National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) CoMET

Located at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology (CoMET) facility, enables NREL to lead composite research projects for the wind turbine industry. 360 Engineering led the Architect/Engineer design team to provide a new R-19 insulation system for this existing pre-engineered metal building.

The architect used WUFI modeling to determine the exact location of the vapor barrier and the feasibility of the system. The structural engineering team evaluated the existing structure to verify its capability of supporting the additional insulation and offered a design for minor support of a new architectural roof system.  360 Engineering determined the dew point, proposed systems to mitigate interior condensation, and designed a retrofit to add a DX coil to the existing 100% outdoor air unit, as well as provided new controls for the existing unit to tie into the campus BAS.  Additionally, 360 calculated the new space heating load and designed new gas unit heater installations to cover and reduce the load on the existing electric coil in the 100% outdoor air unit. The electrical engineers designed the removal and reinstallation of exterior lighting and power to new unit heaters and DX unit.

Based on the analysis and reporting, the design team determined that Roofing Option 1 (spray foam insulation) was the only feasible choice due to maximum allowable structural load parameters. 360 Engineering led the team through design and into construction administration, completing a final punch report once construction was finished.


Boulder, Colorado