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  • Applying Passive House Design Principles to Labs and Hospitals


    The Passive House building standard is considered the most rigorous, voluntary energy-based design and construction standard in the industry. Consuming 40 to 90 percent less energy than conventional buildings for heating and cooling, Passive House traditionally has been used in single-family homes, commercial buildings, schools, and office buildings, but the standard is making new strides toward application in energy-intensive laboratory buildings as well. While achieving true Passive House-level performance in a large-scale lab facility is still a far distant (if possible) goal, many of the standard’s fundamental design approaches can be used to significantly reduce energy consumption while improving occupant comfort and air quality.

  • Rodent Facilities of the Future: Larger or Smaller?


    Exponential growth in the use and development of genetically engineered rodent models during the last several decades has resulted in researchers at many institutions requiring ever-increasing amounts of vivarium space. However, new technologies will drive different design considerations and space planning in future rodent facilities, says Neil S. Lipman, professor and executive director of the Center of Comparative Medicine and Pathology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine.

  • WuXi Biologics Constructs Dundalk Single-Use Production Facility


    WuXi Biologics began construction in May of 2019 on a $365 million pharmaceutical production facility in Dundalk, Ireland.

  • Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunity for Sustainable Construction Technology


    The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office announced up to $33.5 million in funding in May of 2019 for early-stage research and development of advanced building construction techniques to reduce energy costs.

  • Novo Nordisk Powers Global Production with Renewable Electricity


    Novo Nordisk's global production will be entirely powered by renewable energy by early 2020, with a ten-year goal of achieving zero carbon emissions from operations and transportation.

  • University of Groningen Plans Science Teaching and Research Building


    The University of Groningen will begin construction in summer of 2019 on the 690,000-sf Feringa Building in the Netherlands. The $285 million facility will provide labs, cleanrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and offices to support science and engineering programs.

  • Lean Principles Transform Design and Operation of Animal Research Facilities


    Using the Lean continuous improvement process to increase efficiency and productivity is seen frequently in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, but less often in animal research facilities.

  • White Paper: O&M Headcount for New Science Buildings — What’s the Number?


    Too many expensive new science buildings are failing to meet their critical operational requirements. The number one cause of this costly and damaging outcome is a common yet preventable gap between 'build' and 'operate' that results in post-construction O&M staffing being too little, too late, and unprepared. But wait, there’s an algorithm for that!

  • Boden Type Data Center One Opens in Sweden


    Boden Type Data Center One opened in February of 2019 in Boden, Sweden.

  • York University Opens Business School Expansion


    York University opened the $50 million Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building in Toronto in January of 2019.