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NASA Goes for Energy Efficiency in New Building

381104main_scene_1_-_aerial_226A new $20.6 million NASA building is being hailed as the greenest-ever construction project by the federal government.

The new Ames Research Center, dubbed the “Sustainability Base” by NASA, is being constructed near Moffett Field in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The building will use a number of technologies originally developed for use in outer space, including specialized sensors, but the facility will conduct research on a number of down-to-earth matters, including making more energy efficient windows to light bulb designs, reports MercuryNews.

Closer to NASA’s mission, the facility also will contribute research that could be used on future missions to the moon and Mars.

The building will have 20,000 square feet of rooftop photovoltaic panels.

To improve heating and cooling of the facility, it will use geothermal wells to dissipate heat in warm weather and extract ground heat during the winter. Additionally, the building will be situated so as to allow sensors to open windows and allow for natural breezes to regulate the indoor temperature.

During the night, the building’s sensors will help pump cool evening air over the foundation slab, as a means of creating a thermal reservoir that regulates temperature during the day.


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3 thoughts on “NASA Goes for Energy Efficiency in New Building

  1. SO Nasa has finally developed a new technology to open and close windows ‘to regulate the indoor temperature’..what progress. Uses electricity I suppose.
    It’s not very impressive to place a building in the countries very most pleasant climate, and then begin claiming thermoregulatory victories..
    NASA you put stuff on Mars and fly robots around the Sun…do it on Earth, I say.

  2. Geothermal heat pump system fits with “greenest-ever” federal construction. What is not mentioned is that a geothermal heat pump system can also provide improved control of the spread of viruses.

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