Sustainable buildings, also known as high performance buildings, and green buildings, are structures that minimize the impact on the environment by using less energy and water, reducing solid waste and pollutants, and limiting the depletion of natural resources.
As Idaho National Laboratory (INL) becomes the nation’s premier nuclear energy research laboratory, the physical infrastructure will be established to help accomplish that mission. This infrastructure, particularly the buildings, will incorporate high performance design features in order to be environmentally responsible and reflect an image of progressiveness and innovation to the public and prospective employees.
INL's goal is that all new construction results in sustainable buildings that meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ® ) certification.
Guiding the process are the following:
INL's Ten Year Site Plan
As INL's three main campuses expand, INL strives to develop and maintain the INL infrastructure to create a preeminent nuclear laboratory. The Ten Year Site Plan (Note: Allow several minutes for download) outlines how INL will:
- Enable the mission through infrastructure
- Plan for the right infrastructure
- Update or replace outdated infrastructure
Center for Advanced Energy Studies
One of INL's newest leased buildings, the 55,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Energy Studies, achieved a LEED Gold certification — the second highest in the LEED Green Building Rating System.
CAES Building- 30 second construction video
Research and Education Laboratory
INL is ready to start construction on the newest building, the Research and Education Laboratory, to be located in Idaho Falls. When complete in 2012, the 131,000-square-foot office building will be LEED Gold certified.