Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill Laboratory
Total Facility Area: 136,786 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 120 persons
FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 78,004,950,696 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 570,270
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 95,543,654,508 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 698,490; 22.5 percent increase from the baseline
FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 1,998,000 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 14.6
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 1,954,000 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 14.3; 2.2 percent reduction from the baseline
All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2012.1
*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 Human Studies Division (HSD) at the Chapel Hill Laboratory conducts clinical research and studies on the causes and spread of diseases to improve the understanding of human health risks associated with environmental pollution. HSD is part of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). The division comprises approximately 55 federal employees and is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). UNC's Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology has a cooperative agreement with HSD and is co-located in the facility.
In addition to this facility, EPA occupies several other buildings in the Research Triangle Park area, including:
- Main Building
- First Environments Early Learning Center
- National Computer Center
- National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Unique Environmental Features
- In May 2010, EPA kicked off a project to develop a conceptual design for the Chapel Hill Laboratory. A conceptual design is an engineering planning exercise that incorporates an energy assessment but also accounts for architectural and construction project phasing. It covers the entire building, from the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems to the walls, windows, and building envelope. A conceptual design also accounts for building occupants' potential growth over the next 10-15 years. The conceptual design will synthesize findings from past energy assessments and future research needs to guide future building modification plans and energy conservation projects at this facility.
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at the Chapel Hill Laboratory with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- In February 2009, EPA completed a water management plan for the Chapel Hill Laboratory (PDF) (27 pp, 1.0MB, About PDF).
For More Information About This Facility
Alex Montilla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mail Code: C604-01
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone: (919) 541-0324