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Sustainable Master Planning at Corvallis' Western Ecology Division Laboratory

Photo of the laboratory in Corvallis, OR.

The Western Ecology Division Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon.

In May 2005, EPA began work on a sustainable master plan for large-scale renovations at its Western Ecology Division (WED) Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. This plan focuses on updating critical systems and improving energy efficiency at the laboratory.

Photo of HVAC and BAS panels.

Installing the laboratory's new HVAC and BAS control panels.

The sustainable master plan concentrates on replacing the facility's outdated heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, which currently utilizes inefficient fume hoods that limit building energy performance. The updated HVAC system will incorporate high-performance fume hoods, along with other energy efficiency improvements (e.g., window glazing), which will help enhance heating and cooling effectiveness in the building.

The plan also focuses on updating the laboratory's control systems to optimize energy use and improve heating and cooling distribution throughout the building. As part of this upgrade, the laboratory will receive a state-of-the-art building automation system (BAS) that will employ nighttime setbacks to reduce energy demand after operating hours.

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