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R&D Chat: Sustainability Built In

March 31, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

What research lab doesn’t care about a good return on investment for their spending? The last five years has marked an increase in the level of scrutiny applied to projects to assure maximum ROI. The early design process demands greater economic analysis of lifecycle costs to reduce operating and energy costs and optimize environmental performance.

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

March 1, 2014 7:08 pm | News | Comments

Extensive analysis work was performed by a team from PNNL. Sixteen different building...

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

March 1, 2014 6:23 pm | News | Comments

The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-sf office wing and a single-story, 12,605-...

Using Solar Energy to Heat and Cool Laboratory Building Envelopes

February 14, 2014 3:31 pm | Events

Lab buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar...

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ASHRAE GreenGuide: 44 green tips

February 3, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

The newly published fourth edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide contains updated guidance that reflects how green building practices as well as the industry have changed. There are 44 GreenTips in this edition, including new ones on topics such as condensing boilers, rain gardens, green roofs and data centers.

Learn how third-party financing can help fund facility upgrades

January 20, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

Many federal and publically owned labs and other high-tech facilities are aging and in need of energy and other sustainability upgrades. I2SL invites those interested in this topic to participate in an upcoming free webinar session. "Successful Third Party Financing in High-Tech Facilities" will take place January 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

I2SL call for presenters on sustainable high-tech buildings

January 13, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Each year, I2SL invites planners, designers, builders, facility managers, manufacturers and other community leaders to present their latest work and advancements during the I2SL Annual Conference (formerly the Labs21 Annual Conference). 

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December 2013 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

January 6, 2014 2:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on high-performance teaming. Other features include an in-depth look at chilled beam installation, maximizing efficiency by design, sustainable renovation, sustainable vacuum technologies, applying BAS to help users conserve energy, net-zero energy labs and more.

Sustainable characteristics of a pharmaceutical lab in Mozambique

December 5, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Serruto and David Tash | Articles | Comments

Western architects typically bring the full measure of familiar technology to bear on lab design in developing countries. Design of a pharmaceutical quality control lab has its challenges. Placement of that lab in a country with limited resources in a tropical climate presents additional challenges. AECOM met these by incorporating sustainable features into a building in response to environmental and economic factors impacting design.

Daylight harvesting for research labs

December 5, 2013 11:56 am | by Jim Walsh and Kevin Chriswell | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of fluorescent lighting and air conditioning, our interior lighting and temperature environments have become almost completely artificial. Only recently has the design imperative of “sustainability” caused the architectural community to reconsider the human impacts of these artificial environments, and attempt to restore a more natural, efficient and beneficial interior environment.

Georgia Tech's EBB incorporates research neighborhoods and sustainable design

December 2, 2013 5:33 pm | Videos | Comments

Energy modeling was used to design the building envelope. EBB will feature photovoltaic panels to harness natural heat energy expanding Georgia Tech’s investment in renewable energy sources. The building will also harvest rain water and building condensation that will be used for grey water and irrigation. 

USGBC and UL Environment announce partnership on building materials transparency

December 2, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

The partnership will roll out several targeted initiatives focused on increasing disclosure, awareness and transparency of building product composition and the manufacturing processes. The goal of the program is to accelerate market transformation and the overall quality and performance of buildings.

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Video: NBBJ designs 1.1-million-sf facility for Samsung

November 18, 2013 4:47 pm | News | Comments

Samsung broke ground in August on the 1.1-million-sf campus for their device solutions group in San Jose, Calif. The video includes an interview with NBBJ's Jonathan Ward who is leading the design of the project. The campus will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage.

NBBJ designs 1.1-million-sf facility for Samsung

November 13, 2013 4:50 pm | Videos | Comments

Samsung broke ground in August on the 1.1-million-sf campus for their device solutions group in San Jose, Calif. The video includes an interview with NBBJ's Jonathan Ward who is leading the design of the project. The campus will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage.

Task lighting for laboratories

October 15, 2013 4:14 pm | by Mark Loeffler, IALD, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Lab research is a visually intense activity. The ability to see well is critical for the proper perception of everything from chemical reactions to physical characteristics to biological processes. Visual performance is dependent on lighting quality. It is not simply a matter of brightness. High-quality lighting in a lab or elsewhere is a combination of color temperature, color rendering, directionality and diffusion, as well as intensity.

Lessons from the world’s greenest buildings

October 14, 2013 5:08 pm | News | Comments

What makes certain buildings around the globe our best teacher for how to create high-performance green buildings? What lessons can we take away from the world’s greenest buildings? Jerry Yudelson thinks he knows the answers in his book: The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design.

Proposed Dallas code would limit building reflectivity

September 3, 2013 5:24 pm | News | Comments

The amendment aims to restrict a building’s exterior reflectivity of “visible light” to 15% in order to cut down on “undesirable glare for pedestrians and [the] potentially hazardous glare for motorists.” The Dallas real estate community and AIA Dallas are opposed to the measure. Kirk Teske, AIA Dallas’ president, says that the amendment would cut the number of glass options available to developer by some 60%.

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Raising the IQ of smart windows

September 3, 2013 12:58 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a new material to make smart windows even smarter. The material is a thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass that can dynamically modify sunlight as it passes through a window. Unlike existing technologies, the coating provides selective control over visible light and heat-producing near-infrared light, so windows can maximize both energy savings and occupant comfort in a wide range of climates.

DC’s Consolidated Forensics Laboratory receives LEED Platinum certification

June 17, 2013 4:14 pm | News | Comments

The Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) is an award winning science facility designed to provide the District of Columbia with critical public safety and health science infrastructure. Co-locating the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the CFL provides advanced laboratory and work facilities designed for the safety of the analysts and the public.

2013 Laboratory of the Year High Honors: Sustainable building reflects the science within

June 6, 2013 11:12 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.

2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Building a program, not just a lab

June 6, 2013 10:52 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments

The District of Columbia Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) merges the forensic-based activities of agencies that traditionally work together but operate independently. The LEED Platinum, 351,000 gsf, $145 million building totals six stories above grade and two below.

Bright solutions help reduce lighting energy consumption in labs

June 6, 2013 10:15 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

More and more often, energy codes and LEED programs are driving laboratory planners and architects to pursue energy-conscious design. While HVAC systems get a lot of attention in terms of energy conservation, electrical and lighting loads are also significant energy consumers.

New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight

April 16, 2013 3:57 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Stanford University has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.

Iowa College of Public Health building earns LEED Platinum

April 16, 2013 3:39 pm | News | Comments

The College of Public Health Building at the University of Iowa has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for green design. It is the first academic building on Iowa’s campus to earn the designation.

Sunoptics receives Green Leadership Award

April 1, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Sunoptics, a leader in high-performance prismatic daylighting solutions, received a Green Leadership Award for its energy-efficient daylighting solutions from the Sacramento Business Journal. The Green Leadership Awards recognize the region's people, companies, and organizations that are developing and implementing the most transformative green technologies, products, and services.

I2SL call for papers ends March 22nd

March 15, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments

The 2013 I2SL Annual Conference call for abstracts is now open, and all members of the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community are encouraged to submit, whether  a veteran presenter or new to the industry.

Google to build largest radiant heat office complex

February 26, 2013 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Scheduled for a 2015 completion date, the Silicon Valley complex will allow the majority of employees to work by natural light, without any glare from the sun. Most of the buildings will be four stories tall and shaped like bent rectangles.

Bridgestone project helps client achieve green goals

February 8, 2013 11:35 am | by Matthew Sutter, AIA, RA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

How do you show your company’s commitment to the environment while attracting the world’s best and brightest technical minds? Bridgestone decided to build a new, green, state-of-the-art Technical Center in the middle of its existing Ohio campus.

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Precision Measurement Laboratory, Boulder, Colo.

December 18, 2012 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Largely funded by federal stimulus appropriations, the new PML greatly upgrades facilities for NIST's Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, which concentrates on microfabrication, nanofabrication, and related efforts. The facility includes 18,000-ft2 of Class 100 cleanroom space and encompasses flexible instrument and nanotechnology laboratories.

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