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The Alliance Center’s Living Lab program pilots innovative sustainability solutions using our building as a demonstration site. We operate our building at the highest levels of performance for our occupants and the environment. Because of the urgency of the climate crisis and the building sector’s impact on both the environment and human health, we are motivated to go above and beyond. 

OUR BUILDING: A SUITABLE TESTING SITE

For new commercial building solutions to spread at the pace and scale today’s challenges require, real-world demonstrations are needed to remove barriers and enable others to follow in the risk-adverse commercial building sector. The Alliance Center is well positioned to serve as the leading demonstration site in the building sector for many reasons:
  • Motivated owner/ operator who is able to quickly move projects forward
  • Variety of building uses – from typical office equipment, to a coffee shop to an EV charging station
  • Recognized building industry leader, particularly in facility operations 
  • Building size representative of over 90 percent of commercial buildings in the US (less than 50,000 square feet)
  • Easily accessible location in the heart of downtown Denver
  • Robust, existing energy metering infrastructure
  • Holistic approach to building performance balancing resource consumption and occupant comfort
  • Diverse commercial office tenant community consisting of over 50 organizations
  • Relationships with key industry influencers spanning the nonprofit, academic, government and business sectors

EXPLORATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

The Alliance Center is open to exploring any technology or approach with the potential of dramatically reducing the commercial building sector’s negative impact.  We engage in two types of projects:
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER RESEARCH INITIATIVES

where success is measured by the lessons learned and how effectively those lessons are shared

COMMERCIAL TESTING GROUND

where individual companies test specific technologies or approaches in need of validation to accelerate their path to the wider commercial building market.

Have a project you’d like to test in our Living Laboratory?

CURRENT PROJECTS AND PRIORITIES

The Alliance Center is currently focused on solutions that increase the spread of clean energy sources. 
DIRECT CURRENT MICROGRID

Our existing Direct Current Microgrid project is quantifying the potential savings created from direct current microgrids and direct current distribution. We are also actively exploring additional research and demonstration needs involving microgrids and/or distributed energy storage.

DEMONSTRATION LOCATION

We are exploring a partnership with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) to serve as a testing and demonstration site for companies in need of a product testing and demonstration location. We are specifically in conversations with a company looking for a field test for their solar harvesting window.

ADDITIONAL INTERESTS

The Alliance Center is interested in the intersection of utility carbon reduction targets, electric vehicles and building technologies. More specifically, we focus on ways buildings can be a conduit between EVs and the utility while also reducing building energy costs.

We are also very interested in quantifying the health and/or productivity benefits of various building interventions such as air quality, space design or occupant engagement strategies. 

CONSULTING

Our team has years of experience operating a collaborative shared space at the highest levels of performance.  We have advised partners in the following areas over the years: 
  • LEED O+M and Arc project evaluation
  • Janitorial assessments
  • Zero waste initiatives
  • Green event support
  • Shared space design and tenant engagement
  • Financial modeling
Email consulting@thealliancecenter.org if you are interested in discussing a potential consulting engagement.