NREL Hopes New Facility with Daylighting Features Will Spur More Energy-Efficient Construction

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) soon will open a facility that is intended to serve as a model for daylighting and energy-efficient construction. Upon completion, it is expected to be the largest net-zero building in the United States, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) spokesperson George Douglas told GBI.

Scheduled to open this summer, the DOE Research Support Facility (RSF) on NREL's South Table Mountain Campus near Golden, Colo., will house more than 800 staff and an energy-efficient information technology data center.  The construction cost of the building will total approximately $54.7 million, Douglas said.

Because 19 percent of the country's energy is used by commercial buildings, DOE plans to make this facility a showcase for energy efficiency. DOE hopes the design of the RSF will be replicated by the building industry and help reduce the nation's energy consumption by changing the way commercial buildings are designed and built.