NREL Research Support FacilityGolden, Colorado
The National Renewable Energy Lab is the nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
The Research Support Facility (RSF) is a model for the U.S. Department of Energy in terms of showcasing integration of high-performance building design, construction practices, and technological advances. The facility makes substantial use of daylighting, dramatically reducing energy use, and provides a pleasant and productive open space workplace for more than 800 employees. Haselden also completed a highly complex site infrastructure package to connect the RSF building to a gasification central plant.
Infrastructure work completed on this project included parking lots, process piping, roads, and landscaping totalling $14 Million of the construction costs.
Energy-efficient features include: under-floor air distribution systems, Energy Star electrical and telecommunications systems, two separate buildings that run in an “H” configuration to maximize daylighting, photovoltaic (solar) roof, thermal building skin, and occupant-controllable windows. The RSF is LEED® Platinum and is net-zero energy.