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Metro Branch: Tour of NREL's Research Support Facility Building

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Starts On - November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm
Ends On - November 16, 2016 - 5:30pm
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden , CO 80401

Join USGBC Colorado's Metropolitan Branch for a Nov. 16 tour of National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Research Support Facility.

About the facility

The Research Support Facility (RSF) showcases high-performance design features in a large, occupied office building. Many of the technologies and strategies used in the RSF are a direct result of NREL's energy efficiency and renewable energy research efforts.

The RSF uses 50 percent less energy than a building built to current commercial code and achieves the LEED Platinum rating. Researchers working in the RSF use real-time building performance data to study the building's energy use and make adjustments.

Learning objectives

  1. Learn how the RSF was designed and constructed to achieve an EUI of 35.
  2. The RSF Datacenter was designed to achieve a 50% energy saving over traditional approaches, on the tour you will learn how.
  3. The RSF achieved net-zero energy (consumes as much energy as it produces from the 2.5 MW solar array) learn the challenges the operations staff encounters as the building ages.
  4. Water conservation was a key piece of the design of the RSF, learn about roof drainage used to irrigate water gardens and water efficient fixtures used in the facility.

Speaker: Shanti Pless, Senior Research Engineer at NREL


Shanti joined the Commercial Building Research Group at NREL in 1999 with a focus on applied research and design processes for commercial building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy.

This work has included facilitating numerous integrated design processes and energy modeling teams needed to realize cost-effective zero-energy commercial buildings. He is leading the development of the next round of Advanced Energy Design Guides and managing the Whole Buildings Systems Integration section of the group.

Shanti has written more than 50 journal articles, industry publications, guidebooks, and technical reports related to energy efficiency and zero-energy buildings, with frequent national keynote speaking experience at industry conferences such as Greenbuild, AIA, and ASHRAE. He was awarded an ASHRAE Technology Award in 2013 for NREL's large-scale zero-energy Research Support Facility.