Tours

Colorado boasts a number of model ZNE and ultra-efficient building projects. As part of the program, we have arranged for several tours of these projects on Wednesday, October 12. Times of the tours vary (see below for details) and transportation is provided. Join us for a tour to see first-hand how these schools, offices, public buildings and even districts are achieving high energy performance goals.  Registration is required. Space is limited.

1-5 p.m.  |  Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Division Headquarters, Denver

Building off its Sustainable Smart Town in Fujisawa, Japan, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Division has brought smart solutions to the panasonic-rendering400-acre Transit Oriented Development project near Pena Station and Denver International Airport. This tour will feature the division’s newly opened division headquarters designed to produce more energy than it consumes as a result of solar power and energy efficient strategies such as LED lighting and VAV air conditioning. The building automation system is integrated with the air conditioning, lighting controls, electrical power panels, and battery control system, allowing it to automatically load shed and reduce its power consumption if the battery is low on charge and there is a lack of solar power during a utility loss, ensuring that critical loads can stay on-line even under a disastrous power loss scenario.

Getting there: We’ll meet at the lobby of the Grand Hyatt at 1 p.m. and make our way to Union Station. From there, we will travel by train to Pena Station for the tour and will return by 5 p.m.

Cost: $30, includes round trip train fare snack and reusable Klean Kanteen bottle. Register now


 12 noon-5 p.m. |  Revive Residential Properties and Powerhouse Energy Campus, Fort Collins

Fort ColCSU Powerhouselins is home to two tour sites including the Revive duplex and townhome development where Revive Properties’ developer will lead participants through this geothermal and green community representing the next generation of homes.  The homes, built to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home standards, are high performanceand generate energy by geothermal (constant ground temperature) and solar electric. Then tour participants will head to Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Energy Campus. The site of the original Fort Collins Municipal Power Plant, has now been transformed into a nearly 100,000 square-foot LEED Platinum energy research complex, home to numerous research and policy centers, laboratories and start-ups. On the bus ride, attendees will discuss what’s behind Fort Collins’ FortZED initiative and Climate Action Plan.

Getting there: Meet in the Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby at 12 noon to catch the bus to Fort Collins. We will return by 5 p.m.

Cost: $35 includes box lunch and reusable Klean Kanteen bottle  |   Register now


1:30-4 p.m.  |  SOLD OUT Byron Rogers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Denver
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The Byron Rogers Federal Office Building, owned by the General Services Administration, represents a high performance office space that is energy efficient, financially valuable, and a productive workspace. Balancing historic preservation of a building constructed in 1964 with use of innovative, cutting-edge technology was a unique challenge and success of this project. Energy costs, including electricity and gas, shrunk by 63.49% and the $160M project resulted in 68% energy use savings. A whole systems approach and an integrative design limit energy consumption through a heat reclamation and thermal storage system that captures heat from the southern face and chill from the northern side of the building. A thermal storage tank in the basement allows excess heat to be stored, and chilled beams transfer temperature throughout the building.

Getting there: Meet in Capitol Peak B (38th floor) at 1: 30 p.m. for a brief discussion on Byron Rodgers Federal Office Buildings development and walk to the Courthouse (approximately five blocks). We will return by 4 p.m.

Cost: No charge   |  Register now


 SOLD OUT   1:30-4:30 p.m.  |   National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Golden
NREL Research Support Facility

NREL’s Research Support Facility (RSF) is the nation’s largest ultra-energy efficient building and a prototype for the commercial building industry. The RSF is designed to use 50% less energy than conventional office space built to code at a comparable cost. Design features include passive energy strategies and renewable energy technologies. The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is central to the future of NREL and the nation. It will resolve issues associated with transforming the electrical grid and adding new renewable energy generation systems, reducing the risks of new technology adoption.

Getting there: Meet in the Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m. to catch the shuttles to Golden. We will return by 5 p.m.  RSF is a secure federal facility. Foreign nationals (Canadian citizens, permanent resident aliens and resident aliens) must complete a Foreign National Data Card. U.S. citizens must show government issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) to NREL Security upon arrival.

Cost: $25 includes bus ride snack and reusable Klean Kanteen bottle  |  Register now


3:15-5:30 p.m.  |  Broomfield Heights Middle School, Broomfield

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Credit: Wold Architects and Engineers

The Broomfield Heights Middle School, originally built in 1983, has undergone a deep energy retrofit in line with Boulder Valley School District’s vision for a Net Zero Energy School District. This 107,750 sq. ft. school serves 550 students, grades 6th through 8th. The retrofit of this school addressed needed deferred maintenance and required upgrades while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. The facility’s HVAC system was upgraded from a heating only constant volume system to an active chilled beam system, a portion of lighting was replaced with LED fixtures, and all systems were optimized through advanced programming changes. The results of this project aim to show that with the right process, team, and goals an existing school with a conventional scope of work and budget can attain deep energy savings.

Getting there: Meet in the Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby at 3:15 p.m. to catch the bus to Broomfield. We will return by 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 includes bus ride snack and reusable Klean Kanteen bottle  |  Register now