New England Regional Laboratory (NERL)
Total Facility Area: 69,349 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 82 persons
FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 21,546,591,830 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 313,958
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 17,787,343,600 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 256,490; 18.3 percent reduction from the baseline
FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 1,166,400 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 16.8
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 870,150 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 12.5; 25.4 percent reduction from the baseline
All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2012.
*FY 2003 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure energy conservation progress.
**FY 2007 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure water conservation progress.
The New England Regional Laboratory (NERL) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, houses Region 1 and the Office of Environmental Measurement and Evaluation, and conducts chemical and biological laboratory analysis of environmental samples.
Unique Environmental Features
- The laboratory features variable air volume fume hoods and ventilation systems, an active and passive solar design, and extensive recycled material content.
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at NERL with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- In 2001, EPA installed solar energy-producing window awnings as part of NERL's active and passive solar design. The facility's solar awnings generated 678 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in fiscal year (FY) 2012.
- In February 2003, NERL received LEED® 1.0 Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- NERL meets the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (Guiding Principles) due to its existing LEED certification.
- In June 2010, EPA completed a revision to NERL's water management plan (PDF) (20 pp, 286K, About PDF).
- At NERL, a stormwater treatment system collects runoff from the site’s parking lot storm drains and separates sediment and oil from stormwater. Water from impervious surfaces flows into an underground chamber, where a vortex enhances gravitational settling of sediment. An oil baffle wall then removes oils and other floatables before treated water is released through a flow control chamber into the stormwater pipe system.
For More Information About This Facility
Learn more about NERL's green building features and operations, including an environmental management system aimed at reducing the laboratory's environmental impacts while operating with greater efficiency and control, by visiting its Green Building Design Page.
Michael Kenyon, Laboratory Director
Phone: (617) 918-8317
Scott Pellerin, Environmental Compliance Lead
Phone: (617) 918-8678
New England Regional Laboratory
11 Technology Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01863-2431