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 of largest net-zero building in the world. School officials and the building’s designers hope that it will set a new standard for innovation and energy efficiency in higher-education facilities.
In addition to a trading room with stock market ticker boards, a 500-seat lecture and performance hall, and classrooms outfitted with advanced telepresence technology, the new Moore School of Business will feature a green 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 that the 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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