Smart Labs & Buildings Program

Our goal

Work with campus stakeholders to reduce energy usage in all state-funded buildings without compromising the health and safety of building occupants to meet UCOP President Janet Napolitano's carbon neutrality initative.  The Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) will assess the ventilation needs of building occupants based on how the space is being utilized and the type of work being conducted in space.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Smart Labs & Buildings Program is UCLA’s commitment to UC President Janet Napolitano’s initiative for the UC system to become carbon neutral by 2025.  The term “smart” refers to the technology being added to building systems as well as the approach to how the program will generate energy savings.  In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, Facilities Mangement (FM) and EH&S are working together to ensure the retro-commissioning process to make buildings more energy efficient does not impact the health and safety of the building occupants.

Industrial Hygienists (EH&S), Project Managers (Facilities Management - Design & Project Management), and Energy Engineers (Facilities Management - Energy Services)

All state-funded buildings on campus excluding UCLA Health Systems managed locations, ASUCLA, AGSM, Athletics, and Housing.

Even though the goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, the program will continue to re-visit buildings to ensure the energy conservation measures are being maintained and update data/information that may have changed since the last ventiatlion risk assessment was performed.

EH&S, Facilites Management staff, and vendors contracted by the Smart Labs & Buildings Program.

 

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has two specialists dedicated to assessing the energy usage in each of the buildings who work in cooperation with Facilities Management (FM) – Design, Project Management & Operations (DPMO) to implement changes to improve building energy efficiency.

EH&S and/or FM staff will coordinate with building occupants and/or the buildings manager prior to entering.  Once arrangements are made, there may be several visits by various personnel from the program.

The assessments will vary in each building based on the occupants and the type of operations done in the workspace.  Due to the complexity of laboratory operations, research buildings will require more time for the assessment process than classroom or auditorium spaces.  Our goals are to complete the assessment as efficiently as possible and to ensure any modifications do not affect worker safety or research.

EH&S will be conducting a ventilation risk assessment to determine the ventilation needs of the activities/operations done in every space of the building.  EH&S will also use the opportunity to communicate with occupants about space utilization, facility-related issues, and promoting the goals of the program.

There may be minor disruptions due to the installation of sensors and other equipment, but we will coordinate with occupants to minimize the impact on work done in the space.  The room temperature may feel cooler/warmer than usual due to the implementation of the campus temperature setpoint 68°F-76°F.  The air may feel stagnant at first when entering a space that is transitioning from an unoccupied to occupied mode for ventilation.

The scope of the Smart Labs & Building Program is to assess the ventilation needs based on the activities and operations conducted in the space.  Although safety concerns may come up during the assessment process, the Smart Labs & Buildings Program will convey those concerns to the appropriate EH&S research safety group.

  1. Keep your doors closed at all times
  2. Utilize engineering controls to mitigate exposure to hazardous materials
  3. Close the fume hood sash when not in-use
  4. Ensure lab equipment is placed in a suitable location and maintained on an annual basis