Laboratory Design News publishes Wilson / BR+A research on Cleanroom Energy Efficiency

The latest edition of Laboratory Design Update links to ongoing research from the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), including Wilson Architects / BR+A’s paper Right-sizing energy-efficient cleanrooms: Lessons learned from Harvard LISE and other peer institutions.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Cleanrooms are energy hogs. But cleanroom energy use serves direct experimental needs. How do we balance these demanding requirements against institutional goals for greater sustainability? … Through a process of post-occupancy evaluation and targeted research, WA, BR+A and Harvard have collaborated on a … case study of the [Harvard] LISE [cleanroom], using metered data and input from the process of fine-tuning. WA and BR+A have extended that research to an extensive survey of cleanroom facilities across the U.S. …”

We design laboratories of all kinds, including Cleanrooms.  And we know they are extreme energy users.  Per square foot, they consume nearly 20x the energy used by a typical office.  We also care about the environment.  We’ve signed the AIA 2030 Commitment.  Over 90% of our current projects are LEED registered (by square footage), the majority of it tracking achievement at Silver (or better).  And we know our clients care deeply about sustainability; many of them are signatories to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

We are always searching for ways to improve our designs.  With this major research project, Wilson Architects and BR+A have spent the last two years interviewing cleanroom operators and researchers, sifting through energy data, and metering cleanroom energy.  We have identified a small handful of key energy drivers that point toward ways to reduce energy use – without compromising research.

Check out the entire abstract here or contact us to learn more.

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