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NASA's sustainable building initiative makes an impact

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 14:08

Even government agencies are involved in the pursuit of more energy efficient structures and decreased operational costs. The "Renovation by Replacement" competition was created to challenge the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design and renovate inefficient buildings. The winning design would be provided with the funds necessary to renovate - up to the amount of the original price tag for the building.
In 2007, the Ames Research Center in northern California, was selected to demonstrate the technological expertise and leadership in sustainability.
"It was inconceivable to me that in the 21st century, in the heart of Silicon Valley, NASA would be building a building that could have been built 25 years ago," Ames Associate Director Steve Zornetzer told Next Gov. "NASA had to build the highest-performing building in the federal government, embed NASA technology inside and make a statement to the public that NASA was giving back to the people of planet Earth what it had developed for advanced aerospace applications." 
To accomplish the creation of a more sustainable structure, NASA's plans made sure to maximize the existing environment and incorporate the use of advanced technologies. The 50,000-square-foot building was renovated for $26 million and now includes floor-to-ceiling windows and open spaces that allow for natural light to fill a space. Heating is controlled with a high-quality radiant floor heating system that pumps warmth throughout the space. 
Because radiant floor heating requires less energy to run and can maintain heat for a long duration without interruptions or faltering it is the ideal solution. The utility boosts the comfort level NASA scientists and office workers feel as they go about their daily business, without negatively impacting operational costs. 

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