National Renewable Energy Lab Strives for Safety, Security and Sustainability


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Campus of the Future blueprint calls for buildings that emphasize safety, security and sustainability. ASSA ABLOY is helping the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) meet challenges on these fronts by supplying door and hardware products in all buildings at its South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado.

Each building on campus is secured with a mix of products from ASSA ABLOY Group brands, including CURRIES 757 and 777 Series doors and frames, McKINNEY hinges, ROCKWOOD trim, RIXSON pivots and floor closers, and SARGENT 10 Line locks, 80 Series exit devices and 300 Series door closers.

NREL is committed to becoming a global model for sustainability by maximizing the value of all natural resources and building products used in its research campus facilities. NREL’s goal is to have all new construction result in sustainable green buildings meeting or exceeding the Gold Level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Two of the eight buildings on campus, the 71,000 sq. ft. Science and Technology Facility and the 222,000 sq. ft. Research Support Facility (RSF), have attained LEED Platinum certification.

The RSF also carries the distinction of being a net-zero energy building. The energy efficient design enables the facility and its 800 occupants to consume only the amount of power produced by onsite renewable energy sources. The CURRIES 777 Series Trio doors used on the project features injected polyurethane foam for superior insulation and energy efficiency. The polyurethane foam is CFC and HCFC free.

With a product line that features high performance openings that can reduce building thermal and air leakage and are made largely with recycled and rapidly renewable materials, door and hardware experts from ASSA ABLOY are helping the NREL meet its Campus of the Future goals of creating safe, secure and sustainable buildings.

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and
deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The majority of research is conducted at the eight-building, South Table Mountain campus.