Space Planning and Energy Efficiency in Laboratory Spaces: the Role of Spatial and Temporal Diversity

F Musau, K Steemers

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Abstract

This work investigates the degrees to which energy use in laboratory buildings may be influenced by interior space planning and/or the ways space is used. The potential influences of typical open, mixed, and closed layouts and their space utilisation densities/intensities are investigated on a good practice base case shell using the TAS, Lightscape, and Excel software packages. The results indicate load variations (potential savings) generally within a range of 40\% (i.e. - + 20\% of the respective base cases loads), except for the effect of open vs. closed planning, which is up to 73\%. This indicates that the different ways in which users, activities and systems can be organised against space-to-space environmental diversity, are significant determinants of the energy performance of laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281--292
Number of pages12
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Volume50
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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