NREL Building One of the World’s Most Energy Efficient Office Spaces

Posted on September 29th, 2010 by
   

I’m taking the day off today to show you this awesome video of a new energy efficient building that’s being built for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. I heard the Director of NREL, Dan Arvizu, speak at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Smart Grid Summit a few weeks ago and he discussed the innovative strategies that were incorporated in the development of the building. What was surprising to me was that he said that the percentage that was spent on the design of the building was much higher than what is allocated for a typical commercial property. But because NREL was able to spend extra time on the design, they were able to squeeze out savings in lighting and HVAC load that couldn’t have been achieved otherwise.

I’m going to be attending NREL’s 23rd Growth Forum in a couple of weeks, in Denver. And I’ve also got plans to speak with NREL’s leadership to discuss some of the specifics of the design and build. So be on the lookout for the posting of an NREL Interview in our Interview Series soon.

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