Designing a facility to shine as the first net-zero energy building of its kind in the world
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility (NREL RSF) transforms innovative research in renewable energy and energy efficiency into market-viable technologies and practices. Industry-leaders, they saw an opportunity to directly impact national energy security. How? By redefining the standard for commercial buildings in the world.
From its inception, the RSF was designed to be a world-changing building with the goal of creating the largest commercial net-zero energy structure on the globe—and a blueprint for a net-zero energy future. It’s meant to influence others in the building industry to pursue low energy and net-zero energy performance. The RSF will do just that, as well as further NREL’s long-term mission of global sustainability.
Housing more than 1200 people, the RSF sets as an example for staff to learn from and work by. In addition to open office, semi-private, and some private offices, the facility includes a library, data center, lunch room, lobby, conference, and support spaces—all promoting well building features.
The award-winning Research Support Facility (RSF) is a showcase of how high-performance buildings can be aesthetically-appropriate at a competitive cost with limited risk. It serves as a model for cost-competitive, high energy performance commercial buildings for the nation’s design, construction, operation, and financing communities.
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