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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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