As to the sustainability of the complex, a number of sustainable building techniques will be utilized in order to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The use of shading and natural ventilation will help keep indoor and outdoor spaces cool in the hot desert environment. Natural light will flood through the partial shading into interior courtyards and indoor rooms. Landscaping and building will take advantage of seasonal breezes to offer temperate zones for the comfort of residents and visitors. LED lights will be utilized throughout for more energy efficient lighting, and photovoltaics will help provide power to the complex.
Who ever said a research institute devoted to the study of fossil fuels can’t be in a green building? Still, the development would be a little more palatable had it been meant for another area of research altogether.