NREL opens largest net-zero building in U.S.
When the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden [Colo.]released its 506-page RFP for a non-negotiable LEED-Platinum-certified office building, it wasn’t clear how something jammed full of sustainable elements would take shape.
The RFP laid out not what the building should look like but how it should perform; it was up to the design-build team to come up with the rest. At 222,000 sq ft, the Research Support Facility, completed in June, is the largest net-zero-energy building in the nation, and is supported by a matrix of innovative features, most of which were designed by NREL scientists, according to an Oct. 1 Architectural Record report.