NASA Sustainability Base: Behind the Scenes AFE Tour

NASA Sustainability Base

NASA Sustainability Base relies on an exoskeleton supporting the building from outside. Renderings by William McDonough + Partners

This is a special video tour of the new NASA Sustainability Base at Moffett Field CA. Almost 50 Silicon Valley Association for Facilities Engineering members and guests got to explore the new “lunar-shaped” structures that incorporate a long list of state-of-the-art features including:

* A ground-source heating system that uses 106 geothermal wells
* Plumbing systems that target a 90% reduction in potable water consumption
* Natural lighting optimization
* An exoskeleton supporting the building from the outside
* Energy-efficient power system using roof top photovoltaics and 2nd generation Bloom Box fuel cells, and
* Radiant cooling ceiling tiles that also reduce ambient noise.

Following the tour, we enjoyed food, wine, beer, an extensive Q & A period, and an array of networking opportunities. Special thanks to Computer Air Power Systems (CAPS) for sponsoring the event along with the many NASA participants, contractors and AFE members who made this eye-opening event possible. Please see the credits at the end of the video for additional people and organizations that made this event possible.

About Michael Bukay, MS

Hello! I'm Mike Bukay, founder of Michael Bukay & Associates. Much of my career has been spent as a consultant/troubleshooter/instructor in the field of high purity industrial water treatment. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including IBM, Intel, Electric Power Research Institute, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and many others. These experiences provide me with a solid foundation for the operation and maintenance requirements, and training needs, for process-critical industrial equipment. After 18 years of consulting work, I decided to follow my passion to make movies. I took classes and started making movies. Now, we produce a wide variety of videos. I love the work!
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