NASA's $20 million Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley, Calif., has won the federal government's "green" building of the year designation. The base, which will be completed in July and is costing about 6% more to build than buildings of similar size, sports solar panels on its roof and 5,000 light and carbon dioxide-measuring sensors to monitor coolness in the structure. "This is the 21st century," said NASA's Ames Research Center's Steven Zornetzer. "You shouldn't build something that could've been built in 1990."
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