Zero Energy Building Highlight: Houston Advanced Research Center - Smart Energy Decisions

Zero Energy Building Highlight: Houston Advanced Research Center

Type: Case Study
Categories: Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables
Date Published: 2/12/2024
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Primary Topic: Sourcing Renewables

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is a nonprofit consortium providing independent, scientific research and analysis on energy, air, water, and climate issues. HARC built its certified zero energy building (ZEB) to house its headquarters and serve as a Living Laboratory. The building deploys a mix of traditional and custom technologies tailored to the site and climate.

The building's keys to success include integrated ZEB planning, ongoing communications, integrated construction, operating cost analysis, iterative design process, commissioning, and continuous monitoring.

Download this case study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office to explore these keys to success and learn why “a zero energy building is not a product, it’s a process.”


Carlos Gamarra, Senior Research Scientist, Clean Energy Technology at HARC will present an Ask the Expert session at Net Zero Forum, set for February 26-28, 2024 at The Woodlands in Houston. Click here for more information on the program and here to register to attend Net Zero Forum Spring.

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