A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.
Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.
In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.
Payette has played a signature role in the evolution of modern labs through consistent innovations and a long tradition of designing influential science and research buildings. More recently, the key components that inform the next-generation lab are an aggressive stance towards energy conservation, a flexible armature that can easily accommodate shifts in research density and an integrated approach for computationally based research.
Heading into the final stretch of a year-long trial run, the experimental net-zero energy house at NIST in Gaithersburg, Md., must overcome an energy deficit of 154 kWhr—equivalent to about $20—during the month of June. The facility was designed to produce at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.
Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference features tours of key local labs of various types. Tours will take place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015. If you have recommendations of Atlanta are labs that we should tour, please contact Lindsay Hock.
WinSun, a private company located in eastern China, has printed 10 full-size houses using a 3-D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes 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.
The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory at Univ. of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the United States Green Building Council. MESOM is the first laboratory building at UC San Diego to achieve LEED Platinum status.
Founded in August 2011, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) is a consortium of New York’s leading academic medical centers and research universities. Their mission is to leverage their collective resources to speed the development of promising research. NYGC will enable scientists and physicians to share vast amounts of diverse clinical and genomic data to identify and validate biomarkers and speed the development of treatments.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED certification around the globe. Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time: McGraw-Hill estimates that it will comprise half of U.S. construction and be worth up to $248 billion by 2016. LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building program across the globe.
IPS (Integrated Project Services Inc.), a leading, full-service engineering, construction, commissioning and qualification firm dedicated to helping clients succeed with capital projects and optimizing operations, announced the expansion of operations with the opening of a new IPS location in Irvine, Calif.
FLEXLAB, the Facility for Low Energy experiments in buildings, run by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has partnered with construction firm Webcor to test building energy performance. The testing will allow Webcor’s engineers to predict and improve the energy performance for a new building constructed for biotech company, Genentech.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next generation of integrated research facilities. Other features include designing labs for lean operation, the increasing significance of thermal bridging in lab building envelopes, remaining nimble in a competitive research market and ESD control flooring in the lab.
Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.
Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.
Many lab processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders and gases. Static charges are the result of triboelectric charging of dissimilar materials, such as clothing against skin and shoe soles on the floor surface.
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.
A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.
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