Showcasing both high-performance and aesthetics, the facility shines as the first Zero Energy Building of its kind.
US Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National DBIA - Excellence in Design – Citation; and Merit Award - Office
AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 Green Project
McGraw-Hill Construction Best of the Best Awards – Green Building
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF) is a showcase of integrated design that results in aesthetically compelling, high-performance buildings acquired at a competitive first-cost and lifecycle cost. Not only was the RSF designed to meet the LEED Platinum rating as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council, it was also the first Zero Energy Building (ZEB) of its kind. The building showcases technology advances in the field of sustainable building and site design, and captures the public’s imagination for renewable and energy efficient technologies.
This world class office facility has the capacity to accommodate 820 employees from both NREL and the Department of Energy Golden Field Office (DOE) staff. In addition to open office, semi-private and some private offices, the facility includes a library, data center, employee lunch room, lobby, conference, and support spaces.
The building has been operational for five years and has surpasses the original net zero energy goals.
This project is the result of the incredible level of collaboration, communication and teamwork that has occurred with NREL. This project represents the highest level of partnering I have ever been part of in my 29 years of experience.