The new Research Support Facility (RSF) at the Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab has quickly become a landmark accomplishment in the world of architecture and commercial building. The RSF shows firsthand that it is possible to build affordable, ultra-efficient office buildings by combining off-the-shelf technologies with thoughtful design. As a result, the RSF has won more than a dozen awards
Thanks in large part to Jeff’s work to coordinate the efforts of hundreds of people engaged in this project from both government and the private sector, the Department of Energy has successfully pioneered an integrated design-build process that shows how meeting energy efficiency goals can be at the heart of controlling costs and delivering a functional building
Yet, as the editors of Engineering News-Record observe, the RSF is only a single early step in a national effort to realize the tremendous cost-savings that energy efficient buildings make possible. Efforts by both private commercial builders
David Moore is an Energy Technology Program Specialist in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.