The Cost-Efficient Zero-Net Office Building
with racking in place
for 1.6 megawatts
By setH Masia
Using off-the-shelf technology,
NREL’s new LEED
makes as much
energy as it uses.
When;the;National;Renewable;Energy;Lab- oratory;(NREL);set;out;to;build;a;new Research Support Facility — basically, a set of administrative offices — the goal was to;move;the;staff;of;825;out;of;existing;con- ventional office buildings using energy at
as 91 kBtu/ft2/yr (979 kBtu/m2/yr).;The;goal:;cut;energy
make that energy with renewable technologies, right on site.
ing, lighting, air-conditioning and data-center power costs.
Further, the new building was to use off-the-shelf technol-
Seth Masia ( email@example.com) is deputy editor at SOLAR TODA Y.
50 May 2011 SOLAR TODAY
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY / NREL
sion wing, scheduled for completion in October. It will