9 people from 7 organizations attended the annual RFB (Research Facilities Benchmarking) Annual Best Practices meeting hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Presentations by the NREL team included:
- Office Spaces of the Future at NREL – we are early into re-programming all office space on the NREL campuses to increase density and present a modern progressive office environment that is highly connected and responsive to the users’ needs.
- NREL’s Intelligent Campus. This would be focused around the efforts NREL is doing to envision and implement a truly integrated campus that is a model of efficiency whether its energy, water, mobility, etc.
Facility tours included:
- Research Support Facility – LEED Platinum facility, 360,000 sf, largest net zero energy building in world, holds about 1400 occupants and we are re-programming to hold about 2,000 staff. Constructed in 2010
- Energy Systems Integration Facility – LEED Platinum Facility, 1 of 2 in world that can test integration of renewables to grid at utility scale, 180,000 sf. Constructed in 2013
There were also the normal group discussions and mini-presentations on current activities by those attending.