Deep Energy Efficiency Program

In November 2013, University of California President Janet Napolitano launched the initiative to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 for all campuses of the UC System.  The initiative proposes four efforts that will enable UCLA and rest of the UC campuses to achieve carbon neutrality: wholesale electricity, campus energy efficiency & renewable energy, natural gas & biogas procurement, and management of environmental attributes.  To address campus energy efficiency, UCLA assembled a team of specialists with backgrounds in laboratory safety, industrial hygiene, engineering and project management to run the Deep Energy Efficiency Program.

The Deep Energy Efficiency Program will assess the energy usage in almost all the buildings on campus.  As it currently stands, the energy systems in many of the buildings are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of whether they are occupied or not.  The goal of our Deep Energy Efficiency Program is to reduce energy usage in buildings through the use of modernized “smart” building management systems. To assist in this process EH&S will gather data using an industrial hygiene based building assessment process.

In order for UCLA to successfully achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, the Deep Energy Efficiency Program will evaluate almost everyone’s workspace on campus.  The focus of the program is to identify how and where energy usage could be reduced without compromising your safety and research programs.  You will be contacted by our dedicated Deep Energy Specialists to schedule a time when we can visit your laboratories or classroom spaces to conduct a thorough assessment of each area.

Our goal

To provide you with ongoing communication as we proceed with this project.  In the near future we will be providing you with a link to a new Deep Energy website containing pertinent information and contact details should you have questions and/or comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Deep Energy Efficiency Program is UCLA’s commitment to UC President Janet Napolitano’s initiative for the UC system to become carbon neutral by 2025.  The term “deep” refers to the savings UCLA anticipates by reducing the energy usage in the vast majority of campus buildings.  In order to achieve this goal, buildings will be recommissioned to make them more energy efficient.  Because anyone working in the buildings will see some changes to their working environment, Facilities Management and EH&S are committed to working together to educate our campus and provide information on those changes to make this a positive improvement for the campus infrastructure, our faculty, students and staff that are affected by these changes. 

This project currently includes over 100 state-funded buildings on campus.  This does not include UCLA Health Systems managed locations, ASUCLA, AGSM, Athletics, or Housing.

Project completion is scheduled for 2025, and after the first phase of assessment and modification, all building systems will require constant maintenance to ensure the plan to reduce energy usage is effective and sustainable.

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has two specialists dedicated to assessing the energy usage in each of the buildings who work in cooperation with Facilities Management (FM) – Design, Project Management & Operations (DPMO) to implement changes to improve building energy efficiency.

EH&S and/or FM staff will coordinate with lab personnel prior to entering.  Once arrangements are made, there may be several visits by various staff.

The assessments will vary in each building based on the occupants and the type of operations done in the workspace.  Due to the complexity of laboratory operations, research buildings will require more time for the assessment process than classroom or auditorium spaces.  Our goals are to complete the assessment as efficiently as possible and to ensure any modifications do not affect worker safety or research.

A comprehensive laboratory ventilation risk assessment of the lab spaces and a ventilation survey of non-lab spaces will be conducted by the dedicated EH&S specialists.  The assessment includes a survey of the operations and experiments in the lab and the exposure control devices used.  This includes the general ventilation as well as chemical fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, gloveboxes, etc. Following the survey, EH&S may conduct chemical monitoring or sampling to determine airborne concentrations of chemicals used in the lab, and whether or not the ventilation system can be automated to reduce energy usage while the lab is unoccupied and/or during off-business hours and if the operations do not pose a safety hazard.

There may be minor disruptions due to the installation of sensors and other equipment, but we will coordinate with occupants to minimize the impact on work done in the space.

The scope of the Deep Energy Efficiency Program is to assess the general ventilation in each lab space and evaluate the equipment/procedures affected by this initiative.  Although safety concerns may come up during the assessment process, the Deep Energy Team will convey those concerns to the appropriate EH&S research safety group.

If lab operations run at night and/or on the weekends, then the sensor system will detect the occupancy, and the ventilation will ramp up to the pre-set occupancy air change rate for the lab.

  1. Keep your doors closed at all times
  2. Utilize engineering controls to mitigate exposure to hazardous materials
  3. Close the fume hood sash when not in-use
  4. Ensure lab equipment is placed in a suitable location and maintained on an annual basis