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Issue 26 – July/August 2012

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The Labs21 2012 Annual Conference is just one month away, and preparations are in full swing. Make sure to read all about the latest conference developments and offerings, and then plan to join us. We're getting great reviews on the plethora of sessions our agenda offers. We are especially excited to spotlight the winners of the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition, who will present their work and be honored at this year's conference. If you are interested in offering an internship to some of these bright young competitors, let us know so we can assist you with the connection.

For those of you attending the conference, consider coming to the Bay Area a day early to join us for networking and camaraderie at the Charity Golf Tournament and Clam Bake on Sunday, September 30. I look forward to tearing up some turf with you (if they let me on the course)!

Although our primary focus is on this year's conference, we are also looking ahead to 2013, when we will travel to the City of Lakes—Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will have a new name—the 2013 I2SL Annual Conference—but will continue to feature the same high-quality sessions and information on sustainable, high-performance buildings that has made the Labs21 Annual Conference so valuable for 14 years.

I am also delighted to announce a new way for you to officially get involved with us—I2SL membership. This membership program will be very important for supporting I2SL as we plan future conferences, workshops, and initiatives. I2SL Members will have the opportunity to promote their expertise to an interested audience and align with us as we develop resources to guide the high-tech facility community toward creating more sustainable facilities. In addition to I2SL membership, new website and other sponsorship options will be available starting at the conference in San Jose, California.

I look forward to seeing many of you in San Jose and wish you all a pleasant end of a hot summer and the beginning of a cool fall.



Phil Wirdzek
President and Executive Director

Labs21 2012 Annual Conference Announcements

Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching!

It's not too late to join us in San Jose! The deadline for the $995 pre-conference registration fee is Friday, September 21, 2012. Onsite registration will be available for $1,100. Register now and save!

Don't forget about the variety of pre-conference training sessions and offsite evening tours available to enhance your conference experience. If you've already registered for the conference, you can easily add a workshop or tour by entering your registration confirmation number on the registration form.

California is Calling!  Register for the conference on or before September 21 to save $105

See Smart Energy Solutions in San Jose

GovEnergy registrants, don't consider your travel plans a loss. Plan to join us in San Jose, California, instead! The Labs21 2012 Annual Conference offers continuing education credits for architects, engineers, and LEED® professionals; networking opportunities with industry leaders; and a reduced registration fee of $650 for federal employees.

Evening Tours: See High-Tech Building Sustainability in Action

On Monday evening, October 1, conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Stanford University campus. Come see the largest stem-cell-only facility in the world and an energy-efficient data center that tracks its energy savings using powerful, simple metrics.

On Wednesday evening, October 3, join us for a tour of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Biomedical Sciences Facility, a four-story interdisciplinary research laboratory that emphasizes sustainability and energy efficiency.

Learn more about these tours and add one or both to your conference registration!

Tech Fair Corner: Come See the Action at the Technology Demonstrations

We have a great lineup of Technology Demonstrations this year, including newly announced presentations from Labconco and FRIATEC AG.

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Come check out the latest industry developments in action!

Also, the exhibit hall is more than two-thirds full, and the last few booths are going fast. Be sure to reserve one before they're all gone!

Speakers: Submit Your Presentations

The deadline for speakers to submit their presentations is next Friday, September 7, 2012.

Send your presentations to labs21@i2sl.org. Please ensure that your presentation is complete and final when you submit it to I2SL. Don't delay. Please contact I2SL if you have any questions.

Symposia: Something for Everyone!

The symposia at this year's conference will give you an in-depth look into a variety of topics pertinent to sustainability in laboratories and other high-tech facilities. Immerse yourself in Silicon Valley during the Data Centers Symposium: Bringing Energy Efficiency Out of the Clouds and into Reality. If you are balancing your carbon budget, you may be interested in the Carbon Neutral Symposium: Aiming for Net-Zero. Check out the full list of this year's symposia for more topics of interest.

Side Meetings Take Center Stage

As I2SL works to expand this conference, its workshops, and its new sustainable laboratory initiatives, we are looking to you—the experts in the laboratory community—to share your expertise. Roll up your sleeves and join us for one or more of the following meetings being held at the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference.

Don't forget, I2SL's Working Groups meet throughout the year. Visit I2SL's website for a complete list of the I2SL Working Groups and more information on how you can get involved in their respective activities.

Get Continuing Education Credits With Pre-Conference Training Sessions

I2SL's pre-conference training sessions provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge topics related to laboratory and other high-tech building sustainability from industry leaders. In addition to quality education, pre-conference training sessions provide an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to receive their required continuing education credits, which are needed to maintain professional certifications. Pre-conference training session attendees are eligible to receive:

  • Continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.
  • Professional development hours for professional engineers.
  • Green Building Council Institute continuing education hours toward the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

Visit I2SL's website to learn more about these training credits and to sign up for a pre-conference training session. Already registered to attend the conference? Don't worry—you can add a training session to your registration by entering your registration confirmation number on the registration form.

Thank You to I2SL's Newest Conference Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars for 2013

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I2SL is proud to announce that the 2013 I2SL Annual Conference will be held September 24 through 26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What better place to host the largest annual gathering of sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility professionals in the nation than one of the greenest cities in the nation?

Attention exhibitors: Registration for the 2013 Technology and Services Fair will be open immediately following the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference, so plan to register early and secure a great spot in our exhibit hall.

Training Tidbits

Expand Your Knowledge and Earn Continuing Education Credits With Webinars

Would you like to earn more continuing education credits? Participate in upcoming I2SL High-Tech Talk Webinars and earn American Institute of Architects continuing education credits and professional development hours for professional engineers.

Hospital Energy Benchmarking: Take Care of Your Hospital's Energy
Thursday, October 18, 2012
1–2 p.m. EDT

The University of Colorado Green Labs Program: Greening Laboratories through Collaboration
Thursday, November 15, 2012
1–2 p.m. EST

If your company has a new energy- or cost-saving tool to share with I2SL's community, then we want to hear from you! The I2SL High-Tech Talks Webinar Series is now seeking speakers who would like to present to an engaged audience for hour-long webinar sessions in 2013. Please contact I2SL if you are interested in this opportunity.

I2SL's Latest High-Tech Talk Webinar Now Available for Download

If you missed the most recent I2SL High-Tech Talks webinar, Range of Utility Incentives for Laboratory Projects, you have another chance to find out what incentives may be available for you in the Northeast. The recording of the webinar is now available online. Other past webinars are also available for viewing.

Spotlight On…

The Winners of I2SL's International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition


Attention Employers

Are you impressed by the winning designs? Consider having one of the winning students come to work for your organization.

If your company is interested in offering an internship to one or more of the student design competition winners, please contact I2SL. Also, plan to join us at the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference to see winner presentations.


The winners have been announced! From nearly 600 registrants, the jury selected two winning teams—from Carnegie Mellon University and Clemson University—that both featured excellent use of integrated building design. In addition, three honorable mentions were chosen for the outstanding architectural elements in their designs. Read about the winning submissions.

This competition enabled architecture and engineering students from around the world to provide new and innovative thinking in the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable laboratories. The program focused on the proposed Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center, located on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stay tuned as I2SL works to place all student submissions on its website, giving you a unique view into the creative minds of tomorrow's designers and engineers. Interested in demonstrating your dedication to the next generation? Contact I2SL to sponsor this library of submissions.

News You Can Use

Become an I2SL Member and Gain Benefits All Year Long

Looking for a way to stay connected to high-tech facility tools and networking beyond the annual conference? I2SL is pleased to announce that you can now become an I2SL Member and gain more avenues for contributing to emerging industry resources and learning about the latest sustainable laboratory developments. Membership benefits include complimentary access to all I2SL High-Tech Talk Webinars, a benefit that pays for itself after just two webinars! Members will also receive identification at the I2SL Annual Conference and recognition as part of I2SL's Global Community, be able to create and lead working groups, submit Sustainable Laboratory Times articles, and take advantage of many other exclusive benefits.

Learn more and sign up today for a year-long membership!

Take Five Minutes to Help Inform the Future of BIM

I2SL, the buildingSMART alliance™, and IFMA are researching how building information modeling (BIM) is supporting laboratory and related high-tech facility operations and management. To help inform this research, the partners would like to hear how you—the high-tech facility industry—are using or would use BIM.

Check out the Engineering News-Record article "Driving BIM into Facilities Management and Operations" for more information on how I2SL hopes to use this survey.

Please contribute to the effort by taking a few minutes to complete the survey so that you can lend your experiences to this important industry research. The survey will be open for response through Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Initial survey results will be analyzed and shared during a special session to be held on Monday, October 1, 2012, in conjunction with the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference in San Jose, California. There is no charge to attend this session, but please RSVP to I2SL by emailing labs21@i2sl.org.

Updated Energy Recovery Best Practice Guide

The Labs21 Best Practice Guide on energy recovery in laboratory facilities has been recently updated and expanded. View the revised version (1.3 MB, 18 pp) to learn more about the various types of energy recovery devices and systems that can substantially reduce the heating and cooling energy required for conditioning spaces in laboratories.

Upcoming Industry Events

Labs21 2012 Annual Conference
San Jose, California
October 2–4, 2012
The conference is hosted by I2SL. I2SL Board Members will participate in the conference.

Hospital Energy Benchmarking: Take Care of Your Hospital's Energy
An I2SL High-Tech Talks Webinar

October 18, 2012
1–2 p.m. EDT

The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA) Fall Conference and Trade Show
Uniondale, New York
October 30–November 1, 2012

IFMA World Workplace 2012
San Antonio, Texas
October 31–November 2, 2012

The World of Sustainable Laboratory (WOSLAB)
Bilbao, Spain
November 5–8, 2012
A sustainable laboratory event organized by the MAITE Foundation, an I2SL Partner.

The University of Colorado Green Labs Program: Greening Laboratories through Collaboration
An I2SL High-Tech Talks Webinar

November 15, 2012
1–2 p.m. EST

Coming Next Issue…

  • Labs21 2012 Annual Conference highlights
  • 2013 I2SL Annual Conference sneak peak
  • Spotlight on…2012 Go Beyond Award Winners

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