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Three billion square feet of green building space LEED-certified

April 21, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED certification around the globe. Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time: McGraw-Hill estimates that it will comprise half of U.S. construction and be worth up to $248 billion by 2016. LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building program across the globe.

Berkeley Lab launches building energy performance research project

April 21, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

FLEXLAB, the Facility for Low Energy experiments in buildings, run by Lawrence Berkeley National...

April 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

April 8, 2014 11:38 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on the next...

NIH opens new research facility

April 7, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health held a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31...

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The next generation of integrated research facilities

March 31, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael J. Reagan RA, AIA, NCARB and David R. Linamen PE, CEM, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Most contemporary research facilities must be flexible, functional and economical to construct and operate. Current economic pressures have added an additional emphasis on high utilization, operational efficiency and energy conservation. Where previous research facilities were often dedicated to a specific research type, the next generation of research facilities must integrate a variety of science disciplines.

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.

Designing labs for lean operation

March 31, 2014 12:36 pm | by Tanya Scharton-Kersten and Tom Reynolds | Articles | Comments

The design, layout and placement of labs have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support lean processes—including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization—whereas a “bad” design may create waste and make flow more difficult.


NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.

Time is running out to register for the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

March 13, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is only three weeks away, with registration ending on March 31st. Your opportunity to learn, network and participate in discussion about hot-button trends in laboratory design is coming to Boston, April 2-4th.

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.

USGBC releases top ten states for LEED green building

March 1, 2014 6:49 pm | News | Comments

Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia tops list. A research lab project made the list as a notable projects 2013; The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, LEED Platinum, the first university research computing center to achieve Platinum certification.


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.            

February 2014 Issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter

February 26, 2014 3:58 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking engineering buildings, repositioning strategies for success. Other features include information on successful lab equipment moves, how new buildings are re-defining research and collaboration, how BIM bridges the collaboration gap and how science lab design standards create consistency.

NREL compares two CSP technologies for renewable energy

February 26, 2014 1:15 pm | News | Comments

Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the NREL has found. The findings demonstrate increasing importance for systems with thermal energy storage.

Construction on PNNL research facility to begin in April

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

The project, valued at approximately $10 million, will build a facility that will house a broad variety of energy research and PNNL's campus sustainability program. Research conducted there include national challenges in the power grid's reliability and resiliency, the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid and reducing energy use in buildings.

Proposed green standard to ensure sustainability through biodiversity

February 17, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Proposed addendum bg revises the Native Plant definition, clarifies the Plants section by renaming it Landscape Design, and requires a minimum area of the landscape to be native plants. The addendum is open for public comment, along with four other addenda, until March 9, 2014.


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.

BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Lab vacuum and sustainable design: Issues and opportunities

February 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter Coffey, Vacuubrand | Articles | Comments

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.

Where all labs are created equal: Science lab design standards create consistency

February 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Burcin Moehring and Douglas Ogurek | Articles | Comments

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) stands among the largest community college systems in the U.S. Each year, its seven campuses combine to serve over 120,000 students. Construction is constant. Different projects. Different architects. With such a high level of building activity, how can the district maintain equity at its campuses?

New partnership promotes product transparency

February 3, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

This alliance will help design professionals find sustainable products and benefit building product manufacturers through increased access to the design community. HPDs and EPDs play a significant role in the new LEED v4 green building rating system.

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.

Webinar on successful R&D campus development

January 21, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

New R&D communities are emerging in urban areas around the country. As these communities emerge, many find that local infrastructure is not equipped to support their needs. In addition, R&D campuses also require capital investment in systems that can accommodate the rigors of research operations.

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.

New lab tests solar panels in extreme weather conditions

January 20, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

CECET's PV Certification Testing Lab provides both indoor and outdoor testing of solar panels. Using sophisticated technology, the lab tests such characteristics as generating capacity; performance over time; impacts of snow, extreme temperature and other adverse weather conditions and other aspects of solar generation performance.

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). 

New lab to study ozone layer

January 7, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

The National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) at Gadanki, India, is setting up a green laboratory to be used for carrying out research on ozone layer and other atmospheric aspects. The lab is being set up with the concept of optimum utilization of natural energy and minimum usage of air-conditioners and other man-made energies.

Mobile underwater lab based on space travel

January 6, 2014 6:31 pm | News | Comments

Modular, multidisciplinary labs, including a scientific wet lab, will study the ocean's ecosystem, marine biodiversity and research into marine-related applications for health, industry and food. In addition to labs, there are diving platforms and an underwater garage for AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and submersive vehicles.

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