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NASA opens ultra-green Sustainability Base

July 15, 2011 - UNITED STATES

NASA's Sustainability Base, a US $20 million unique building that incorporates technology used by astronauts, is expected to open in mid July in the Silicon Valley of California. NASA set out to build the federal government's most sustainable building. It will generate more electricity than it consumes, and each part of the building performs an environmental function. Local building materials were used to help reduce emissions from transportation, and construction waste was recycled.

NASA's Sustainability Base, a US $20 million unique building that incorporates technology used by astronauts, is expected to open in mid July in the Silicon Valley of California. NASA set out to build the federal government's most sustainable building. It will generate more electricity than it consumes, and each part of the building performs an environmental function. Local building materials were used to help reduce emissions from transportation, and construction waste was recycled. The building uses recycled glass, carpeting and furniture. The oak flooring was salvaged from a demolished wind tunnel facility. It was designed to allow more natural light and air inside for the 220 NASA employees. Photovoltaic solar panels blanket the roof and patio umbrellas, and methane gas captured from landfills will eventually provide other energy needs. Depending on outside weather conditions, the building's central computer can open or close windows, adjust overhead lighting levels or raise and lower window shades. Extensive skylights and reflective white walls mean that overhead lights will be needed for only 40 weekdays a year, NASA said. The two-story, two-wing building, which will consist of approximately 50,000 square feet of space and house 225 workers, was designed by architectural firm William McDonough + Partners and AECOM and built by construction company Swinerton Inc. (WRITTEN Jul 2011) Estimated date

Sustainability Base (NASA)

Sustainability Base (MCDonough Partners)

NASA's Sustainability Base generates buzz for its eco-friendly architecture (LA Times 30 May 2011)

Date written/update: 2011-07-15