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Energy Saving Buildings Win National and Local Honors

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Golden, Colo., Nov. 21, 1997—Two prestigious awards—one local, one national—prove that when it comes to designing energy efficient buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) practices what it preaches.

The laboratory's Thermal Test Facility (TTF) won the 1997 Jefferson County Design Excellence Award in the Sustainable Development category. The TTF, which opened this year and houses NREL's buildings research program, is approximately 70 percent more energy efficient than typical office or research facilities built to federal energy codes.

NREL staff assisted Boulder-based ABO Copeland Architects in designing the energy-saving features of the TTF. The jury that selected NREL for the award included representatives of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Denver Home Builders Association, The Jeffco Board of Realtors and the Jefferson County Commissioners.

The commissioners will present the award at a ceremony 9 a.m., Dec. 9 in hearing room 1 of the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

The national magazine, Energy User News, selected NREL for its 1997 Energy Efficiency Award in the New Construction category. The award recognizes the innovative energy efficient designs of NREL's main research buildings, most of which have been constructed in the past five years.

The buildings include numerous passive solar and daylighting features that reduce annual energy consumption by 30-70 percent. The building's design and construction were a collaborative effort between DOE's Exemplary Buildings Program and NREL's Buildings and Thermal Systems Center and the Site Operations Center.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 20.


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