World’s Largest Net-Zero Building Will Call South Carolina Home

Apparently, even a staunchly conservative state like South Carolina appreciates the money-saving efficiency of a green building.When the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business is completed in 2013, it’s expected to bear the title oflargest net-zero building in the world. School officials and the building’s designers hope that itwill set a new standard for innovation and energy efficiency in higher-education facilities.

In addition toa trading room with stock market ticker boards,a 500-seat lecture and performance hall, andclassrooms outfitted with advanced telepresence technology, the new Moore School of Business will feature agreen turf to reduce heat and improve energy efficiency–one of a myriad of green elements that will allow the building to qualify for both a LEED Platinum and Net-Zero rating. Net-Zero means thatthe building will generate as much energy as it consumes.

“This new building is an incredible opportunity for the Moore School,” said Dean Hildy Teegen. “Not only will we be designing a facility that will enhance learning, research, and collaboration with other organizations, we will also be raising the bar for innovation and energy efficiency in higher education facilities. Our goal is for others to join us and become sustainable enterprises, as well.

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

It sounds like South Carolina knows how to get ahead of the ball in the game. Now, maybe other schools will follow their lead!!

Kristina C.
Kristina C.3 years ago

Kudos for South Carolina - a nice surprise!

Maybe other universities should use their own resources and let their future architects and designers and engineers come up with green plans for their facilities. It certainly would be a good start.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


Lydia Price

This is remarkable. These students are applying their ideals to practical situations in real life. We need to make this mandatory for all government facilities and then bring the price down so that home owners can share in this too.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

Good news!

Tim Cheung
Tim C.3 years ago


federico bortoletto

bella notizia

patricia m lasek
patricia lasek3 years ago

Great news!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Inspiring. Thanks for posting.

Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson3 years ago

Even in Austin, TX, new LEED-Certified building confronts non-sencicle bureaucratic challenges.