National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility

Golden, Colorado

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

Project Size

222,000 sf

Building Performance

LEED-NC Platinum


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

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning

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.
JA. (Drew) Detamore Director, Infrastructure and Campus Development Office, NREL

Meet the team

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility

von Luhrte

Senior Principal
Emeritus Board Member

In service to community and profession, Richard L. von Luhrte has made our communities better places to live, work and visit. You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about placemaking or more committed to advancing the craft of Architecture, and we are proud to have him as a Senior Principal and Emeritus Board Member at RNL.

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