A 50,000 sq. ft., two-story office complex that many are calling the greenest federal building in the nation was unveiled last April and features an EnergySmart Roof® from Sika Sarnafil.

Designated Sustainability Base, this facility generates more energy than it consumes and was constructed for NASA at the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California.

The building has an open floor plan and takes advantage of natural light and fresh air. It incorporates some traditional eco-friendly features, like turning salvaged wood into wood flooring, and other more advanced technologies that range from fuel cells to solar panels. Some of NASA’s advanced aerospace technologies were repurposed and applied at Sustainability Base, as well, to optimize the building’s performance. The facility has attained LEED® Platinum status.

The EnergySmart energy saving roof membrane has a reflective, lacquer-coated surface that exceeds the cool roof requirements of ENERGY STAR®, California’s Building Energy Code (Title 24), Green Globes® and LEED. The system inhibits heat flow from solar radiation from entering the building interior, and this reduces air-conditioning energy consumption.

In addition to lowering energy requirements, the EnergySmart cool roofs can reduce maintenance costs and minimize the urban heat island effect. These systems contain recycled content that is UL-certified and have a documented history of superior performance and longevity. These systems feature weldable vinyl seams and are highly flexible, enabling them to readily accommodate solar configurations.

Design architect for Sustainability Base was William McDonough + Partners and the architect of record was AECOM. Roofing contractor was Alcal Arcade Contracting of Fremont, California, an Elite member of Sika Sarnafil’s Partners Club.

For more than 30 years, Sarnafil commercial roofing systems have been a valuable resource to U.S. federal government agencies seeking to fulfill directives relating to sustainable construction. Government policies and regulations increasingly go beyond performance alone and now call for sustainable roofing solutions that incorporate attributes like energy efficiency, durability, recycling, and solar integration.

The Sarnafil membrane has satisfied these requirements far better than other types of roofing systems and has been utilized by the U.S. military, the U.S. Postal Service, the General Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy.