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A toolbox for carbon dioxide-free buildings

November 5, 2013 4:32 pm | News | Comments

A set of new building technologies introduced by an alliance of Swiss companies makes it possible to heat and cool buildings without the emission of carbon dioxide. One initial key element of the system is a hybrid collector, built into the roof construction, that serves as a photovoltaic system delivering both solar power and heat that is fed to an underground accumulator.

EPFL's campus has the world's first solar window

November 5, 2013 4:08 pm | News | Comments

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in...

Hamilton Scientific continues expansion to LEED-certified building

July 18, 2013 4:23 pm | News | Comments

Hamilton Scientific, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of laboratory furniture and fume...

Scientist, federal panel advise DOD on green building

April 3, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

New recommendations by a National Research Council (NRC) expert panel on green and...

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New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight

March 27, 2013 2:45 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. The new structure accomplishes two goals. It is an effective a broadband mirror for solar light—it reflects most of the sunlight. It also emits thermal radiation very efficiently within the crucial wavelength range needed to escape Earth's atmosphere.

Research shows how earthquakes can impact fire safety in buildings

March 11, 2013 4:32 pm | News | Comments

Damage to building structural elements, elevators, stairs, and fire protection systems caused by the shaking from a major earthquake can play a critical role in the spread of fire and hamper the ability of occupants to evacuate, and impede fire departments in their emergency response operations. These are among the conclusions of a groundbreaking study of post-earthquake building fire performance conducted in 2012 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Can seaweed be used as a building material?

March 8, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

For many coastal dwellers, seaweed washed up on the shore is nothing but a nuisance. But this raw material has proven itself capable of keeping buildings well insulated. Washed up on shore, it is generally regarded as a waste product and ends up as landfill. Together with industry partners, researchers in Germany have succeeded in turning it into insulation.

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CREATE Wins R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year

March 4, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

The 2013 Laboratory of the Year Judging Panel has completed its deliberations and has awarded the 47th annual Laboratory of the Year Award to Singapore’s National Research Foundation for its new Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE). The new hub represents some of the latest concepts in multi-disciplinary research and collaboration. Additional awards were given to laboratories representing the best of sustainability, collaborative science, and renovation.

Engineer defines the globalization rubric for construction

December 6, 2012 1:19 pm | by Neal Moriconi, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Many design and construction companies are frustrated by a lack of strategic information when it comes time for them to decide whether to expand their efforts globally.  John E. Taylor, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech has created a unique lab at Virginia Tech that can identify systemic changes in engineering networks of industrial and societal importance, and could help guide these companies.

CEMEX launches new construction material in U.S.

September 26, 2012 6:53 pm | by Nick Gilbert | News | Comments

Using latest developments in nanotechnology and mineralogy, Fortium ICF from CEMEX enhances concrete’s performance at a microscopic level, while totally eliminating up to 75% of the steel reinforcement normally needed for vertical concrete construction.

Computerized house to generate as much energy as it uses

September 13, 2012 4:11 am | News | Comments

NIST unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial year-long experiment, the facility will be used to improve test methods for energy-efficient technologies and develop cost-effective design standards for energy-efficient homes that could reduce overall energy consumption and harmful pollution, and save families money on their monthly utility bills.

Controlling Airflow in Class II Biosafety Cabinets

August 13, 2012 5:28 am | by Jim Hunter, senior project engineer; Mark Meinders, product manager; and Brian Garrett, product specialist, Labconco Corporation | White Papers

HEPA filter loading can compromise a biological safety cabinet's ability to maintain proper airflow. This white paper, by Labconco Corp., will review the current technologies used by various biosafety cabinet manufacturers to monitor and maintain proper airflows as HEPA filters load.

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A Laboratory for All

June 18, 2012 5:28 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

By sticking to one big "Idea", project leaders for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery were able to make a number of new laboratory design concepts work.

Open to Innovation

June 15, 2012 12:45 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Flexible by design, Kansas Bioscience Authority's Venture Accelerator is on track for LEED Gold certification.

Sustainable Growth

June 15, 2012 12:29 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The first new building for the first new medical center built in California in decades has two major missions: Create new doctors and save energy.

The Ups and Downs of Modern Laboratory Design

June 15, 2012 11:43 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

A slow resurgence in laboratory design projects is revealing important lessons: do more with less, do it faster, and do it smarter.

Commercial building owners can save big with energy controls

April 20, 2012 7:58 am | News | Comments

According to a recent report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38% on their heating and cooling bills if they installed a handful of energy efficiency controls that make their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems more energy efficient.

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Secured Gas, Safe Lab

April 19, 2012 11:14 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Compressed gas cylinders are everywhere, but their use entails a high level of responsibility.

Control Valve Integrates Three Functions In One

April 17, 2012 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Building Technologies Division has launched a new line of pressure independent control valves (PICVs) that integrate three functions into a single device: control valve, adjustable flow limiter, and automatic pressure regulator. These PICVs are especially suitable for a large hydronic HVAC system application.

Thermo Fisher Scientific debuts Unity Lab Services

March 13, 2012 5:26 am | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced the Pittcon 2012 debut of Unity Lab Services, an offering that combines laboratory support services to create a single solution for customers to optimize productivity and reduce their total cost of laboratory operations.

New labs, new philosophies

March 1, 2012 3:36 am | News | Comments

R&D Magazine is proud to announce the 2012 Laboratory of the Year winners. These laboratories represent the pinnacle of design and execution in architecture for research and development. New construction facilities dominated this year's competition, but beyond this common theme the top new laboratories of 2012 differed widely in design philosophy.

Better Times, Better Labs?

October 18, 2011 10:10 am | by R&D Magazine Editors | Articles | Comments

As R&D laboratories put tough economic times behind, more flexible, energy-efficient labs may be on the horizon.

Aircuity, Siemens improve energy efficiency in crime detection laboratory

October 3, 2011 7:23 am | News | Comments

Aircuity and Siemens Industry Inc. announced that the State of Alaska has chosen to combine Aircuity's OptiNet system with Siemens' APOGEE Building Automation System/Laboratory Control System to improve energy efficiency in its new Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory.

EMD Millipore announces innovative cartridge recycling program

September 28, 2011 11:41 am | News | Comments

EMD Millipore announced it has launched ech 2 o—the first collection and recycling program for EMD Millipore laboratory water purification consumables.

Student strengthens concrete with nanosilica

June 14, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

Through his study of chemical reactions within concrete at the nanoscale, Jon Belkowitz, a doctoral student at Stevens Institute of Technology, plans to put an end to the problem of alkali silica reactivity, a chemical reaction that causes fissures in concrete as it sets.

Rising from the Desert

June 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Despite a design and construction timeline of just 30 months, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology fulfills its mission as a flexible, user-friendly lab space.

A Total Transformation

June 9, 2011 8:04 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Construction of a brand-new genomics and cell science laboratory at the University of Connecticut was out of the question, so designers renovated a time capsule.

A Sustainable Thirst for Science

June 9, 2011 7:47 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

The first LEED Platinum process science facility strives to satisfy both consumer taste buds and the environment.

Thomas Edison also invented the concrete house

June 2, 2011 6:16 am | News | Comments

Last month, a New Jersey Institute of Technology professor gave historians, who tend to think concrete architecture originated in Europe, some food for thought. According to Matt Burgermaster, Thomas Edison invented the single-pour system for building from concrete in 1917. Evidence remains in numerous examples of buildings in New Jersey, near where Edison’s factory was located.

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