Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) Laboratory
89,922 gross square feet (GSF)
FY 2016: 255,390 Btu per GSF
16.8% reduction from FY 2003 baseline
FY 2016: 17.54 gallons per GSF
40.1% reduction from FY 2007 baseline
Narragansett, Rhode Island
AED Laboratory is a state-of-the-art aquatic research facility of EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory under the Office of Research and Development.
- The facility is undertaking a multi-phase infrastructure replacement project (IRP) to upgrade mechanical, electrical and laboratory equipment with more efficient systems. As part of the IRP, the laboratory plans to install a ground source heat pump that will use geothermal energy to provide heating and cooling to support the facility and provide winter process cooling for the seawater system.
- EPA developed a Sustainable Site Master Plan to provide a clear path for its phased laboratory modernization projects, which included reducing lawn mowing and replacing vegetation with native, non-invasive plant species that encourage healthy foliage growth.
- The facility has a green roof and 1,200-gallon cistern to capture excess stormwater runoff through roof drains, and AED reuses the water for irrigation during dry periods.
- A 5 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) array helps offset some of the laboratory’s energy use. In FY 2016, the renewable energy system generated 3,060 kWh.