The Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Innovation Center illustrates the potential of achieving net-positive-energy performance in a replicable manner, serving as a demonstration project for the design and construction industry. Its first year of operation has offered many lessons around technological incorporation, financial replicability and incentivizing an integrated design process.


With four decades of leadership and advocacy for hyper-efficient buildings and economies, RMI is the ultimate client and occupant for such an innovative project. First-hand staff video interviews will address design process, system integration, performance and occupant satisfaction. RMI researchers guide attendees through the building with interactive video technology, providing commentary to frame the experience. Observations will be contextualized by members of the architecture and engineering team, translating lessons that can—and should—be applied to the next generation of high-performance buildings.


Learning Objectives

  • To understand the strategies and technologies required to achieve the highest levels of building energy performance for the occupants and learn how to minimize the cost impact.
  • To understand the potential and pitfalls of an integrated three-party contract and performance incentives, especially for smaller projects.
  • To understand how passive design strategies and expanded comfort range can save energy for the end-user, and how to reduce building performance risk.
  • To identify which biophilic design strategies are likely to be economically justified, and which ones fall short, and how these strategies improve the conditions for the occupants.

Prerequisite: Understanding of green building.