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Building envelope thermal bridging guide

September 15, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Morrison Hershfield has announced that the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights is now public and can be downloaded from BC Hydro. The guide aims to overcome obstacles confronting industry with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

Cool roofs in China can save energy, reduce emissions

September 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by Julie Chao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Working with Chinese researchers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the first...

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...

Designing and building the Lab of the Year

August 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Mike Tilbury, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

Featuring highly advanced, energy integration technology, the Energy Systems Integration...

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Rutgers breaks ground for new sustainable design building

August 5, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Rutgers recently broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building. Designed by Flad Architects, the building features flexible labs, modern instructional space and a layout that embraces the informal interaction and collaboration needs of a scientific community.

SmithGroupJJR reaches 100 LEED certified projects

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

SmithGroupJJR, a long-time leader of sustainable design, has reached the 100 LEED project milestone. The firm recently achieved its 100th LEED-certified project: the LEED-NC Platinum Oakland Univ. Human Health Building, constructed in Rochester, Mich.

FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive increase in building efficiency

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | Videos | Comments

The world’s most advanced energy-efficiency testbed for buildings is open for business. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's FLEXLAB at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy-efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions.

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NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 22, 2014 7:50 am | by Mark Bello, NIST | Videos | Comments

The net-zero energy test house at NIST in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

Energy research facility earns LEED Gold

July 8, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As the newest alternative energy research center, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is earning accolades for sustainability and energy conservation. The five-story 104,000-sf research center at Univ. of Wisconsin has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and top honors in commercial design locally.

HVAC Systems and Laboratory Design

June 24, 2014 4:20 pm | Events

This two-day-day introduction to the design and evaluation of laboratory HVAC systems combines lecture, class discussion, hands-on laboratory work, and group activities. Topics include basic airflow principles; ventilation equipment exhaust requirements;  OSHA, ANSI, ASHRAE and NFPA regulations;  fume hood testing and laboratory controls.

Diagnosing “broken” buildings to make them greener

June 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The co-founders of Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinout KGS Buildings have a saying: “All buildings are broken.” Energy wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction

June 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

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Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Sustainability Basics and Design

June 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: LEED

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Green Construction

June 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Control and Monitoring

June 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

Sustainable Laboratory Design and Construction: Changes and Trends

June 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

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Sustianable Laboratory Design and Construction: Resources

June 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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.

Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

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.

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.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Trends in modern lab design

June 6, 2014 4:38 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, many entries are entered into R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year competition; but only a select few win. However, each entry exhibits trends in modern lab design. From flexibility to sustainability to collaboration, these trends showcase the best design options for lab facilities today and for the future.

Shaping the scientific workplace of the future

June 6, 2014 3:53 pm | by Joseph Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HOK | Articles | Comments

As an architect and leader of a large science and technology practice group, I have the privilege of focusing on the inner sanctums of these facilities: the labs. These environments, where architects must balance demands for sophisticated technology with the need for dynamic human interaction, are among the most fascinating spaces we encounter.

The next-generation lab

June 6, 2014 2:44 pm | by Kevin B. sullivan, FAIA, Christopher E. Baylow, AIA, and Jeffrey R. Zynda, AIA | Articles | Comments

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.

Lake Superior College, Health and Science Center

June 6, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

The new addition to the single building campus of Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn., provides future-oriented facilities for the Health and Science programs while consolidating the widely dispersed areas into this building. Growing out of the bedrock, the building adds 34,000 sf and remodels 5,500 sf of the existing 307,970-sf facility on the main campus.

Countdown to net zero

June 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Mark Bello, NIST | News | Comments

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.

Collaboration speeds development of green buildings

June 2, 2014 8:43 am | by Julie Chao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

White roofs have been proven to help cool buildings—thus saving energy and bringing down air-conditioning costs—while also helping to reduce a city’s temperature by reflecting more sunlight back to space. But what would happen with a white roof in a Chinese city, where elevated pollution levels might turn a white roof sooty after a few months?

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