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The Secret Math Behind RMI’s New Headquarters

Designing for net-zero energy and carbon in the nation’s coldest climate is not just a physics problem. There’s also the chemistry.

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center is going to be one for the record books.

Naturally ventilated and with a minimal mechanical system, this 15,600 ft2 commercial office in Basalt, Colorado, was tracking a miniscule energy use intensity (EUI) of 17.2 kBtu/ft2 during the harsh winter months after its initial occupancy in December 2015. It’s a beautiful and innovative space whose passive systems are doing almost all the heavy lifting. These technological feats will be talked about for decades to come.

Published April 4, 2016

Melton, P. (2016, April 4). The Secret Math Behind RMI’s New Headquarters. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/feature-shorts/secret-math-behind-rmi-s-new-headquarters