S-Lab in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, EAUC and the Scottish Funding Council
High Performance Science Buildings:
How to make them Safe, Successful and Sustainable
13.00-16.00 Monday 24 June 2013, University of Edinburgh
Universities aim to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the face of financial and
other pressures. As science and technology research and teaching are among their
most expensive operations, this requires new thinking in the design and operation of
their buildings – especially laboratories.
This free workshop is for academic, estates and technical staff in universities, and their
architects and engineers. It takes advantage of a UK visit by Wendell Brase who is Vice
Chancellor (Administrative and Business Services) at the University of California, Irvine
– who is giving a keynote address to the Effective Laboratories Conference, 18/19 June
at University of Liverpool.
Mr Brase will describe the campus and laboratory improvement programme that he has
overseen at Irvine – and within the broader University of California system – and focus
on Irvine’s “Smart Lab” initiative. This integrated set of laboratory design criteria and
performance standards greatly reduces energy consumption (by 50% in new designs
compared to existing ones) – and operating costs – and provides performance benefits.
This will be followed by presentations on the approach taken for the following:
 New Biomedical Science Annexe at St Andrews, (BREEAM Outstanding)
 Refurbishment of the Old Royal High School for Edinburgh Centre for Carbon
Innovation (aiming for BREEAM Outstanding).
This master class workshop will discuss the issues and offers excellent interactivity.
The workshop has been made possible by Scottish Funding Council support for a joint
University of Edinburgh / S-Lab project, in collaboration with Aberdeen, Glasgow,
Napier and Strathclyde Universities which has piloted the S-Lab / NUS Green Impact
Laboratory Environmental Assessment framework at each of the partner institutions.
Co-hosted by the EAUC-Scotland Topic Support Network on Sustainable Construction.
Please register now at to book your place.
See S-Lab section of for the LEA framework and activities like:
Cases, guidance, videos, presentations and other outputs on good laboratory practice
The Effective Laboratory Conference at Liverpool University on 18-19 June (with over
100 presentations and 300 delegates) See
High Performance Science Buildings:
13.00 – 16.00 Monday, 24th January 2013, The University of Edinburgh
Raeburn Room, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Location: and travel information at:
Workshop Programme
12.30 – 13.00 Registration (NB refreshments mid-afternoon only)
13.00 – 13.10 Welcome and Overview: The challenge we face in designing new
buildings and refurbishing existing research facilities
Graham Bell, Depute Director, Estate Development, U of Edinburgh
13.10 – 13.50 High Performance Science Buildings at University of California, Irvine
Wendell Brase, Vice-Chancellor
13.50 – 14.20 Procuring excellent new & refurbished science buildings at Edinburgh
David Somervell, Sustainability Adviser, University of Edinburgh
14.20 – 14.50 Achieving high performance science buildings at St Andrews
David Stutchfield, Energy Officer, University of St Andrews
14.50 – 15.20 Refreshments and networking
14.50 – 15.35 Table Discussion on how to achieve high performance buildings
15.35 – 16.00 Final plenary discussion with speaker panel on issues arising
16.00 (approx) End
Please book now at
WENDELL C. BRASE is vice chancellor for Administrative and Business
Services at the University of California, Irvine. With 31 years of experience in the
UC system at UC Santa Cruz and at Irvine he is responsible for UC Irvine's
administrative, financial, and business services.
Mr Brase chairs University of California's Climate Solutions Steering Group.
UC Irvine’s Administrative and Business Services have been cited with eleven national awards for
process improvement, innovation, and administrative streamlining, including first prize in NACUBO's
Higher Education Awards Program (1996), Best Practices Award from CAUSE (1997), the USA
Today Quality Cup Award (1998), and the EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Administrative
Information Systems (2004) and numerous LEED Awards.
See his article on discussing low carbon projects on the ACUPCC Implementer website at
S-Lab in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, EAUC and the Scottish Funding Council
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