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.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking...
Power usage effectiveness (PUE™) has become the industry-preferred and globally adopted metric...
Lab buildings are recognized as one of the most energy-intensive building types. Solar...
Where does all this stuff go…and how do we get it there? Planning for successful lab equipment movesFebruary 10, 2014 11:54 am | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments
My thesis project in architecture school was a lab building with high-tech glass and metal façades, artfully composed pipes and ventilation stacks, vibrant colors and natural light cascading through the lab and social spaces. We were taught to design human-scaled, livable spaces for people. Little did I know that as I progressed in my career I would be increasingly designing labs for refrigerators, analytical equipment and robots.
Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments
Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.
Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.
The United Nations defines sustainable development as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When applied to lab planning and construction, sustainability includes: the efficient use of energy; the careful use of water using only what’s needed; adaptability to future needs and reducing pollution.
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.
A newly revised standard for ventilation of health care facilities can help designers by providing the minimum requirements for the design of ventilation systems for health care facilities to provide environmental control for comfort, as well as infection and odor control.
The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose and adjust for problems based on direct occupant comfort feedback. Occupants are able to share this feedback via the application dashboard on their desktop computers.
Today, more than ever, efforts are being made to find better ways of reducing energy consumption. Whether it’s in our homes or where we work, what we drive or how we live, it’s both to our financial benefit and our environmental responsibility to do things more efficiently. Lab cooling is no different.
The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica in one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.
Sustainable renovation in energy-intensive lab while improving EH&S: Otto Maass Chemistry Building, McGill Univ.December 5, 2013 1:39 pm | by Pierre-Luc Baril, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments
The Otto Maass Building, built in 1964 and located on the McGill Univ. campus in downtown Montreal, is dedicated to education and research in chemistry. The total gross floor area is 140,000 sf of which 60% are labs. With an average fume hood density of around ten chemical fume hoods per 5,000 sf, this building was, in 2008, the biggest energy user of the campus.
Vacuum is such a common utility for most labs and is an important influence on the achievement of sustainability objectives. Studies indicate that vacuum pumps can represent 15% or more of the plug loads in labs. If you can significantly reduce energy use by vacuum pumps, you can make an important dent in total lab building plug loads.
The big goal for sustainable labs is to consume only as much energy as the lab mission requires. This depends on user behavior and the building response to that behavior. The role of users in energy consumption is gaining recognition. New building automation system (BAS) concepts and user interfaces (UIs) are designed to assist and encourage actions that makes the building work effectively and efficiently.
Celgene’s 115,000-sf Warm Core and Shell Laboratory Tenant Improvement project in San Diego, Calif., had its challenges right from the outset—beginning with the owner implementing a design-bid-build method to maintain control of the design. The design and construction time frame was extremely compressed with 11 weeks from start of design development to the issued for permit set.
With the title “Fume cupboards – Part 7: Fume cupboards for high heat and acidic load” the seventh part of the European series of EN 14175 standards was issued in 2012. The new standard focuses on fume hoods for special applications, including a high heat and/or acidic load. These special applications require additional design, safety, operating and maintenance properties.
This abstract addresses designing high-performance labs with a goal of over 50% energy-usage reduction. The speakers present a case study of the Univ. of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER II), a 43,156-sf research building which allowed CAER to expand its research opportunities in the fields of biomass and biofuels, solar energy and electrochemical power sources (capacitors and batteries).
Like most higher education institutions across the country, lab operations at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) consume approximately four to twelve times more energy compared to a classroom or office environment, providing rich opportunities to save on energy utilities and resources.
Many authors have discussed the savings in reducing lab exhaust fan energy. Variable-volume systems and implementation of night setback may provide significant savings. One limitation that has been cited is the need to maintain a safe level of dispersion from the exhaust stacks, to avoid negative impacts at intakes on or near the lab.
When ventilated cages were introduced, they brought forth the promise of improved animal welfare, better protection for animals and technicians, and, labor savings, by increasing the days between cage changes. Present ventilated cage designs have fulfilled these promises. But, can they further reduce labor and energy use?
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.
Guidelines and standards for minimum air change rates in labs and vivariums have changed over the last few years. More than 10 years ago, minimum air change rates were commonly set prescriptively at 8 to 12 air changes per hour (ACH). However, with increasing concerns over rising energy costs, the pendulum on air change rates swung to lower prescriptive rates to 6 ACH.
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.
In the pursuit of more sustainable construction practices, advanced materials and design techniques have led to lighter and more flexible structural systems in buildings. These lightweight systems are unfortunately more susceptible to structural vibration generated from both internal and external sources.
This white paper discusses lab exhaust energy conservation. The most common system has the operating fan running at 100% of design volume while the standby fan is off and shut off by a backdraft damper. However, significant energy savings can be achieved by running both the operating fan and the standby fan together, each at 50% of design flow.
Built in 1969, Rieveschl Hall has undergone extensive renovations to improve energy efficiency and functionality. One of the challenges of the renovation process was to install a lab exhaust system that effectively exhausted fumes out of the building and away from nearby homes and dormitories. In addition, the system needed to minimize energy usage.
Standard 202 is ASHRAE’s first standard focused on the commissioning process. The process includes specific tasks to be conducted to verify that design, construction, verification, testing, documentation and training meet the owner’s project requirements.
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