NASA KSC Building M6-490
- Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
- Climate Region: 2A: Hot - Humid
- Building type(s): Laboratory, Industrial
- New construction
- 22,100 ft2 (2,060 m2)
- Project scope: a single building
- Urban setting
- Completed May 2008
- Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Silver
The Life Support Facility (Building M6-490) is a one-story building located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Life Support Facility consists of 22,120 square feet of mixed-use space.
The Life Support Facility incorporates sustainable features into the building construction. High efficiency heating and cooling systems were installed in the building to increase energy efficiency throughout the building. The demand control ventilation system, which includes CO2 monitoring sensors, allows the HVAC system to operate optimally based upon occupancy. The HVAC system also improves the indoor environment by allowing for humidity control. The use of photosensors and motion sensors in the building also helped to increase energy efficiency by preventing unnecessary use of lighting. Outdoors, no irrigation is required, thus reducing overall water use. Indoors, low-flow plumbing fixtures have been installed, allowing for an anticipated 30% reduction in potable water use. Several materials used in this project, including concrete, carpeting, ceiling tiles, and steel, are made of recycled content. Low emitting materials were used in the sealants, adhesives, paints, carpets and composite wood. Approximately 50% of the wood was certified.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal government
- Typically occupied by 45 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 0 visitors per week, 0 hours per visitor per week
- Expected Building Service Life: 30 years
Occupants primarily work in laboratories.
Conference, Laboratory, Restrooms, Electrical systems, Mechanical systems, Manufacturing
Integrated team, Green framework, Green specifications, Commissioning, Stormwater management, Efficient fixtures and appliances, HVAC, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Durability, Salvaged materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, Certified wood, C&D waste management, Occupant recycling, Ventilation effectiveness, Moisture control, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring
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