e-News #52: Low-Energy Lab Design

December 1, 2005
 
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It's no easy undertaking to design a high-performance laboratory building that uses very little energy while meeting comfort, health, safety and programmatic requirements. Laboratory buildings typically have very energyintensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that operate 24 hours per day and use 100 percent outside air. In fact, it's not uncommon for HVAC systems serving lab spaces to use from five to ten times more energy than HVAC systems serving office spaces.

Laboratory facilities also often have high plug loads due to specialized computers, freezers, and other research equipment. To make matters more complicated, lab spaces often need to be integrated with dissimilar types of spaces, including offices, conference rooms and libraries.

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