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Lessons in a Design-Build Approach: The U.S. Department of Energy Leads the Way to Affordable Energy Efficient Designs | AASHE 2010 Conference (AASHE)

Commercial buildings account for 19% of the nation’s energy consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration, so when the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) decided to build a new office building to house its staff, energy performance was naturally a top priority. The new Research Support Facilities (RSF), currently in construction on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is utilizing a wide variety of energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption by 50% over standard commercial buildings. But the goal to achieve a LEED Platinum rating didn’t override a focus on cost. The RSF’s construction costs are competitive with today’s less energy efficient commercial buildings, proof that energy efficiency doesn’t have to come at a premium. Read more……………

Lessons in a Design-Build Approach: The U.S. Department of Energy Leads the Way to Affordable Energy Efficient Designs | AASHE 2010 Conference (AASHE).

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