NASA And Autodesk Collaborate On Sustainable Building Performance Monitoring

Autodesk Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) and NASA Ames Research Center are collaborating to research and develop new technology that can monitor and optimize the operational life-cycle of high performance buildings. Researchers from Autodesk Research and NASA will implement Autodesk Project Dasher technology at the NASA Ames Sustainability Base, a 50,000 square foot office building and showcase for technologies enhancing efficient resource utilization, including those developed by NASA for its space and aeronautics missions. Autodesk Project Dasher is an experimental Building Information Modeling (BIM) based platform that can provide building owners and operators with insight into full life-cycle real-time building performance.

With its specialized sustainability features, and because it was designed in-part using Autodesk software for BIM, the NASA Ames Sustainability Base was an ideal choice for this research project. On-site power generation from photovoltaics and a solid oxide fuel cell provide more electricity than the facility requires and contribute excess capacity to the NASA Ames local grid. Sustainability Base also uses landscape design solutions, remediated ground water, and water reclaimed using NASA technology designed to reduce its potable water footprint by 90 percent when compared to a traditional building of comparable size.

“NASA Ames operates Sustainability Base not only as an attractive workspace and a high-performing facility, but as a dynamic laboratory for advancing technologies for the built environment. An accurately detailed building information model, accessible and useful to facility operators, is a critical component to managing buildings effectively. Through our collaboration with Autodesk and implementation of Project Dasher, we hope to optimize the lifecycle operations of, and achieve unprecedented operational efficiencies with, Sustainability Base while helping to contribute to industry best practices for use of BIM in building performance management,” said Dr. Rose Grymes, Technical Lead for Sustainability, NASA Ames Research Center.

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