LEED for Labs
Wednesday, October 6
Earning certification from the U.S. Green Building
Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental
Design) program has become an important goal for the laboratory
design community. It can be challenging for labs to meet the standards
of the LEED building criteria, however, due to their inherent
complexity of systems, health and safety requirements, long-term
flexibility and adaptability needs, energy use intensity, and environmental
Labs21 developed the Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC),
a rating system for use by laboratory building project stakeholders,
to provide a way to assess the environmental performance of laboratory
facilities. While the EPC builds on the USGBC's LEED Rating
System, it does not provide a certification process.
The USGBC is now answering the call to provide "LEED
for Laboratories." Using the Labs21 EPC as a foundation, the
USGBC is developing LEED - Application Guide for Laboratories
(AGL) that will address various LEED credits and will be designed
to be appropriate for buildings created for science and technology.
This breafast session examined the points being covered in the
new LEED - AGL criteria.
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