Now at FLEXLAB®
Genentech and Webcor
On May 21, 2015, the biotech company Genentech cut the ribbon on a new building designed to maximize energy efficiency and employee comfort, with assistance from FLEXLAB at Berkeley Lab.
Webcor Builders constructed and equipped a section of Genentech’s new building on FLEXLAB’s large-scale rotating test bed, including furniture, façade systems, flooring, lighting and ceiling systems.
Together the Genentech design team and Berkeley Lab researchers used FLEXLAB to prove the performance of an ambitious design to deliver a state-of- the-art building that sets a new bar for energy efficiency and comfort.
Genentech estimates that this new building will be approximately 30 percent more efficient, based in part on the data collected with the FLEXLAB experiment. In fact, the building ultimately provided 70 percent efficiency per employee.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company is at the forefront offering incentives to homeowners and businesses. Traditionally incentives have been piecemeal – such as incentives for energy efficient refrigerators, HVAC systems, boilers or chillers.
PG&E is working with an advisory committee to identify system-scale efficiency improvements that make best sense for most businesses. It is testing alternatives in FLEXLAB®, starting with innovations in building envelopes, lighting and shading.
“Compared to the usual ‘widget’ approach of offering incentives for single pieces of equipment, utilities are finding the next generation of energy efficiency technology – which covers whole systems, or even many systems at once-- is an order of magnitude more complex. FLEXLAB® will help them get a handle on this,” said FLEXLAB® Project Director Cindy Regnier. “And that opens the door to new and renovated buildings that are dramatically more energy efficient.”