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"Houston, we have a solution"

Original post made on Apr 23, 2012

It's safe to say that no other federal building has inspired the sort of language heard at a dedication on Friday for "Sustainability Base," NASA Ames Research Center's first new building in 25 years.

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Comments (9)

Posted by rem, a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

rem is a registered user.

Gee, he did say anything about the BUTCHING of a beautiful grass area that showed off the 70 plus year old building.

It was a beautiful area. Now we have yucky buildings blocking a beautiful area….

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Happy to hear we are getting better at constructing buildings, and that it is happening in our neck of the woods!

It has often struck me how badly modern office buildings are designed. For example, I have worked in a building that always required cooling, even on freezing winter days. Hopefully that will be a story I will be able to tell my incredulous grand-children in a couple of decades when we have improved our housing stock.

Posted by Jim Doughty, a resident of Gemello
on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

"Imagine if every building from this day on generated more energy than it consumed?" Zornetzer said. "What would that mean for our carbon footprint? It's possible, it can be done."

Uh oh -- don't let PG&E hear about this.....


Posted by Sid, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Only the government could afford to build such a building! Using money we don't have.

Posted by gary, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

How could anybody not be impressed with this? Are you kidding? This is the future and it is good for everybody.

Posted by Joe, a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

What are all those people housed in that new building working on? Aeronautics and Space research, I hope.

Posted by Uthor, a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

"Only the government could afford to build such a building! Using money we don't have."

Yup, and now we know how to do this and can optimize and employ economy of scale to duplicate it for cheaper across the country.

Posted by wifeofworker, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

my husband said people are going to burn up there, it's very hot inside and will get cold in the winter. He works there in management. It will not work for many people! Good try, lousy design job. Ugh

Posted by Peter Droege, a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

These type of buildings have been almost common practice in several European countries for years - check out refs on

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