29 Jan '13, 3pm

Research Facility Influences New High Performance Buildings

Research Facility Influences New High Performance Buildings

Energy-efficient features found in NREL’s Research Support Facility, including daylighting, are being replicated in other buildings across the country. Credit: Dennis Schroeder "There are days when I think I should quit my job and just be a tour guide," jokes NREL Senior Research Engineer Shanti Pless. "But I'm willing to do it because I see the impact taking people through this building has on our future energy savings." Energy savings is precisely what the RSF demonstrates every day as 1,800 NREL staff start their workdays in a 360,000 square-foot Class A office building that generates as much electricity as it uses, thanks to rooftop photovoltaics. Even after potential visitors hear that the RSF was built at the same price as a non-efficient building, they can be skeptical — until they see it with their own eyes. "Seeing is believing," Pless said. "Everyone who comes th...

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