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NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

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FIU announces new Brewing Science Lab

April 8, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

Florida International Univ.’s Chaplin School celebrated the unveiling of the Brewing Science Laboratory at an introduction event on April 3, 2014. The new lab will enhance the School’s existing Brewing Science Program and provide the necessary facilities to position the School as a worldwide leader for education and applied research in this industry.

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NIH opens new research facility

April 7, 2014 3:14 pm | Comments

The National Institutes of Health held a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31 to April 1, 2014, to celebrate the completion of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. This state-of-the-art facility brings together neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers across the NIH in an effort to spur new advances in our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.

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SmithGroupJJR names Tim Tracey as director of Chicago office

April 7, 2014 3:08 pm | Comments

SmithGroupJJR has named Tim Tracey, AIA, as director of its Chicago office. He was previously the office’s design director. Tracey will focus on strengthening the office’s holistic and integrated design process while continuing to lead its reputation as an award-winning firm. He takes over leadership of the 60-person office from Andy Vazzano, who now resumes his focus on the firm’s Science & Technology practice.

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Global data science hub launches at Imperial College London

April 7, 2014 3:06 pm | Comments

Unleashing the huge potential of data will be the focus of a new global institute at Imperial College London. In the last two years the world has produced more data than in all of human history. Developing insights from better analysis of this information will enable us to improve our predictions of diseases in people, stimulate innovation, unleash waves of productivity and create new consumer services.

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Univ. of Florida Clinical Translational Building, Gainesville, Fla.

March 31, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

The Univ. of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) serves as the headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF and in the state. The building houses patient-oriented research venues for the Institute on Aging and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as several research groups studying topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, muscular dystrophy and health outcomes and policy.

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ASHRAE publishes 2013 version of MOT for BACnet conformance

March 18, 2014 8:52 am | Comments

New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet. The standard defines a standard method for verifying that an implementation of the BACnet protocol provides each capability claimed in its Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement in conformance with Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks.

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Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

March 17, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

The EPIC brings together the traditional disciplines of civil, environmental, computer and electrical engineering in a collaborative innovative research and teaching community. Activities are focused on the development of energy and power production, from microchip fabrication and development of new structural materials to environmentally friendly solar and wind power.

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Submit your new lab projects to Lab Design

March 3, 2014 10:08 pm | Comments

Laboratory Design Newsletter features new lab construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects in each issue and also online. The new projects section of the website hosts a large variety of lab builds in academic, medical, private, commercial, and government labs. 

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ASHRAE/IES energy standard gains 30% savings over 2004 standard

March 1, 2014 7:08 pm | Comments

Extensive analysis work was performed by a team from PNNL. Sixteen different building prototypes were modeled in 17 different climate locations for a total of 272 building types and climate zone combinations. The revision will result in buildings that could achieve more efficiency than those built to the 2010 standard.

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USGBC releases top ten states for LEED green building

March 1, 2014 6:49 pm | Comments

Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia tops list. A research lab project made the list as a notable projects 2013; The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, LEED Platinum, the first university research computing center to achieve Platinum certification.

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J. Craig Venter Institute Genomic Lab, La Jolla, Calif.

March 1, 2014 6:23 pm | Comments

The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-sf office wing and a single-story, 12,605-sf lab wing. The light-filled labs have 14-ft-high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides.            

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New forensic lab to double space for scientists

March 1, 2014 5:29 pm | Comments

The $40 million project will add to and renovate the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Western Laboratory, as well as the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, housed in the same building.                

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, Mass.

March 1, 2014 4:50 pm | Comments

The initial building project focused on converting the existing one-story building into a state-of-the art research and development lab.                     

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NREL compares two CSP technologies for renewable energy

February 26, 2014 1:15 pm | Comments

Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the NREL has found. The findings demonstrate increasing importance for systems with thermal energy storage.

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SUNY, Davis Hall, Buffalo, N.Y.

February 17, 2014 3:14 pm | Comments

The program called for new lab, classroom and office spaces to replace outdated and undersized facilities in the surrounding science/engineering precinct, expand the school’s research and teaching capabilities, and support the growth in student enrollment.

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