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National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Research Support Facility

An ambitiously sustainable building for a client that practices what it preaches

  • 40+


  • 340K

    Square Feet

  • LEED

    Certified Platinum

  • Golden, Colorado

    Golden, Colorado

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.

At a Glance

AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Green Project Award
National Design-build Institute of America Excellence in Design
Meet Our Team

Porus Sam Antia , Senior Associate, Buildings

I provide vision for the next generation of living and adaptive buildings, achieving harmony between the built environment and the natural world.
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Peter Bright, Principal, Senior Project Manager

Outgoing, versatile, and energetic project management style maximizes efficiency, delivery, and quality.
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Josh Gould, Vice President, Buildings

I’m passionate about making a positive impact on the built environment and work with each client to capture the spirit of a place.
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Dave Knoll, Principal, Buildings Engineering

The communities we create foster lifelong relationships.
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Mike Voll, Principal, Sector Lead Smart Technologies

You don’t have to dig deep in the earth to find the energy we need to survive. Blowing wind, flowing rivers and warming sun are easily accessible for those with the passion to harness them.
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  • Porus Sam  Antia

    Senior Associate, Buildings

  • Peter Bright

    Principal, Senior Project Manager

  • Josh Gould

    Vice President, Buildings

  • Dave Knoll

    Principal, Buildings Engineering

  • Mike Voll

    Principal, Sector Lead Smart Technologies

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