Low Energy Labs: The Nexus Between Architectural and Engineering Design

Monday, April 29, 4:20 - 5:10 PM

Room #: Manatee Spring I & II

This presentation will explore the nexus between architectural and engineering design, and the programmatic and spatial considerations for clean, safe and low energy laboratory buildings. 

Low energy buildings start in the master planning phase where the accommodation and programmatic adjacencies can best be manipulated and shaped. The speakers will explore different implementation techniques to pursue scientific discovery through innovative architecture and engineering. 

Since not all methods can be used for all building types, case studies will be used to profile recently completed science buildings and how challenges were overcome through an integrated design approach, encouraging dialogue and collaboration between design and engineering experts and end users. The presentation will examine how emerging trends in the science communities influence decisions on lab design, early planning, programming, and lab flexibility.

These choices can impact building design and energy usage that can be both positive and negative, as well as work to keep the future at bay. Understanding the impact of these design decisions allows the designers to chart the course for a low energy lab of the future.

Key Takeaways:
•    Discover emerging scientific trends that impact research laboratory design.
•    Gain knowledge about different engineering strategies to reduce energy.
•    Understand some of the key architectural and spatial design decisions that affect building energy.
•    Receive a set of key issues to discuss with owners and end users to help point them to low energy operations.

Note: The AIA has approved this course for HSW credit.

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