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Steel Shots: Net-zero Energy Lab Uses Recycled Steel
Posted by Alison Trost on March 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM.


Haselden Construction (Centennial, Colo.) is building the 219,000 square-foot Research Support Facilities (RSF) building, which is designed to be a model for sustainable, high-performance building design. The design–build team also includes RNL Design, Denver, and Stantec Consulting, which provided engineering, energy modeling and sustainability consulting.

Technology — from sophisticated computer modeling to advanced windows that actually open — will help the newest building at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) near Denver be one of the world’s most energy efficient offices. A short video clip (click here to view) shows its construction and explains many of the ways planned to achieve zero net energy use.


Although Denver-based structural engineer and builder KL&A is not mentioned by name, the first comment in the video is about its use of reclaimed steel gas pipe as the building columns, and all the action shots are about structure. Steel was provided by AISC member Omaha-based Paxton & Vierling Steel Co.

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