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NASA Sustainability Base

Building Details

Building NameNASA Sustainability Base Construction / refurbishment date01/01/2012 Building Size50,000 sq. ft.
Building Typecommercial Address Moffett Blvd Mountain View California 94035 United States Region americas

Performance Details

Net Zero Operational Carbon

Buildings or developments that display best practice outcomes in energy efficiency, are powered by renewable energy, and as such have been verified and certified as "net zero energy and/or carbon" projects.

Qualification criteria: Certificate level: United States Net EUI: 40,750 kWh/m2/yr Net RPI: 149,948 kWh/m2/yr Net Offset Ren Energy Src: Net Offset Details: Net Verification Year: 2016

Additional Details

NASA engaged William McDonough + Partners to design Sustainability Base, its first new construction in more than 20 years. The NASA team wanted to show how a federal facility, with a tight schedule and conventional budget, could be a model of effectiveness and sustainability. Sustainability Base is named in recognition of the kinship between it and the first off-planet human outpost on the moon, Tranquility Base. It is among the first federal facilities to obtain LEED Platinum certification.

NASA uses Sustainability Base as a living laboratory to develop methods and tools for understanding and controlling dynamic energy and water systems here on Earth. Sustainability Base also effectively combines passive and active heating/cooling and daylighting strategies to optimize energy use. On site, a BloomBox® ES-5700 (fuel cell) produces more electricity than peak demand and roof-mounted SunPower E-19 panels can produce 87kw, approximately 30% of annual demand. Over the course of a year, PV generation accounts for approximately 30% of the building’s electricity needs and 720,000 kWh of excess energy gets fed back into the grid per year.

Submitter's Details

OrganisationWilliam McDonough + Partners Member of GBCUSGBC

The NASA team wanted to show how a federal facility, with a tight schedule and conventional budget, could be a model of effectiveness and sustainability.