NREL Research Support Facility Phase 2

Category: Design and Analysis
Year: 2010
Status: archive Building Type: Offices
LEED: Platinum
Location: Golden, CO

The U.S. Department of Energy set a new standard with the design and construction of the Research Support Facility (RSF) on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado.  The project goals included energy use below 25kBtu/sf and Net Zero Energy.

Daylighting Innovations provided daylighting design, simulation and analysis services for the project, electric lighting zoning and control consultation, and final LEED documentation.

The building floor plate depth was studied early on to strike a balance between daylight saturation and construction efficiency.  The interior furniture and office layouts were designed to allow for access to daylight and views for all occupants.  Using the LightLouver Daylight System, a high level of daylight saturation is achieved for the open office plan that comprises over 75% of the buildings area.  Solatubes and controllable fabric shades provide daylight with darkening for the buildings various conference rooms.  A sloping roof on the top floor provides an optimal surface for the PV arrays that cover the entire project and allows for high north clerestory providing ample daylight for the upper floors.  An interior photosensor system ensures the lights are turned off or dimmed in response to the abundant daylight.

Awards

LEED Platinum

American Institute of Architecture Colorado - 2010 Citation Award for Built Architecture

American Institute of Architecture National - Top Ten Green Projects Award

American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado - Honor Award (Design Category)

Brilliance Award - Large Scale Comercial Honor Award

Brilliance Award - Exterior/Landscape Honor Award

International Interior Design Association Rocky Mountain Chapter - BEST Award

American Council of Engineering Companies California - Engineering Excelence Honor Award

Engineering News Record - 2011 Award of Excellence

2010 Newsmaker Award

US Department of Energy-  Environmental Sustainability

US Department of Energy - Secretary's Achievement Award

US Department of Energy - Technical Excellence Award

Colorado Biz Magazine - Colorado Sustainability Award

Colorado Department of Public Health - Achievment Award (Bronze)

Colorado Renewable Energy Society - Institutional Building Award

White House Council of Environmental Quality - GreenGov Presidential Award (Green Innovation)

Rocky Mountain Commercial Real Estate Expo - Project of the Year (Office Building)

Partnership for Public Service - Samual J. Heyman Service to America Medal (SAMMY)

International Association of Business Communicators - Gold Quill Award

American Concrete Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter - Award of Excellence for Green Construction

Associated General Contractors Colorado - Awards for Construction Excellence

Associated General Contractors National - AON Build America Award

American Institute of Steel Construction - 2011 IDEAS2 Award

Design-Build Institute of America Rocky Mountain Region - Best Project in the Public Sector

Design-Build Institute of America National - Merit Award; Citation for Sustainability Award in the Design Excellence Category; Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award, Owner - Karen Leitner

Independent Electrical COntractors, Inc - National Award of Excellence in Green Constuction

McGraw-Hill Construction - Outstanding Green Building 2010

Mountain States Construction - Gold Hard Hat Award; Special Judges Award

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