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.
The 2014 ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference seeks to advance the industry’s efforts to...
Built in 1969, Rieveschl Hall has undergone extensive renovations to improve energy efficiency...
Standard 202 is ASHRAE’s first standard focused on the commissioning process. The process...
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on universal grid design. Other features include an in-depth look at the state of lab design, task lighting for labs, adaptive reuse, fume hood selection for energy-efficient labs and more.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research labs are no exception. To gain insight into how the current economy has influenced or re-focused lab design projects, Laboratory Design sent out a survey to AEC firms asking for perspectives on current and near-future trends.
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.
Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph Sports Testing Laboratory represents one of the nation’s most technologically advanced drug-testing facilities. The forensic lab, support spaces and corporate offices were created through adaptive reuse of an existing 63,000-sf office/warehouse facility.
Fume hoods are arguably the single most important safety feature in laboratories. They are also one of the major energy users and can use three and a half times more energy annually than the average American house. For safety reasons these devices cannot be eliminated from the lab, however, there are energy-optimization strategies that can reduce their environmental impact and enhance their performance.
Major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget are contained in the newly published energy standard from ASHRAE and IES. “While many things have changed since the first version of Standard 90 was published in 1975, the need to reduce building energy use and cost has not,” said Steve Skalko, chair of the committee that wrote the 2013 standard.
For nearly 150 years, internationally based Mane Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavor and fragrance R&D and manufacturing, employing 3,000 people at nearly 40 innovation centers throughout the world. Mane bases its North American operations in southwestern Ohio, creating a mix of innovative technologies and state-of-the-art techniques for its customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Plans are being finalized for construction of a new Ames Laboratory research facility that will house current and next-generation sensitive instruments such as electron and scanning probe microscopes. These instruments allow for detailed description of materials at the atomic level to aid in the discovery and design of novel materials. The nearly $10 million project is being funded through the DOE's Office of Science.
This video was taken in March 2013 before the BSL-4 lab was operational. The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) on the Boston Univ. Medical Campus is one of just two BSL-4 labs based at academic centers.
For years now, government, academic and corporate laboratory users have been faced with ever-shrinking budgets to meet their lab operational needs, while maintaining the same level of quality, service, throughput and results. How they deliver their science and research activity in the lab must change in order to respond to these challenges.
Are you designing vacuum into labs, or designing labs in a vacuum? While vacuum is a utility that is commonly required for labs, along with electricity, water and compressed air, many architects, engineering consultants and lab planners are unfamiliar with the scientific uses of vacuum in labs or the different levels of vacuum needed for those tasks.
Supporting LEEDing-edge research: New Max Planck Institute combines scientific, sustainability goalsAugust 14, 2013 9:30 am | by Ian Leveroni, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle | Articles | Comments
Completed in 2012, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is the first U.S.-based institute of the Max Planck Society, a leading global scientific research organization based in Munich, Germany. In building the 100,000-sf life sciences lab, leaders at the Max Planck Florida Institute set their sights on achieving LEED certification for the facility.
Outdated internal equipment heat gain data can result in oversized systems and higher operating costs, yet it is one of the most difficult areas for engineers to define. To assist the building environment industry in defining these loads and designing more cost-efficient systems, internal equipment heat gain and load density data have been updated in the newest edition of the ASHRAE Handbook.
The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.
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: Daylighting and design rescue noted biochemistry buildingJune 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments
At the time of its completion in 1981, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild biochemistry building was considered groundbreaking. The original building, also designed by Payette, was renovated to house the newly formed Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. The 105,401 sf renovation was designated as Lab of the Year: Special Mention for a thoughtful, respectful design that raised the bar on what a sustainable laboratory can be.
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.
Amherst College in Western Massachusetts has installed a series of research-grade, Web-based weather stations to monitor the performance of two green roof demonstration plots for its new science center. The college plans to cover the rooftop of the new building with vegetation to help offset interior cooling costs, and help the four-story, 250,000-square-foot facility blend in with its natural surroundings.
The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder is designed as research “neighborhoods.” Offices for the scientific faculty are located across the Main Street from their laboratories to create interactions among the researchers as they transit from laboratory to office and back.
Like people, buildings require ventilation—and specifically fresh—outside air, to stay healthy. Conditioning and circulating that air, however, requires a tremendous amount of energy and tends to drive building operating costs. This problem is particularly significant in laboratory research facilities where health and safety concerns often push outside air ventilation rates up over eight and even ten air changes per hour.
Lord, Aeck & Sargent has promoted Lauren Dunn Rockart, AIA, LEED AP to Principal. Rockart has 19 years of experience specializing in management, design direction, and decision-making for higher education projects, including residence halls, academic facilities, and research laboratories.
The editors of R&D Magazine have announced an extension to the entry submission deadline for the annual R&D 100 Awards competition. The final day for sending in your entry is April 30, 2013. The new deadline gives participants extra time to complete their entry form.
The renovation aimed to improve the teaching and learning experience and be a pilot project to test ideas for collaboration, technology, and layout for future laboratory renovations. Over the years, renovations in the building had tapped out the exhaust systems, fire alarm panels, and electrical service.
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.
The 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII was explained by energy provider Entergy New Orleans as the result of sensors detecting "an abnormality in the system." While they continue to investigate the root cause, the issue of reliable and efficient electrical technologies has reached the populace.
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