The Research Support Facility is a Green Building

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A Sustainable Leed Platinum Building

A sustainable development could be defined as a self-sufficient project that can meet actual and future demand without compromising future resources. A sustainable development can be defined as the Research Support Facility in Golden, Colorado. This ultra-high performance building incorporates several design innovations, renewable strategies and excellent performance, so high, that it will only use 50% of the energy it will use if designed under traditional methods.

This sustainable development owned by the US Department of Energy, has also been certified LEED Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. More than 220,000 square feet of high performance and avant-garde technologies have been combined to produce this sustainable development aimed to be completed by 2011.

Sustainable Development: RSF Project Team

This sustainable development was built by a team of excellent contractors, and design professionals. Lead by Colorado's own Haselden Construction, teamed with Stantec and RNL Design, the team won a competition for a $64 million sustainable development. Under a design build approach, the team planned an innovative approach using integrated design and extensive planning, reducing risks and lowering construction-related costs. The final team was formed by:

Contractor: Haselden Construction

Architects: RNL Design

Interior design: RNL Design

Mechanical engineer: Stantec Consulting

Structural engineer: KL&A Engineering, Golden Office

Electrical engineer: Stantec Consulting

Civil engineer: Martin / Martin, Inc.

Owner: U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo.

Architect: RNL, Denver

MEP Engineer: Stantec, San Francisco

Civil Engineer: Martin / Martin, Lakewood, Colo.

Structural Engineer: KL & A, Denver

Design-Build Contractor: Haselden Construction, Centennial, Colo.

Among the Subcontractors: Trautman & Shreve (mechanical), Denver; Weifield Group (electrical), Denver; Rocky Mountain Prestress (precast concrete), Denver; JR Butler (glazing), Denver; OfficeScapes (modular furniture), Denver; Paxton & Vierling Steel (steel fabricator), Carter Lake, Iowa; Architectural Energy Corp. (LEED, daylighting and commissioning consultant), Boulder, Colo.; Technology Plus (IT and AV consultant), Aurora, Colo.

Sustainable Development Features

This 220,000 sustainable development was able to showcase these amazing features:

1. Building Orientation- This H shaped sustainable development maximizes the North to South exposure. It provides great daylight and natural ventilation almost everywhere on the building. The 25% window-to-wall ratio, after extensive modeling and cost-analysis, help regulate interior temperatures.

2. Thermal Mass and Thermal Labyrinth- A massive concrete basement will allow to either release heat during winter months to release cool air to reduce high summer temperatures. The massive S- shaped basement, will direct the air into labyrinths two stories up, and traveling down ventilation shafts. The North section of this sustainable development will be used for heating, while the South section will be use for both, heating and cooling.
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