In our June issue, I wrote about linkurl:environmentally friendly laboratories; and last month, I wrote about Arizona State University's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, which is scheduled for completion by 2010. ASU plans to seek LEED Silver status from the linkurl:US Green Building Council; for that project, but has received even higher LEED ratings for two other research buildings on its Tempe campus. linkurl:The Biodesign Institute; , a center focused on multi-disciplinary research on the nano scale, received top LEED ratings for two of its buildings: LEED Gold status for its Building A and the highest rating, LEED Platinum, for its Building B. Achieving these certifications is nothing to sneeze at. It requires adherence to stringent linkurl:design and operation principles; that assure the sustainability of a building.

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