5 WHAT’S NEW ON
20 NEW PROJECTS
INSIDE NOVEMBER|DECEMBER FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
2 Sustainable lab equipment
2 The importance of LEED certification
10 Interdisciplinary science in academic
13 2015 I2SL abstracts
14 SIUE New West Sciences Building
15 Lab sustainability: Time to look at waste
16 The top ten triple bottom line for lab design
17 Cost-effective sustainability and the cost of
19 Research workplace: Blurring the lines
high-performance hoods exhaust about
half that (680 cfm).
Product data from equipment manufacturer Labconco Corp., Kansas City, Mo.,
illustrates the cost differential between
conventional and high-performance hoods.
The company reports that at a face velocity
of 100 fpm, a typical conventional, constant volume 6-ft fume hood moves 1,200
cfm of air and costs about $8,700/yr to
operate, or $131,000 over the product’s lifetime. At the same face velocity, Labconco’s
6-ft Xstream high-performance, constant
volume hood moves 1,150 cfm, for $8,050/
yr ($120,750 lifetime); a variable air volume feature drops the cost to $1,883/yr
A hood uses less energy when the sash is
opened only as much as necessary. Infrared
movement detectors monitor the work area
in front of the hood, and automatically close
the sash after a set period of inactivity.
Ductless hoods, like those manufactured
by Erlab, Rowley, Mass., filter toxic material from the air without exhausting it into
the building system. While ductless hoods
raise the building’s plug load, they can have
the strongest environmental and energy
impact on the building overall, compared
to both conventional and high-performance hoods.
Class II, Type A2 biosafety cabinets
(BSCs) can similarly exhaust air either
to the room or via a thimble connection
to an exhaust duct, while type B2 BSCs
exhaust only to hard duct connections.
Because energy costs rise with the level of
protection, it’s important to choose the
By targeting regulated loads, a state-of-the-art lab can reasonably expect to meet
a goal of using 30% less energy than the
ASHRAE 90.1 2010 standard. Through
efficient equipment use, a 10% reduction
in plug loads is also achievable.
To attain this goal, it’s best to understand the lab’s current consumption.
Energy companies often loan measuring
equipment for establishing a baseline
plug load. Simply unplugging equipment
that’s not in use can improve a lab’s energy
performance. Replacing old, inefficient
equipment is the most effective way to
improve plug loads. Many organizations
provide rebates or grants towards the purchase of high-efficiency equipment.
Lifecycle costing (LCC) and return on
investment (ROI) are two critical measurements for understanding the energy performance of different equipment choices. LCC
analysis determines which alternative will
be more cost-effective over its entire product lifecycle: purchase, operation, maintenance and eventual disposal. To calculate
ROI, the benefit of a purchase—in this
case, projected energy savings—is divided
by the initial cost. LCC and ROI can help
determine which ventilation, washing and
sterilizing, cold storage and other equipment best meets their operational and energy performance needs.
Optimizing air changes is one way
to reduce energy use by fume hoods.
Conventional fume hoods exhaust about
1,200 cfm of air into the building system;
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The word sustainability is constantly
thrown around in
the A/E/C industry.
Most equate the
term with “green”
strategies and tech-
nologies. Yet, the term sustainability
goes far beyond “green.”
While “green” is a large part of
sustainability, flexibility and resil-
iency are also important. You can
have a “green” building that might
not be flexible, which would hinder
future science needs and researcher
wants. And you could have a flexible
building that might not be “green”
or resilient, where the building is
made for expansion, yet the energy
savings aren’t seen. Yet, when all
these concepts are harmonious in
one building, that building can truly
be deemed sustainable. And these
sustainable buildings are the ones
that lead to grant and funding dollars
coming in by the ability to recruit the
best of the best talent.
Remember, key to financial backing
is making the researchers at home.
This November/December issue of
Laboratory Design Newsletter is our
annual “green” or “sustainable” issue
(as I will now coin it). The articles
inside will help as a guide to creating
and measuring sustainable buildings
that will impress into the future.
From energy-efficient lab equipment
to LEED certification, this issue covers it all.
Laboratory Design Newsletter is
also seeking dynamic and intellectual
speakers for our annual Laboratory
Design Conference; and we will
soon open our entries for the 2016
Laboratory of the Year Awards. If you
are interested in speaking at the conference or entering the Laboratory of
the Year Awards, please feel free to
reach out to our Events Coordinator
Also, we are still looking for
exciting lab buildings to tour in the
Houston area for our conference. If
you know of a lab, please feel free
to email Kim.
By Lindsay Hock, Editor