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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

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3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-m-by-6.6-m-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses.

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2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 3% from 2013, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.9% since January 2013. Construction costs are expected to rise around 3% during 2014, extending into year 2015.

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Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

August 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Dan Watch, AIA, LEED AP | Comments

Over the next five years, the varied disciplines of biomedical research will evolve and change in ways that reflect the significant changes in healthcare and medical education. Designing and planning truly state-of-the-art labs is essential not only to keeping institutions competitive and supporting breakthrough science, but also to representing the science conducted in these buildings.

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Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Comments

Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.

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The future of science and technology

August 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and Tyler Virden, Windover Construction | Comments

The mandate of flexible, interdisciplinary teaching and learning spaces is becoming a common provision in the design of today’s academic science buildings. Designers must interpret an institution’s need for flexibility beyond a basic lab planning or classroom module. A strong understanding of adaptable design can help facilitate a model of interdisciplinary study that extends beyond campus boundaries.

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Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Comments

Too many projects start with high hopes by all parties involved, just to find that once the building is completed, it fails to meet performance expectations and is harder to operate than envisioned. This is frustrating for most team players, but none more than the owner. This article focuses on the concept of soft landing and how it can help the successful transition operation of a building.

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A researcher’s lab

August 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

It’s a known fact that lab design hasn’t always focused on researchers. It wasn’t until a decade ago that facilities have grown and evolved to accommodate researcher’s needs when planning lab space. As labs are very equipment- and infrastructure-intensive, placing them in the core of a building sometimes seems logical as they may have shorter duct and utility runs, light sensitivity and provide efficient circulation for material and waste.

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Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Comments

Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., stands as a symbol of progress in the complex world of energy use and production.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

LEED is a sustainability certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC partners with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), offering a suite of LEED professional credentials that identify expertise in the field of green building.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software systems are utilized across a wide range of new construction facilities, including research labs, to coordinate the implementation of sustainable designs. BIM systems incorporate information from various sources into a single integrated database that is available to all participants in the design and construction process.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Taking a cue from basic management practices, the adage that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure or monitor is just as true in sustainability applications as it is in human relations. All the design efforts created by the architects and engineers for a sustainable research lab structure can be wasted if monitoring and control systems aren’t put in place.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

The latest update seen in LEED v4 provides a small glimpse of the expected changes in where sustainability efforts will be focused over the next several years. While some of the LEED certification changes are a little bit more of the same, just reworded and retitled, changes such as the holistic approach to materials analyses, lifecycle considerations and multiple metering (monitoring) requirements establish new challenges for submitters.

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Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity. The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community. Here are some sustainable design resources.

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Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

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