It's a movie set, right?
NASA to create "Lunar base" on Earth - Silicon Valley...
In this 40th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and humanity's first historic steps onto the surface of another world, we have chosen the name Sustainability Base as an homage to the original "Tranquility Base" and the brave astronauts and other men and women of NASA who accomplished what is generally regarded to be the defining event of the twentieth century.
The firm-fixed-price contract valued at $20,626,000 begins July 31, 2009 and lasts 390 days.
The building is designed to achieve a platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design new construction standards for environmentally sustainable construction developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington. In order to achieve sustainability, the building will have zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and reduce building maintenance costs.
Net-zero, closed loop baby! I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out, seems like it'll be ready Fall 2010.