NREL Research Support Facility

Golden, 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.

At a glance

  • Owner National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Architect RNL
  • Delivery method Design-Build
  • Project size 222,000 SF
  • Construction cost$90 million
  • CompletedJuly 2010