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Green and Gold: NIST Boulder’s New Laboratory Achieves LEED Gold Certification
From NIST Tech Beat: February 20, 2013
The new Precision Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo., has received LEED Gold certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides third-party verification of green buildings. Among their benefits, LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs, reduce waste, conserve energy and water and reduce 'greenhouse gas' emissions.
The PML, which opened last year,* achieved this distinction despite the need to meet many special requirements for its research mission. Stringent controls of the internal environment are required for precision measurements with lasers, atomic clocks and nanotechnology. For instance, mechanical equipment takes in outdoor air and provides filtration, heating and cooling, and humidity control. Air quality is maintained through the use of low-odor adhesives, sealants and paints, and carpet and floor materials that minimize release of chemicals and gases.
Special features that led to the LEED Gold rating include:
"This new laboratory and the LEED Gold certification are the result of a close collaboration of NIST facilities and property management staff, the scientists, procurement and safety staff, and many contractors," said Mike Kelley, acting director of operations for NIST Boulder.
The LEED "scorecard" on the PML is available at http://new.usgbc.org/projects/building-1-extension.
* See 2012 NIST Tech Beat article, "Two New Advanced Laboratories Open at NIST Boulder and JILA," at www.nist.gov/pml/labs-041712.cfm.