The following is a list of suggested areas for innovation credits.
It is not meant to be an exhaustive or restrictive list, and innovations
not on the list may also be candidates for the innovation credits.
- Mini Environments: Minimize the space that has rigorous environmental
requirements. Use specially enclosed spaces to keep areas requiring
tight environmental controls as small as possible. One example
is the provision of a clean bench for a process instead of the
use of an entire cleanroom.
- Displacement Ventilation: A low-pressure air distribution system
in which incoming air originates at floor level and rises to exhaust
outlets at the ceiling. Incoming air is delivered to interior
rooms by way of floor-level vents. This incoming air displaces
upper air, which is exhausted through ceiling-level vents. Air
pollutants generated within the building are removed at source
and are not recirculated. In addition, heat generated by ceiling
level lights is removed, and thus heat is not included when estimating
building cooling loads.
- Optimized Utility Services: Use equipment without excessive
utility service requirements (e.g. high pressure), or provide
stand-alone utility services. For example, equipment that requires
high-pressure compressed air, water, or steam, or excessively
chilled water should be avoided when equipment requiring less
intensive service are available to the owner/occupant. Often excessive
requirements are driven by low equipment first-cost, but put a
significant burden on the laboratory's utility infrastructure.
One piece of equipment can dictate the utility service delivery
set-point with significant energy impacts. Where lab equipment
may dictate utility service set-points, consider stand-a-lone
utility systems (e.g. a dedicated chiller).
- Design for Flexibility and Modularity: For example, the use
of interstitial floors.
- Design for Catastrophic Events: Innovative design that minimizes
the release of hazardous chemicals into sanitary sewer and storm
water during a catastrophic event such as a fire, flood or earthquake.
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