This white paper discusses lab exhaust energy conservation. The most common system has the operating fan running at 100% of design volume while the standby fan is off and shut off by a backdraft damper. However, significant energy savings can be achieved by running both the operating fan and the standby fan together, each at 50% of design flow.
Lab research is a visually intense activity. The ability to see well is critical for the proper...
Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph...
For nearly 150 years, internationally based Mane Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavor and fragrance R&D and manufacturing, employing 3,000 people at nearly 40 innovation centers throughout the world. Mane bases its North American operations in southwestern Ohio, creating a mix of innovative technologies and state-of-the-art techniques for its customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Are you designing vacuum into labs, or designing labs in a vacuum? While vacuum is a utility that is commonly required for labs, along with electricity, water and compressed air, many architects, engineering consultants and lab planners are unfamiliar with the scientific uses of vacuum in labs or the different levels of vacuum needed for those tasks.
Supporting LEEDing-edge research: New Max Planck Institute combines scientific, sustainability goalsAugust 14, 2013 9:30 am | by Ian Leveroni, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle | Articles | Comments
Completed in 2012, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is the first U.S.-based institute of the Max Planck Society, a leading global scientific research organization based in Munich, Germany. In building the 100,000-sf life sciences lab, leaders at the Max Planck Florida Institute set their sights on achieving LEED certification for the facility.
The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, established by the National Research Foundation and funded by the National Science Foundation of Singapore, houses a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers with the goal of stimulating innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship through interaction and collaboration.
Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES) began with a healthy respect for the energy demands of modern laboratory environments. The 42,000-square-foot, $20-million CNES is an open, shop-like facility divided into three basic space typologies.
2013 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention: Daylighting and design rescue noted biochemistry buildingJune 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Patrice Galvin, Editor | Articles | Comments
At the time of its completion in 1981, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild biochemistry building was considered groundbreaking. The original building, also designed by Payette, was renovated to house the newly formed Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. The 105,401 sf renovation was designated as Lab of the Year: Special Mention for a thoughtful, respectful design that raised the bar on what a sustainable laboratory can be.
More and more often, energy codes and LEED programs are driving laboratory planners and architects to pursue energy-conscious design. While HVAC systems get a lot of attention in terms of energy conservation, electrical and lighting loads are also significant energy consumers.
The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder is designed as research “neighborhoods.” Offices for the scientific faculty are located across the Main Street from their laboratories to create interactions among the researchers as they transit from laboratory to office and back.
The 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII was explained by energy provider Entergy New Orleans as the result of sensors detecting "an abnormality in the system." While they continue to investigate the root cause, the issue of reliable and efficient electrical technologies has reached the populace.
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other laboratories have demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve solar cells and lighting devices.
Chemical eye burns don't stop burning. Unlike an impact or abrasion, where damage is done in an instant, chemical burns keep on doing harm until the hazardous substance is removed from the eye. Minimizing injury is, therefore, a race against time. That's why the standard for eyewash stations1dictates that they must be accessible within 10 seconds of places where accidental exposure may be expected.
As part of the November elections, California voters passed Proposition 39, closing a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and generating a projected $1.1 billion a year. Half the money has been earmarked for green upgrades to public buildings, including HVAC, windows, insulation, lighting, and other measures.
An addendum to ASHRAE's green building standard would limit full-flush volume for all toilets to 1.28 gal per flush, and limit kitchen faucet capacity to 1.8 gal/min. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.10, "Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," covers toilets already, but the proposed addendum v would dictate the low-volume toilet standard rather than dual-flush toilets.
In 2012, the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) continued to enrich and expand the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) Annual Conference, made possible through its co-sponsorship agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
With buildings accounting for ~39% of total energy consumption, it is important that they be maintained to continuously operate efficiently. Pennsylvania State University has more than 1,780 buildings. During the 2011-12 school year, these buildings emitted ~550,000 MTCO2e, which is a 27.5% reduction from what the university anticipated had it not implemented its reduction strategy plan.
The Scripps Institute of Oceanography has reported that the lifeline for the Southwest will "soon teeter at the brink of failure." In an effort to discover and outline the current trends in laboratory water conservation in the extremely dry southwestern U.S., the presenters developed a series of questions and surveyed a range of laboratory stakeholders.
Balancing staff safety, health and comfort with energy efficiency in a diagnostic laboratory environmentDecember 12, 2012 11:37 am | by Amy Delson, AIA, and Thomas Hughes, CEPE, LEED AP B+C | Articles | Comments
In 2009, Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories (PDL) decided to relocate its core laboratory operations to a 25,900-ft2, single-story former telephone building, across the street from the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. The design challenge was to create a state-of-the-art laboratory providing safe, healthy, and comfortable working conditions for staff, while controlling energy usage.
The U.S. Environmental protection agency recently released "Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework"—consisting of new guidelines for local governments trying to meet Clean Water Act obligations. The framework allows and encourages local governing bodies to make rules regarding green stormwater infrastructure.
The annual Laboratory Design Conference, sponsored by Advantage Business Media and Laboratory Design newsletter, will be held April 8-10 at the JW Marriott Houston. This AIA-accredited learning and networking event includes 1.5 days of educational presentations, followed by an optional day of tours (April 10).
Gas is an indispensable component of a successful laboratory, and the ubiquitous gas cylinder is a common sight at research facilities across the spectrum of technology, from the RNA laboratory to the solar cell fabrication plant. However, their use in laboratory facilities entails a high level of responsibility.
Elga LabWater, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company based in the United Kingdom, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. ELGA holds 18 patents worldwide and has received several international awards for industrial design, and has an active R&D effort to improve water purification technologies.
Workshops at a major national plumbing convention illustrate how codes are evolving to facilitate more sustainable construction techniques, including use of gray water and rain water in plumbing systems.
As of the writing of this report in June 2012, construction costs are on the rise from last year, with costs increasing from their post-crash decline. Overall, costs have risen about 2% from 2011, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2% since January 2011. Construction costs are expected to rise between 3% and 4% during 2012 going into year 2013.
The 2013 Laboratory Design Conference will be held at the J.W. Marriott Houston Galleria on April 8-10. Advantage Business Media currently seeks abstract submissions for presentations to be given at this professional meeting, accredited by the American Institute of Architects.
This 330,000-ft 2 , $175.3-million facility, focused on biology, information technology, and engineering, includes an underground research floor, three research floors, a ground-level "Town Center," an auxiliary service building, and a mechanical penthouse. Its unusual and effective building organization, strong sense of public outreach, and high degree of flexibility and social engineering led judges to honor the project as Laboratory of the Year 2012.
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