Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Archive
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Chapel Hill Laboratory
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Chapel Hill Laboratory in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. View the laboratory's current facility page.
Unique Environmental Features
- In July 2003, EPA completed an energy audit, which included recommendations to recommission the building. EPA initiated minor aspects of the recommissioning in late summer 2004, and by December 2005, three of five air handling units (AHUs) had been rehabilitated and upgraded. In FY 2005, EPA assigned additional operations and maintenance (O&M) staff to this building to assist with a backlog of routine and preventative maintenance issues. Energy use has dropped significantly because of these efforts, with the Chapel Hill Laboratory reducing energy use 12.5 percent in FY 2006 from FY 2005. EPA completed the design for the two remaining, largest AHUs in May 2007 and plans to award a contract for the implementation of one of the AHU system improvements by the end of FY 2007.
- On November 1, 2004, EPA entered into a three-year agreement with Unicoi Energy Services, to purchase 100 million kilowatt hours of green power in the form of renewable energy certificates annually. The contract helped support the generation of biomass power from paper pulp facilities in Port Wentworth, Georgia. The purchase offset 100 percent of the electricity consumption at all of EPA's RTP facilities, including the Chapel Hill Laboratory.