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by Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center, completed in December 2015, is a 15,610 sf office build-ing and state-of-the-art convening center located in Basalt, Colorado. RMI developed the Innovation Center to advance the organization’s mission, propel the industry, and to demonstrate how deep green buildings are designed, contracted, constructed, and occupied. The Innovation Center demonstrates the possibilities of implementing passive building methodologies in the con-struction of commercial buildings across North America. The building achieves net zero energy by producing more energy on site annually than it consumes, one of only 200 buildings in the United States to achieve this distinction as of 2015. In 2016 the project was awarded Best Overall Project and Best Commercial Project in the PHIUS Passive Projects Competition. The Innovation building is similar in size to 90 percent of U.S. commercial offices. Since over half of all commercial buildings are owner occupied and office space is the largest use type, the Innovation Center stands as an example of the possibilities of implementing passive design in office buildings from coast to coast. PHOTOS BY TIM GRIFFITH 10 SPRING 2017 SOLAR TODAY Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.