Located in The Woodlands Texas, The Houston Advanced Research Center, known as HARC, is a 501 (c) (3) Research Hub that provides independent analysis related to energy, air and water for people seeking scientific answers. In 2014, HARC decided to proceed with design of a new headquarters building that would support their sustainability mission and in May 2016 construction was started. In December of 2018, the installation of the solar power system was completed. The 88.2 kw system was sized to meet HARC’s Net Zero Energy goal.
The resulting new 18,000 square foot facility exceeded HARC’s own expectations. In 2017, HARC was awarded LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Counsel. The energy efficient design featured a geothermal HVAC system, and extremely efficient building envelope and lighting systems. The buildings energy model suggested the facility would use 50% less energy than a standard building and with an actual EUI of 18 ktbu/sf-yr, actual operations have matched modeled. The result is a building that is operating at Zero Energy status.