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Moffett Field, California
Year of Completion
Material and its Properties
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.
William McDonough + Partners and AECOM, "NASA Sustainability Base - Building N232" (2011). Building Case Studies. 163.