WSJ: NREL’s office greenest in U.S.


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A national spotlight, (LED of course), today is highlighting the National Renewal Energy Laboratory research facility in Golden that the Wall Street Journal is hailing  as the greenest office building in the country.

The so-called “net zero” building in on track to meet its goal of a 100 percent reduction in energy use, according to the article. The Denver architectural RNL, which designed it the $64 million office building, and are others are  busy fine-tuning the building to eke out even more energy savings, including those on the next phase, which includes a parking garage and another wing.

The building was built by Denver-based Haselden Construction LLC. RNL also designed the 1800 Larimer office tower in downtown Denver, which is a Platinum rated, LEED-certified building and recently sold for an estimated $430 per square foot, a record price.  To read the entire Wall Street Journal article, please visit this link: Lessons learned.

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John Rebchook

John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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