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Smart Buildings and Labs Program


Program Mission

Deliver sustainable energy savings while maintaining a safe working environment in existing, 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’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 (Oversight for health and safety of building occupants)
  • What is the process for converting a building into a Smart Building/Lab?
  • Smart Buildings 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
              •  Ventilation will make less noise when operating at lower ventilation rates
              •  Ventilation in non-research buildings/areas will operate on a schedule based on the building's hours of operation
    •  Temperature
              •  Facilities Management will reinforce the campus standard for temperature set points
              •  Existing comfort issues may be attributed to large equipment, layout, and/or use of space
    •  Occupancy Sensors
              •  Ventilation and lighting operations will be connected to occupancy sensors
              •  Occupancy sensors will detect both motion and sound
    •  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
              •  Call in urgent issues requiring immediate response from Facilities Management at (310) 825-9236
              •  Service Requests for all other facility issues via online or the UCLA 311 Application
              •  Facilities Service Request (FSR) for any addition, replacement, and/or removal impacting the building
              •  EH&S for safety-related issues in the building

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

    •  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

    •  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