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Case Study: NASA Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility, Cape Canaveral, FL

As the nation’s single largest landlord and energy consumer, the federal government is leading the charge to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy. Driven by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514, which mandate the use of environmentally preferable products in new construction and major renovation, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center rang in 2011 by opening its greenest facility to date - the Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Lutron helps NASA build its first-ever carbon-neutral facility
NASA’s goal was to design and construct a facility that used as little energy as possible. Properly designed lighting control systems were identified as key to achieving significant energy savings and reaching their efficiency goals. .

In addition, NASA identified the need to take advantage of the significant daylight available in the space, minimize maintenance and operating costs, and ensure that building occupants are comfortable and productive in their working environment.
NASA - Cape Canaveral, FL
Wireless control systems save energy and accommodate historical structures
Lutron EcoSystem digitally addressable dimming ballasts are installed throughout the facility to automatically dim electric lights in response to available daylight. EcoSystem ballasts are also flexible, allowing fixture zones to be easily reconfigured when workstations or tasks change.
NASA - Cape Canaveral, FL

Wireless controls (wall-mounted and Pico® wireless remote controls) provide critical personal dimming for occupants in the engineering and mechanics work areas. Since many of the walls are comprised of windows, wireless controls were essential to easy installation.

Daylight and occupancy sensors automatically adjust light levels in response to environmental cues. Daylight sensors enable electric light to be dimmed in response to the ample available daylight, and occupancy sensors ensure that lights are not on when the space is vacant.

Innovative, efficient, repeatable, unobtrusive
The NASA Design team focused on a building solution that can be easily measured and broadly applied to both current and future projects. Data shows that the lighting control delivers significant energy savings that ultimately help NASA achieve its first carbon-neutral facility. “A key to achieving net zero energy is reducing the energy consumed by the lights in the facility,” explains Frank Kline, a NASA Construction of Facilities project manager. Just as important to Kline is the fact that the lighting controls save energy without the occupants even realizing that it is happening. This transparency is critical, “The lighting system saves a lot of energy without requiring the occupants to put any thought or effort into helping do so.”

This facility is designed to be 52% more efficient than traditional commercial buildings, and qualifies for LEED Platinum status.
EcoSystem Increase a space’s flexibility and an employee’s comfort and productivity, while reducing maintenance costs and saving lighting energy by 40 – 70%.
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Products used in this project EcoSystemDaylight sensorsOccupancy sensors Personal control

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