Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory

GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
The mission of Georgia Tech’s new 42,000 gross square-foot Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions laboratory is twofold: first--to support Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute; and second--to continue Georgia Tech’s leadership in sustainability. It is a center for research in carbon-neutral energy conversion technologies located in the heart of Atlanta.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
The design adheres to the core principles of the facility’s sustainable mission, simply and directly. The south elevation shaded glazing system maximizes daylight and views with minimal solar heat gain. It also incorporates crystalline photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
The building is intended to act as a prototype living, learning laboratory and demonstrate its passive and active approach to energy efficiency.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
This view from across the tracks captures the differentiation between the open, translucent high-bay lab, and the solid, enclosed specialty combustion labs.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
The high-bay shop-like, flexible, project-based laboratory accommodates industrial scale-fabrication experiments.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
Photovoltaic panels are located on the roof, south wall, south canopy, and parking lot canopies.
GTech C-NES | Atlanta, GA, US
Georgia Tech hopes that visitors and students will go back to their communities and help reduce our societal carbon footprint by utilizing similar strategies to those incorporated in their Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Georgia Tech is committed to developing its campus "in a way that supports the larger aspirations of the Institute by encouraging the development of a sustainable campus community, creating distinctive architecture and open spaces." In keeping with this goal, Georgia Tech has a clear mission for its new Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory: carbon neutral "net-zero site energy use."

The facility sets a new standard for sustainable design for buildings of its type by optimizing passive energy technologies, reducing electricity loads, and maximizing the use of renewable energy. It houses a variety of energy research programs requiring large scale (high-bay) and intermediate scale (mid-bay) capabilities, and the design is intended to express its mission simply, directly and honestly; a "no frills" design. The laboratory has achieved LEED-NC Platinum certification.

The project and effort depicted is sponsored by the Department of Commerce under the grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The content above does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the U.S. government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.


  • 2013 High Honors - R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year Awards
  • 2013 Beyond Green™ Award of Merit for High Distinction in High-Performance Buildings – National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
  • 2013 Merit Award, Excellence in Architecture category - Society of College and University Planners (SCUP)/American Institute of Architects Committe on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) Excellence Awards
  • 2012 Merit Award Built Category - American Institute of Architects (AIA), Georgia Chapter
  • 2012 Merit Award, General Design Category - American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Georgia Chapter
  • 2012 Best Project, Green Building Category - ENR Southeast, Best Projects contest
  • 2009 Merit Award, Unbuilt Category - American Institute of Architects (AIA), New Jersey Chapter