RMI - Innovation Center

Project Description
Basalt, Colorado, USA

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, non-profit organization focused on transforming the global energy system and improving lives by ensuring a clean, prosperous zero-carbon future.  Designed as a demonstration facility, the organization's state of the art Innovation Center truly embraces this mission utilizing high-performance design and technologies to achieve LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy ratings.  This state of the art development produces more clean energy than it consumes, is 74% more efficient than the average office in the same climate, and at the time of construction was the highest performing building in one of the coldest climate zones in the U.S.!  Amazingly, the project has no central heating or air conditioning relying on a high perfomance building envelope and passive solar features.

These achievements are made possible in part due to Embedia's Solarai Plus control system, a critical component of the building superinsulating envelope.  Sun tracking automation of the exterior blinds optimizes passive heating, cooling, and daylighting not only to manage solar heat gain and thermal comfort for occupants, a key design criteria for the project, but also to harvest natural light thereby reducing the building's energy consumption. 

  • Project Architect
    ZGF Architects
  • Control Features
    Exterior Venetian Blinds , Predictive Solar Tracking , Anti-glare Regions , Advanced Modeling , BMS Integration , Control Panel Software , Floorplan Views , Operable Windows
  • Certification and Awards
    LEED Platinum Certified
    International Living Futures Institute Zero Energy Certified
    PHIUS+ Source Net Zero Certified
    Architecture 2030 Challenge Target Exceeded
    International Living Futures Institutes Petal Certified
    2018 - Center for the Built Environment Livable Buildings Award
    2017 - CoreNet Global Sustainable Leadership Award
    2017 - World Architectural News Sustainable Building Award (Commended Project)
    2017 - Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award - Green Architecture
    2016 - AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Award Winner
    2016 - Engineering News Record Mountain States Award Winner, Best Green Project
    2016 - Engineering News Record Mountain States Award Winner, Safety Poject of the Year
    2016 - PHIUS Award Winner, Best Overall Project
    2016 - PHIUS Award Winner, Best in Office/Institutional Category
    2016 - Associated General Contractors of Colorado Award Winner, Best Building Project ($10-40m)
    2016 - Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Honorable Mention