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Issue 17 - January/February 2011

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During the week of February 11, I2SL traveled to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts to meet with many of the region's laboratory owners, operators, and consultants, as well as architecture and engineering firms and product manufacturers to help plan the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 20 to 22 in Providence, RI. We received expressions of great interest in the event and a strong commitment to promote, participate in, and sponsor the conference. We also visited several possible tour locations in and around Providence. The trip overall was a great success, generating new ideas and relationships for the event.

If we did not meet with you during the site visit, or if you are from outside the New England area, and you wish to offer suggestions and support for the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference, please contact I2SL. I also encourage you to submit an abstract as the Call for Presenters remains open until March 25.

I2SL would also like to thank our five new conference sponsors and acknowledge their commitment to reaching higher standards for sustainable laboratory facilities. Their sponsorships help I2SL make the Labs21 Annual Conference a success and promote the mission of Labs21. Donate today to receive maximum recognition in the run-up to and during the conference.

For the second year in a row we would particularly like to thank Schneider Electric for demonstrating its interest in I2SL's mission and commitment to the success of the conference through its generous support.

Finally, let me remind you that the I2SL Global Community seeks laboratory owners needing project assistance to submit a free request for proposals to the Global Community Web page. These requests will help match your project to a vendor supplying the products and services you need.

We hope 2011 will be a successful year for all, and that I2SL and the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference will broaden your business network and strengthen your commitment to the goals and objectives we share with the Labs21 program.

Thank you,


Phil Wirdzek
President and Executive Director

Labs21 2011 Annual Conference Updates

Call for Presenters Submissions Are Due March 25, 2011

The deadline for submitting your abstract to the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference Call for Presenters is quickly approaching. Are you a laboratory or high-performance facility planner, designer, builder, manager, or other industry leader? Then Labs21 wants you to hear from you!

This year we're seeking abstracts on a number of exciting topics, including:

  • Carbon neutrality and renewable energy
  • Efficient data center design and equipment
  • Sustainable laboratory design for new and retrofit building projects
  • Balancing environmental health, safety, and security with sustainability
  • Sustainable laboratory equipment and chemicals
  • Building information modeling (BIM) and BIM for facility management
  • Laboratory operations and maintenance
  • Unique and specialty laboratories

Speakers at the Labs21 Annual Conference receive a number of benefits, including a discounted registration rate*; the opportunity to expand and publish your work on I2SL's website and in other publications; your name, company, abstract, and presentation published on I2SL's website (with your permission); and countless networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Don't wait, submit your abstract today.

* Discount applicable until July 15, valid for one speaker per each presentation group.

Discover Providence

Technology and Services Fair Update

Vendor registration is picking up speed, with more than one third of the exhibit hall already reserved!

Floor Plan Posted

The floor plan is now available! Take a look and register soon in order to reserve a prime spot.

Early Bird Registration Discount

Save your company money by paying for your booth staff by May 2. Sign them up during the booth registration process to lock in last year's registration rates, which will increase once registration opens on May 2.

Also, if you register for your booth on or before May 31, you will save $500 per booth. The early bird gets the discounts!

Sponsor the Labs21 Annual Conference and Enjoy Benefits All Year Long

I2SL is proud to announce our first five sponsors of the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference!

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I2SL would especially like to thank Schneider Electric for once again becoming a major sponsor of the conference.

Now is a great time to confirm your conference sponsorship. Sponsor now and be seen by the nearly 39,000 visitors to I2SL's website each month. Sponsorship ensures your company's logo is prominently displayed on I2SL's homepage and will be noticed by everyone who visits. Don't miss out on this and other promotional opportunities conference sponsorship provides. Donate now to become a sponsor!


2011 Course Schedule

Orlando, Florida
April 11, 2011
8:00 a.m. to noon
I2SL will host the Lighting Control Workshop: Effective, Efficient, and Sustainable Light Control Strategies for Laboratory and Healthcare Facilities in conjunction with: Laboratory Design Conference 2011.

Registration coming soon!

I2SL Announces Monthly Webinar Trainings

I2SL is hard at work planning its newest offering: High-Tech Talks. This forthcoming webinar series will aim to educate, connect, and diversify the sustainable laboratory and high-performance facility community. Webinars will promote interactivity, making conversation between the presenter and the audience a priority.

Webinar topics may include:

  • Data Centers for the 21st Century
  • Improving heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system controls
  • Achieving greater water efficiency
  • University and unique laboratory retrofits
  • Implementation of Labs21 Tools

The webinar schedule is currently under development. If you are interested in presenting during an I2SL High-Tech Talk, please contact us! More information on the High-Tech Talks will be posted on I2SL's website in the coming weeks.

I2SL's Spotlight On… The 2010 Go Beyond Award Winners

Dwayne Willmer, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Go Beyond Award Winner

Dwayne Willmer, the National Director of the Laboratory Business Segment of PWGSC, has been a champion for Labs21 throughout Canada. Mr. Willmer has accomplished many notable achievements for Labs21, including hosting multiple Labs21 Workshops and incorporating the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria into at least six Canadian laboratory projects. Additionally, Mr. Willmer has promoted the use of the Labs21 Energy Benchmarking Tool to various Canadian ministry representatives. By using this tool, facility managers are able to better measure and monitor their facility's performance on several levels, something that was previously difficult for them to achieve.

Dwayn Willmer accepting the 2010 Go Beyond Individual Award Dwayne Willmer (left) accepting his Go Beyond Award, with Phil Wirdzek of I2SL (right).

Learn more about Mr. Willmer and his 2010 Go Beyond Individual Award.

Where Are They Now...

Noisette Sustainable Community, South Carolina

During the Labs21 2007 Annual Conference, attendees had the privilege of learning about and touring Noisette, an up-and-coming community that would change the face of sustainable urban design. Noisette's 3,000-acre site, located in North Charleston, South Carolina, was in the beginning stages of development during the 2007 conference. Plans were in place to build an 82-acre campus for the Clemson University Restoration Institute and a 340-acre area that would serve as a mixed-use urban core, featuring residential, commercial, and public spaces.

That was nearly four years ago. Today, Noisette is a thriving, urban community that continues to exemplify sustainable living. The Navy Yard at Noisette has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Development (LEED®-ND) certification, becoming the first LEED-ND certified project in South Carolina. Residentially, new home sales have risen in the Noisette community, whereas homes sales in other parts of the region haven't fared as well. The Clemson University Restoration Institute is up and running, bringing in faculty, students, and staff dedicated to creating a premier home for knowledge of and expertise in restoration industries and environmentally sustainable technologies.

Noisette provides a great example of how sustainability can be envisioned and achieved. The community's lasting commitment to sustainable growth has paid off, and they're not done yet! Learn more about Noisette.

I2SL's E-Library

New Extended Abstracts Added to E-Library

We are pleased to announce that new extended abstracts have been added to I2SL's E-Library. Twenty-two new abstracts were added in 2010 on topics such as sustainable architecture; specialty laboratories; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; finance; and evaluating facility performance.

Many of these abstracts were accepted into Laboratory Design Newsletter, a publication that shares the latest laboratory science innovations with research scientists, engineers, and technical staff members. Supplement your research by reading about these new ideas in I2SL's E-Library.

News You Can Use

Global Community – A Call for Owners

I2SL continues to form a mission-driven Global Community that encourages and enables the development of technologically advanced, energy-efficient, and environmentally sustainable laboratories throughout the world. The Global Community aims to be a "one-stop shop" in supporting the creation of sustainable laboratories.

Several vendors have already listed their services on the Global Community website. Now, I2SL is seeking laboratory owners in academia, industry, and government that are in need of project assistance. Are you looking for a manufacturer, product, or firm that can provide sustainable solutions for your laboratory? Then you're encouraged to post your request for proposals to I2SL's Global Community website, free of charge!

Student Design Competition Moving Forward

I2SL is pleased to announce that the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition is moving forward with the help of a second grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. This funding will allow I2SL to begin working with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to launch the competition at universities worldwide. I2SL continues to seek additional funding. If your company would like to sponsor the competition, or you are aware of a grant source appropriate for the competition, please contact I2SL.

Join an I2SL Working Group

I2SL has formed Working Groups that meet regularly to take on the sustainable facility communities' toughest challenges. In addition to regular calls throughout the year, I2SL will plan in-person working group meetings at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference. Don't miss your opportunity to participate. To join the Global Sustainable Laboratory Network, the Marine Laboratory Working Group, the Laboratory Lighting Working Group, or any other I2SL Working Group, please contact I2SL.

  • Laboratory Lighting Working Group Update
    The Laboratory Lighting Working Group will officially kick off with a call early this year. The working group has been steadily increasing in membership as more individuals become interested in discussing the best lighting systems and controls available to improve occupant comfort, safety, and productivity.

  • Marine Laboratory Working Group
    The Marine Laboratory Working Group's second call was held on January 19. The working group discussed challenges faced by marine laboratory facilities around the world, which the group found tend to be similar no matter the laboratory's location. The working group will aim to develop a marine laboratory questionnaire to find out more about the needs of this community and determine facility benchmarks. The next working group call will take place in March.

  • Global Sustainable Laboratory Network
    During the January 26 call of the Global Sustainable Laboratory Network, I2SL facilitated a discussion on upcoming member projects and goals for the working group. Common topics and areas for collaboration include benchmarking, laboratory ventilation, and participation in several European events throughout the year. The next working group call will occur in June.

Around the Industry

IFMA Facility Fusion 2011

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Phil Wirdzek, representing I2SL, will speak at the International Facility Management Association's (IFMA's) Facility Fusion 2011 Conference, being held March 23 to 25, in Boston, Massachusetts. Phil will speak on laboratory energy sub-metering, benchmarking, and transforming facility management with BIM in complex facilities and laboratories. The event is targeted toward giving facility managers the tools they need to improve the performance of their buildings by supplying new ideas and methods for operating facilities and managing teams. Learn more about the Facility Fusion 2011 Conference.

I2SL Represented at AIHce

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Phil Wirdzek, again representing I2SL, will also speak at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce), being held May 14 to 19, in Portland, Oregon. AIHce is the premier event for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. This event covers topics ranging from the basics of industrial hygiene to the latest trends and emerging issues in the industry. Phil will talk about the role I2SL and the Labs21 Program can play in making laboratories more energy efficient and cost conscious.

Sharing I2SL's Vision of Sustainable Design with the Middle East

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I2SL board member Gordon Sharp traveled to the Middle East this January. One of his objectives was to help promote I2SL and the sustainable laboratory program objectives it shares with the Labs21 program. With help from the U.S. Department of State, he began developing contacts in Qatar that could lead to organizing an I2SL/Labs21 event in that area. Due to its severe climate and the significant number of medical, education, and research facilities that either exist or are in design/under construction, Qatar could well benefit from what I2SL and Labs21 have to offer. Additionally, many U.S. universities—such as Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Texas A&M, and Northwestern University, all actively concerned about their carbon footprint—have satellite campuses in Qatar, and their facility groups would benefit from learning more about energy efficiency and sustainable approaches for laboratories.

Upcoming Industry Events

BrightTALK™ Cloud Infrastructure Summit
March 2, 2011
Sponsored By: BrightTALK™

IFMA Facility Fusion Conference
Boston, MA
March 23–25, 2011
Sponsored by: International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

8th Annual Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring and Data Quality Workshop
Arlington, VA
March 28–April 1, 2011
Sponsored by: Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

Laboratory Design Conference 2011
Orlando, FL
April 11-13, 2011
Sponsored by: Laboratory Design Newsletter and R&D Magazine

Ontario Solar Academy's Five-Day Solar Photovoltaic Design & Installation Course
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 25–29, 2011
Sponsored by: Ontario Solar Academy

SEFA Annual Spring Meeting
Northbrook, IL
April 26-28, 2011
Sponsored by: Scientific Equipment and Furnature Association (SEFA)

Markley Data Center 2011 Networking Exchange
Boston, MA
April 28, 2011
Sponsored by: Markley Group

The 2011 International Conference on Research Facilities
National Harbor, MD (Washington, D.C.)
May 9-10, 2011
Sponsored by: Tradeline, Inc.

AIHce 2011
Portland, OR
May 14–19, 2011
Sponsored by: American Industrial Hygiene Association

Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities Training
July 7, 2011
1:30 p.m. Eastern
Sponsored by: DOE's Federal Energy Management Program

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  • How to register for the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference
  • Spotlight on … Sandia National Laboratories

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