Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center

Basalt, CO

Rocky Mountain Institute


ZGF Architects


JE Dunn


LEED Platinum (NC v2009)
Anticipating ILFI Net Zero Energy Certification
Anticipating Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition
PassiveHouse Certified
PHIUS+ Source Net Zero project
Exceeds Architecture 2030 Challenge goals
Anticipating Energy Star target score of 100

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

The Rocky Mountain Institute's new net-zero headquarters is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the country. The passive house structure features a highly insulated envelope with framing that includes structural insulating panels (SIPs) to provide the dual benefit of super insulation and airtightness. A unique two-way CLT floor with integrated electrical and plumbing systems permits higher ceilings on the first floor and maximizes the benefits of daylighting and natural ventilation. The roof holds an 83 kw solar-electric system and is designed to collect rainwater for on-site irrigation.

The two-story, 15,600 SF building accommodates 50 employees plus a conference center for 80. It has been designed for a future 4,400 SF addition. The Center is intended to serve as a practical model for the design, construction, and occupation of deep green buildings.


Awards & Recognition

PHIUS 'Best Overall Project of 2016' and best in 'Office/Institutional' category

Honorable Mention: Fast Company 2016 Design Innovation Award

Engineering News Record Mountain States 2016 Best Green Project, and Safety Project of the Year

AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Award

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