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Sustainable design decisions and costs in research laboratories

by Taylor R. Boyd, John D. Neilson, and Ellen Sisle with Kling Stubbins

It is probably safe to say that most people would not advocate deliberately damaging the environment, especially if there is no advantage in doing so. But profit and value also play a role in many of the choices we have to make. If the design solutions we advocate to help preserve the natural world are not financially feasible, they are not likely to be implemented. We have to evaluate what our ideas will cost, both initially and in the long term, as well as how well they will work.

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