Since lab internal cooling and ventilation
loads often eclipse building envelope heating
and cooling loads, cutting lab electrical power
and exhaust are natural places to start.
An energy audit of the actual lab, or a similar
surrogate lab, should benchmark in-lab power
density and exhaust rates up front, allowing the
team to set realistic lab parameters. Otherwise,
the cost of increased HVAC capacity can take
away from other lab objectives.
Included in this initial research is lifecycle
costing to identify the most energy-efficient,
cost-effective strategies. This involves developing
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INSIDE NOV|DECV FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
The editors of
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Laboratory Design are
now accepting entries
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2015 Laboratory of the
Year competition. This
annual award recognizes
the best new and renovated labs that
combine all aspects of the building
into a superior working environment.
The entry deadline is January 31, 2015
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Design. This issue is your guide to sustainable labs and “green” building strategies. The issue includes everything from
sustainable design going mainstream to
energy-efficient HVAC strategies to BIM
and campus sustainability programs.
The need for sustainable design and
the strategies applied both seem endless. One item high on the list of sustainable design recently is resiliency. As labs
represent a hefty capital investment,
resilient labs reflect long-term thinking
to ensure the building can maintain
operations, structural integrity and safety
whatever the weather may bring.
One could also say the A/E/C industry is now poised for resiliency as the
AIA has announced recently that the
Architectural Billing Index (ABI) shows
robust conditions ahead for construction, with scores reflecting an increase in
design activity. The new projects inquiry
index was up from previous months as
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Can sustainable lab design go mainstream?
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3 Pushing energy-efficient lab design
14 10 strategies for sustainable lab design
18 Flexible design: From startups to big pharma
22 Abstracts highlight lab sustainability conference
22 Applying an intelligent high-efficiency energy-recovery system
23 Your toolkit for good lab exhaust design
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As such, when looking for the low-hanging
fruit to cut down power use, heating and cooling catches our attention. Nevertheless, every
system requires scrutiny, for each affects the
other and, thus, the integrated whole.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Energy
Use Intensity (EUI) for an existing 1980s lab
building is typically 600 kBtu/sf/yr. To meet
today’s energy codes, which are usually based
on ASHRAE 90.1, the EUI usually falls under
300. A more aggressive project will target the
100 to 200 EUI range, and the leanest of the
lean—usually involving light lab programs—
can drop under 50, possibly even offset by
Figure 2: The fume hoods at Michigan State Univ.’s Molecular Plant Sciences Building are high-performance, low-flow systems. By considering alternatives, like automatic sash closers, combination sashes and ductless hoods,
labs can reduce fume hood energy use by a third or more.