Photo by Tim Griffith, courtesy of ZGF Architects
The RMI Innovation Center
The Innovation Center is RMI’s state-of-the-art beyond net-zero energy office and convening center in Basalt, CO.
Tour the Innovation Center
What makes the Innovation Center so innovative? Hear from our design team during a brief video tour.
Check out how the building performs through the Lucid dashboard.
The Innovation Center is the highest-performing building in the coldest climate zone in the U.S., producing more clean energy than it uses on an annual basis plus enough to power six electric vehicles. It is one of only 200 net-zero commercial buildings in the U.S. as of 2016, and provides a leading example of buildings that can solve the climate crisis.
About the Innovation Center
The Innovation Center, located in Basalt, Colorado, is a 15,610 square-foot office building and state-of-the-art convening center. To advance our mission and propel the industry, RMI designed the Innovation Center to demonstrate how net-zero carbon buildings should be designed, contracted, constructed, and occupied.
Photo by Pat Sudemeir
Why it Matters
The Innovation Center building is similar in size to 90% of U.S. commercial offices. Over half of all commercial buildings are owner occupied and office space is the largest use type. The Innovation Center is intended to serve as a groundbreaking model to push the boundaries of what’s possible with integrative, passive design and the business case for net-zero energy. It includes an advanced level of automation, metering, and controls that demonstrate where market gaps exist, and how the industry can move forward.
The Innovation Center’s level of design and performance was achieved thanks to a dedicated and multi-faceted team comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, and philanthropic partners.
Photo by Pat Sudemeir
Take a Tour
Interested in touring the Innovation Center? Public tours are regularly offered at the building—22830 Two Rivers Rd. in Basalt, Colorado—the first and third Thursdays of every month at 4 p.m. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, are conducted by Rocky Mountain Institute staff, and cover the building's design process, key features, and functions. RSVPs are not required. When you arrive for a tour, please enter our lobby at the main entrance.
All Innovation Center tours have been suspended until further notice.
Certified (NC v2009)
International Living Futures Institute Zero Energy Certification
PHIUS+ Source Net Zero
Architecture 2030 Challenge
Targeting score of 100
International Living Futures Institute
Fast Company Innovation by Design Award
Honorable Mention, 2016
AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Award
Engineering News Record Mountain States Award
Winner, Best Green Project and Safety Project of the Year, 2016
Architect Magazine Award
ZGF named Top Firm Overall in Sustainability, 2016
Winner, Best Overall Project and Best in Office/Institutional Category, 2016
Associated General Contractors of Colorado Award
Winner, Best Building Project ($10–40m), 2016
World Architectural News
Commended Project, Sustainable Building Award, 2017
Green Good Design Award - Green Architecture, 2017
Structural Insulated Panel Association
Building Excellence Award, 2016
International Interior Design Association, Oregon Chapter
Design Excellence Award – Best in the Maker Category, 2016
Sustainable Leadership Award, 2017
Center for the Built Environment
Livable Buildings Award, 2018
Re-Defining and Delivering Thermal Comfort in Buildings, 2016
RMI Innovation Center: Year 1 Insights, Results, and Lessons Learned, 2017
Published by Passive House Institute U.S., 2017
Published by International Living Futures Institute's, 2017
View live data on Innovation Center performance on our energy dashboard
Excessive AC a Hot Topic in the U.S., 2015
How to Buy a Net Zero Office, 2015
Innovation Center Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Agreement and Exhibits, 2015
Innovation Center Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Multi-Party Agreement Value Cost Model, 2015