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Breakfast Session:
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 impacts.

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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