Gallery: NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest F...

Photo by Mike Chino for Inhabitat
NASA has charted the stars and sent humans into outer space - and now they're breaking ground here on Earth by launching the greenest federal building in the United States. Opened last month, the LEED Platinum NASA Sustainability Base is a thinking, learning building that puts the space-age technologies of tomorrow to work on earth today. The landmark project generates more energy that it consumes using a photovoltaic array, a small wind turbine, and a Bloom Energy Box fuel cell, and it utilizes a super efficient greywater recycling system (designed for the International Space Station) to cut water use by 90% compared to a traditional building. It also features an extensive network of wireless sensors that allow the building to automatically react to changes in temperature, sunlight, wind, weather, and occupancy to provide a comfortable interior environment. Inhabitat recently had a chance to take a sneak peek at the new building, which was designed by William McDonough + Partners with integrated design and engineering by AECOM - read on for a look!

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  1. Nathaniel Ross May 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Fantastic coverage of a groundbreaking building. Now, if only our cities’ architects could follow suit!

  2. nasaslame April 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So, instead of our MoonBase we get another SubUrban office building…

    Thanks NASA.

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