In our June issue, I wrote about linkurl:environmentally friendly laboratories;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/6/1/26/1/ 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;http://www.usgbc.org/ for that project, but has received even higher LEED ratings for two other research buildings on its Tempe campus. linkurl:The Biodesign Institute;http://biodesign.asu.edu/ , 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;http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19 that assure the sustainability of a building.
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