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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.

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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?

Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine

May 20, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Conceived as a place of discovery and healing, the Hess Center is a translational research building shaped by its dual mission and thematically linked program. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the 420,000-sf building unites scientists, clinicians and educators, fostering interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Energy Sciences Building, Argonne National Laboratory

May 6, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

The new Energy Sciences Building ushers in the transformation of Argonne National Laboratory’s campus to an interdisciplinary and sustainable campus; with its north entrance façade a new face for science. Its design ushers in a change to a pedestrian-focused campus: The road outside will be closed to vehicles, and new links connect other buildings around a new energy sciences quadrangle.

The countdown is on! Final R&D 100 deadline: May 9, 2014

May 6, 2014 8:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | News | Comments

In response to interest from potential competitors we have made one final extension to the 2014 R&D 100 Awards Entry Deadline: May 9, 2014. That gives anyone with a new product three more weeks to prepare their entry. It is certainly time enough to prepare a new entry as well. Remember, a new product launched at any time in the calendar year 2013 can be considered for the Awards.

Scripps Oceanography Laboratory Building awarded LEED Platinum

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory at Univ. of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the United States Green Building Council. MESOM is the first laboratory building at UC San Diego to achieve LEED Platinum status.

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 Laboratory, has partnered with construction firm Webcor to test building energy performance. The testing will allow Webcor’s engineers to predict and improve the energy performance for a new building constructed for biotech company, Genentech.

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