)
    •  Design & Project Management (Project management and construction lead)
    •  Maintenance & Alterations (Maintains and operates campus utilities)
    •  Industrial Hygienist (Maintains health and safety of building occupants)
  • What is the process for converting a building into a Smart Building/Lab?
  • Smart Building & Labs Program - Workflow
  • What is the Laboratory Ventilation Risk Assessment (LVRA)?
  • The LVRA is a process conducted by the Industrial Hygienist to determine the ventilation needs based on laboratory operations, the facility design, and the engineering controls in the space.
  • What are Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) and how will they impact building occupants in Smart Buildings/Labs?
  • ECMs are identified during the energy audit conducted by an outside energy consultant and proposed to the program as opportunities to reduce energy usage and increase energy efficiency in the building.

    Most ECMs will go unnoticed, but the following are ECMs that will impact building occupants in Smart Buildings/Labs:

    •  Ventilation
              •  The ventilation rate will be reduced to a minimum when the space becomes unoccupied
              •  Air may feel stale when first entering a space that has been unoccupied for hours
              •  Ventilation will make less noise when operating at lower ventilation rates
              •  Building hours of operations in non-research buildings will be the key to reducing energy usage and increasing energy efficiency
    •  Temperature
              •  Temperature may feel warmer/cooler when first entering a space that has been unoccupied for hours
              •  The ventilation system will maintain temperature set points implemented by Facilities Management
              •  Comfort issues in spaces may be attributed to large equipment heat loads as well as space layout and utilization
    •  Occupancy Sensors
              •  Ventilation and lighting operations will be connected to occupancy sensors
              •  Re-programming system will ensure occupancy sensors work in conjunction with space occupancy and operations
    •  Door & Window Sensors
              •  Ventilation will turn off when a door or window is opened for natural ventilation
    •  LED Lighting
              •  Light intensity may differ from what building occupants were accustomed to in the past
              •  Lighting will turn off when the space becomes unoccupied

    Click here for more information regarding the ECM impacts
  • Will the Smart Buildings/Labs Program fix the facility, safety issues in my space?
  • Even though facility and safety issues are identified during the assessment process, the program's funding is dedicated specifically towards energy conservation measures.  All facility and safety issues outside the scope of energy will be communicated to the responsible stakeholder to address either separately or in parallel with the program's efforts.
  • What can I do to assist with the Smart Buildings/Labs Program efforts?
  • •  Communicate space/building issues through the appropriate channels
              •  Urgent Repairs for issues requiring immediate response from Facilities Management
              •  Service Requests for all other facility issues via online or the UCLA 311 Application
              •  Facilities Service Request (FSR) for anything beyond the core functions of the building maintenance and operations
              •  EH&S for safety-related issues in the building

    •  Utilize spaces appropriately as designed, not as intended
              • Improper use of the space may not create comfort and/or ventilation issues in neighboring/adjacent spaces as well
              • If comfort and/or ventilation issues persist, an FSR may need to be submitted to upgrade the system in the space

    •  Plan and schedule work in spaces ahead of time
              • Ventilation systems in non-research buildings will operate based on the Smart HVAC Scheduling Program
              • There is great potential for increasing energy efficiency by ventilating based on occupancy and operations (demand ventilation)

    •  Be aware that the building system has limitations and is impacted by the habits of building occupants
              • Turn off the lights when the last to leave a space
              • Keep doors to the building's main corridors closed at all times
  • Who do I contact if I have more questions about the program?
  • Please email any questions, comments or concerns to [email protected]