Thursday, August 27, 2009

NASA and William McDonough Break Ground on “Sustainability Base” in California

August 26, 2009 was the ground-breaking ceremony for William McDonough (left) + Partners’ new Collaborative Support Facility called "Sustainability Base" (right) at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Silicon Valley.

The 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to be the highest-performing building in the federal government, and will incorporate an array of green-building strategies (natural ventilation, a geothermal system, radiant cooling, on-site photovoltaic energy generation, etc.) as well as some of the latest NASA technologies. “I like to think of it as the first lunar outpost on Earth,” the center’s director said.

The combination of NASA's initiative to establish a habitable base on the Moon and the implications for how to live more sustainably on Earth make this one of the most important design projects on the planet. The "closed-loop thinking" that NASA has to do to sustain life on the Moon is what McDonough's group is trying to use in their designs for Sustainability Base on Earth.

Click on the heading above to learn more about the mission and features of the “Sustainability Base” in a five-minute video.

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