Blue skies for green federal buildings

Tuesday - 6/14/2011, 10:41am EDT

Jeremy Cohen, manager, Leed Market Development, Green Building Council

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A new NASA facility in California is designed with the latest Space Age technology and can produce more energy than it uses. The Sustainability Base at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is scheduled to be completed in July. UPI reports engineers from NASA used techniques developed for space travel to reduce water usage. Water drained from showers and sinks will be treated and recycled for toilets, consuming 90 percent less drinkable water. It also has solar panels and a fuel cell outside the building that generates electrical power from natural gas. Maybe one day your building will operate under its own power - and even provide energy to surrounding buildings. Jeremy Cohen, the manager of Leed Market Development of the Green Building Council, told Federal News Radio "one day" is coming sooner than you may think!