Region 2 Laboratory
273,214 gross square feet (GSF)
FY 2016: 114,181 Btu per GSF
10.9% reduction from FY 2003 baseline
FY 2016: 8.94 gallons per GSF
45.7% reduction from FY 2007 baseline
Edison, New Jersey
The laboratory supports: the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management's Environmental Response Branch; the Office of Research and Development’s Release Control Branch; the Regional Environmental Science and Assessment Division; the Regional Enforcement and Compliance Assistance Division’s Pesticides and Toxic Substances Programs; and the Regional Emergency and Remedial Response Division’s Emergency Preparedness Programs.
- The laboratory has two solar water-heating systems that are the primary source of hot water for specific facility areas. Because the building relies on the electrical systems only for auxiliary water heating when necessary, the solar heaters allow the facility to use less electricity.
- EPA constructed an experimental parking lot and rain garden as part of a long-term research project to quantify the effects of different permeable surfaces on stormwater runoff and the ability of rain gardens to accept, store and infiltrate stormwater.
- EPA installed a 1.5-megawatt photovoltaic system at the laboratory as part of a project that combined an energy savings performance contract and a power purchase agreement. The system is expected to meet up to 40 percent of the laboratory’s electricity demand.