Year of Completion

2011

Client

NASA Ames Research Center

Material of interest

Metal

Material Used

Steel

Material Properties

The steel and aluminium used were chosen because they had high recycled content and were regionally available, thereby reducing transportation energy.

Application

Exterior

Climate

Mediterran Climate

Environmental Response

The steel frame is disassembleable and repairable after a seismic event, lightweight insulated panel reduces the amount of material required for construction. Exterior cladding was provided in pre-fabricated unitized components. The exterior bracing system and the short width allows the building to not need columns, which allows an abundance of natural light into the spaces. The light metal and glass building allows enough daylight so that artificial light is only needed 10-20% of the year. Operable windows allow for passive cooling of the building, and photovoltaics on the roof allow the building to generate 30% of its energy.

Keywords

Metal, NASA, california, steel

Location

Moffett Field, California

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Date submitted

2013

Disciplines

Architecture

NASA Sustainability Base - Building N232

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