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...
The new JCVI facility comprises a three-story, 28,600-sf office wing and a single-story, 12,605-...
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on remaking...
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.
This month's issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter features a cover story on high-performance teaming. Other features include an in-depth look at chilled beam installation, maximizing efficiency by design, sustainable renovation, sustainable vacuum technologies, applying BAS to help users conserve energy, net-zero energy labs and more.
The five-story, 104,000-sf Wisconsin Energy Institute, on the Univ. of Wisconsin campus in Madison, was designed by the St. Louis office of HOK and Madison-based Potter Lawson. The $57.1 million facility hosts renewable energy systems research.
Recently released information about the rooftops across the Washington, D.C. area shows the solar potential that can be tapped in the nation's capitol. Typing in the address 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. shows that the White House roof has many optimal areas for solar capture and is eligible for a 30% tax credit on the installation of rooftop PV panels.
The LEED Professional Credential exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty designations will feature LEED v4 material beginning in late Spring 2014. The credential designation will remain the same and current credentialed professionals will not need to retest. Exam candidates wishing to test with the current exams should do so before June 2014.
The university’s new science building houses 65,000 sf of classroom, office and support space as well as teaching and research labs, with plans to build out a vivarium and greenhouse as future funding allows. The three-story buildingseeks the state’s Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System certification for energy efficiency and sustainability.
The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose and adjust for problems based on direct occupant comfort feedback. Occupants are able to share this feedback via the application dashboard on their desktop computers.
President Obama signed a Memorandum directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 – more than double the current level. Meeting this renewable energy goal will reduce pollution in our communities, promote American energy independence, and support homegrown energy produced by American workers.
Approval by Colorado PUC has paved the way for the development of Niobrara Data Center Energy Park, a fully self-contained, secure data center site with power, water, fiber and all essential approvals. The $4.2 billion project is an ambitious new development site for a secure and fully contained data center and energy production facility.
Today, more than ever, efforts are being made to find better ways of reducing energy consumption. Whether it’s in our homes or where we work, what we drive or how we live, it’s both to our financial benefit and our environmental responsibility to do things more efficiently. Lab cooling is no different.
The Agensys campus is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica in one research campus. The facility consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.
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