The Rocky Mountain Institute's New HQ Has No Central Heat

If there’s an organization that should be headquartered in one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States, it’s the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the Colorado-based nonprofit founded in 1982 and led by the energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins. Often called a “think-and-do tank,” RMI works with corporate and government clients on resource-saving strategies. Long before LEED, RMI was preaching the virtues of passive solar energy and thick insulating walls. More recently, in 2009, the institute helped spearhead a $550 million “deep retrofit” of the Empire State Building, which included converting every one of the skyscraper’s 6,514 double-hung windows to superinsulated glass units.

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