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U.S. DOE adds two years to AECOM-led joint venture contract at Savannah River

May 7, 2015 12:06 pm | by AECOM | News | Comments

AECOM announced that the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Savannah River Operations Office in Aiken, S.C., has extended the current liquid-waste-management contract with AECOM-led Savannah River Remediation LLC for an additional two years. This $797-million extension will run from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017.

Sustainability in labs

February 20, 2015 10:44 am | by Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman | Articles | Comments

The typical lab building is an energy hog. These buildings house complex environments heavy on...

USGBC and UL Environment announce partnership on building materials transparency

December 2, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

The partnership will roll out several targeted initiatives focused on increasing disclosure,...

Biodegradable cabinet: a new approach to sustainability

September 16, 2013 1:27 pm | News | Comments

A furniture design academic from Sheffield Hallam Univ. has started creating furniture made from...

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Making oxygen on the moon leads to eco-friendly steel process

June 17, 2013 5:00 pm | News | Comments

The industry has met little success in its search for carbon-free methods of manufacturing steel. The idea for the new method, Sadoway says, arose when he received a grant from NASA to look for ways of producing oxygen on the moon — a key step toward future lunar bases.

I2SL call for papers ends March 22nd

March 15, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments

The 2013 I2SL Annual Conference call for abstracts is now open, and all members of the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community are encouraged to submit, whether  a veteran presenter or new to the industry.

Modular sustainability: A plan for the Marine Research and Education Center

December 12, 2012 12:07 pm | by Daniel Addis, Jensen Ying, and Eui Song "John" Kim | Articles | Comments

When considering the program for the proposed Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center on St. Croix, as part of the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition, we immediately encountered a few factors that directly relate to sustainability and carbon footprint.


EPA advice could impact water codes

October 16, 2012 2:51 pm | News | Comments

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.

Student design competition winners show outstanding integration

October 11, 2012 11:38 am | by International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories | Articles | Comments

The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories has announced the winners and honorable mentions for its International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition. The competition enabled architecture and engineering students from around the world to provide new and innovative thinking for the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable laboratories.

Plumbing codes morph for greenness

October 1, 2012 11:36 am | News | Comments

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.

Living Building Challenge pushes beyond LEED

December 6, 2011 7:30 am | News | Comments

Is LEED Platinum passé? Meet the next hurdle: the super-sustainable International Living Building Challenge.

Sustainable design decisions and costs in research laboratories

August 15, 2011 8:17 am | by Taylor R. Boyd, John D. Neilson, and Ellen Sisle, KlingStubbins | Articles | Comments

It is probably safe to say that most people would not advocate deliberately damaging the environment, especially if there is no advantage in doing so. But profit and value also play a role in many of the choices we have to make. If the design solutions we advocate to help preserve the natural world are not financially feasible, they are not likely to be implemented. We have to evaluate what our ideas will cost, both initially and in the long term, as well as how well they will work.


EPA ruling may impact recyclable materials

June 14, 2010 9:45 am | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is debating waste-handling rules that could affect the use of fly ash, a byproduct of coal plants that has found its way into many “green” building products such as wallboard, concrete and bricks.

Understanding laboratory waste and vent systems

March 15, 2010 8:26 am | by Brett M. Gilbert, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" This famous line from The Wizard of Oz describes the way people often think of their plumbing systems. People just want water to flow when they turn on the faucet and waste to go down the drain when they pull the plug.

ASHRAE publishes green standard

February 8, 2010 7:51 am | News | Comments

A long-anticipated standard for sustainable commercial construction has been published by ASHRAE in conjunction with the IES and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Trash talk: Greener ways of handling laboratory waste streams

December 29, 2008 11:14 am | by Kenneth A. Kornberg, AIA | Articles | Comments

Although the work done in the lab is no more dangerous or toxic than it was 40 years ago, regulatory changes have created huge increases in transportation, materials, and energy costs. The consequence is a significant increase in the carbon footprint for the standard lab building, a reduction in productivity and space efficiency, and in many cases a decrease in the safety of the research environment.

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