Take a Closer Look
NREL's state-of-the-art cafeteria (Café) on the South Table Mountain campus, certified to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum-level rating, uses about 25% less energy than a cafeteria built to current commercial code.
- Square feet: 12,140
- Occupants: 240
- Energy Use: 150 kBtu per square-foot, per year
- Energy Performance:
- The building performs 25% better than ASHRAE 90.1 2007 standards, or a cafeteria built to current commercial code.
- LEED Rating: Platinum
- Cost: $6.75 million
Energy Efficiency Features
- Daylighting, accompanied by tubular skylights, helps achieve uniform light distribution across the main dining area space to limit the use of electric lighting
- ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances and other high-efficiency equipment reduces the building's need for power
- A kitchen ventilation system with demand-controlled exhaust hoods
- Cutting-edge duct grease sensors monitor build-up and alert the operator when cleaning is necessary
- Low-flow, pre-rinse water valves
- LED lights with occupancy sensors in the walk-in refrigerator, freezers, and hoods turn on and off automatically.
- Composting and recycling bins
- Locally-sourced food
- Dual-rinse, water conserving dishwashers
- Methods for recycling stormwater
- Native and xeriscape vegetation.