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NASA's Sustainability Base

Updated on August 20, 2013
NASA's Sustainability Base
NASA's Sustainability Base | Source

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has opted not to limit its technological and scientific advancement to off-planet excursions. In 2011, NASA opened the latest in innovative thinking for earthbound office space (as perhaps the 'next giant leap' for mankind).

The Ames Research Center's Sustainability Base — as the new structure is named — has arrived on the grounds of Silicon Valley's Moffett Federal Airfield in San Francisco, showcasing many of the latest advancements in sustainability and energy-efficiency. The structure derives from NASA's 'Renovation by Replacement' strategy to meet the agencies evolving needs, as well as those of its expanding network of consultants and contractors. (The facility's name is a clever play upon the Tranquility Base moniker coined by astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969 for the first manned moon landing site.)

NASA and the entire design and construction team involved with Sustainability Base are collaborating in pursuit of a Platinum Level Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the completed structure. Among the incorporated sustainability features are the structure's narrow floor plates of column-free space (for better overall daylighting), substantially reduced freshwater consumption, significant fresh-air ventilation capability, locally-sourced construction materials, recycling of all construction wastes, and provision of plentiful green space. The $20 million facility is expected to generate more power than it consumes. It may thus achieve 'net-zero' sustainability status.

Project partners include the architects William McDonough + Partners and AECOM, consultants Loisos & Ubbelohde, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, as well as numerous NASA managers involved in planning, operations, bioengineering, technology, research and infrastructure.

NASA: America's Space Exploration Agency
NASA: America's Space Exploration Agency | Source


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      rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      QudsiaP1: Thanks! Glad to offer something interesting.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub, very informative.

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      rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, LoneStar, glad to provide some enjoyment.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Rick, this is great. Nicely written and you've got me firing off all kinds of ideas from this. Sustainability, of course, is critical for any permanent presence on the Moon or Mars. Very nicely done on your part, for writing it, and on NASA's part for thinking it up.