Saturday, January 14, 2017

3 Benefits of Green Lab Construction Today

More than ever before, you’re going to find that laboratory construction is going green. This is being pushed by the United States Government, and is starting to be evidenced by several different projects that are in the works right now. Whether you look into academia, private sector, or government research lab design and production, you’ll find that going green is not a construct that is in label alone. There are benefits that come through with this solution, and it can be something that is worth exploring today.

Reducing Energy Consumption

Research facilities, especially those that are dealing with harsh chemicals are notorious for having to deal with energy consumption. The consumption of energy is higher because of the intricate safety measures that are needed for ventilation. Ventilating large labs can be tough, but it’s a very important thing to consider because the occupants could be dealing with toxic fumes and air that is not safe to breathe in. Ventilation systems are not the only reason why energy consumption is high within lab settings, but it’s one of the major elements of concern that architects have to face off against. Facilities that focus mainly on research can consume a lot of natural resources, as well as contaminate local water supplies, and more. Going green reverses that trend from construction and beyond.

Saving Money On Construction

There are several stress points that come with construction. This includes more than just worker salaries, it comes through with the equipment used, the raw materials used, and the processes that are utilized to put things together. However, green options don’t allow for wasted energy. That being said, efficiency is taken into account. Efficiency is showcased through the use of specific types of machinery, as well as working with renewable materials, recycled materials, and composite options that can cut costs in the short term as well as the long term.

Environmental Benefits Abound

Lumped into a larger framework is the fact that green lab design and construction can very well help the environment. There is an initial reduction in the use of water, as well as conversation of resources. Aside from that, you’ll find that you’re going to improve long term air quality, water quality, and all natural ecosystems currently set in the construction zone. These benefits are not just “one and done”, so to speak. Instead, they are long lasting, and can help with sustainable construction, efficiency, and much more. Environmental benefits lead to reduce costs in production, as well as social benefits, and awareness.

At the end of the day, the above are just 3 benefits that come with green construction. Lab design may not be the most talked about subject. But the framework that is being used today, is a lot greener than people realize. With the U.S. Government pushing for more efficient design layouts, construction, and codes, it’s easy to see the many benefits that are coming through with modern labs today. Whether you look at the private sector, academia, or government buildings, there’s a measure of efficiency that are in place outright. 

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