NASA Plans Self-Sustaining Green Building (Aug. 10, 2009) — NASA plans to build the self-sustaining green building, called “Sustainability Base” that would be the greenest building in the federal government. The name Sustainable Base is an homage to Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base.

nasa_base2The $20.6 million building will be NASA’s most ambitious plan in its arsenal of eco-friendly projects. The main aim is to build a self-sustaining structure that consumes no net energy and 90 percent less potable water than other buildings its size.

The building will utilize current alternative energy technologies such as water recycling systems, fuel cells and solar panels to achieve a LEED-certified building.

According to Steve Zornetzer, Associate Center Director at NASA Ames, “When the Apollo astronauts looked back and saw the Earth, it was such an astounding image that it’s really served as almost a touchstone for the whole environmental movement.”

An intelligent controls system that was derived from space program counterparts will control all the technologies in the building.

The main computer of the Sustainability Base will check the weather conditions constantly to plant environmental control and also has the capability to adjust temperatures inside the building depending on the number of people in the building.

Other systems include geothermal well cooling system, computer controlled windows, energy-use monitors.

On August 25, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Ames Research Center will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication event for what we expect will become the highest performing building in the federal government and the construction is expected to be completed by November 2011.

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