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Three tips to consider when designing a sustainable lab

June 24, 2015 1:03 pm | by Samantha Hale | Articles | Comments

There are many ways to design a sustainable lab, but the success depends on how a researcher gives meaning to the word “sustainable.” For some, sustainable can mean installing green equipment that minimizes the carbon footprint that humans leave. To others, everything must be LEED certified. While for the rest, sustainability simply means reducing operating costs.

Lighting the path to efficient lab design

June 3, 2015 3:35 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The goal of any lab planner is to make labs as safe, functional and comfortable as possible. And...

Sustainability in labs

February 20, 2015 10:44 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

The typical lab building is an energy hog. These buildings house complex environments heavy on...

Sustaining a lab environment

February 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The design of labs for sustainable construction and operation has become a major driver in the A...

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Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery Laboratory at Cool Springs Life Science Center (CSLSC)

December 5, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

As a leading academic medical center with an increasingly limited amount of space on campus, Vanderbilt Univ. needed to extend programs beyond the medical center campus. The project consists of the build-out of 13,000 gsf of shell space on the first level of an existing developer-constructed science center.

Saving energy—or Maximizing lighting?

December 2, 2014 2:52 pm | by Chris Rush, Senior Lighting Consultant, Arup | Articles | Comments

Energy restrictions across all building design are ever-tightening, with increasingly aggressive government-adopted codes, green-rating systems and client goals. Lighting in labs can be more critical to facility function than in other building uses. Although lighting may not be the dominant energy consumer in labs, energy restrictions can push toward a “hands-are-tied” sentiment.

Lab synergistics enhance energy efficiency

October 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Author: Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP, Payette | Articles | Comments

Many energy-efficiency strategies are often viewed in isolation, not allowing projects to realize their full potential. When viewed as part of the cooling system, the integration of a high-performance envelope with exterior shading is able to decrease the size of equipment needed.


Changing with the times: Developments for biomedical research labs

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

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 6, 2014 5:01 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

Energy Sciences Building, Argonne National Laboratory

May 6, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

The new Energy Sciences Building ushers in the transformation of Argonne National Laboratory’s campus to an interdisciplinary and sustainable campus; with its north entrance façade a new face for science. Its design ushers in a change to a pedestrian-focused campus: The road outside will be closed to vehicles, and new links connect other buildings around a new energy sciences quadrangle.

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 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.


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-sf lab wing. The light-filled labs have 14-ft-high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides.            

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 technology is one of the viable solutions to save energy and money in these high-tech buildings. In the past several years technologies have been developed that use the building envelope (the space between the interior walls and exterior walls) to provide weather protection; intercept solar energy; and generate useful heat and reduce the cooling load on the building.

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). 


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.

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%.

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.

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