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Moore School selected for DOE partnership

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to partner with its national laboratories in its Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

The Moore School applied for the prestigious program to help ensure it attains its ambitious goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption in its new building, now in the design phase and scheduled for occupancy in May 2013.

The purpose of the program is to improve significantly the energy efficiency of new and existing commercial buildings by reducing national energy demand. Its ultimate goal is to have net-zero energy commercial buildings of all types up and running in the U.S. by 2025.

Net-zero energy buildings generate as much energy as they consume through efficiency technologies and on-site power generation.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lend the Moore School its expertise in advanced energy technologies and building systems, improved design tools and operating practices, high-quality indoor environments and mechanisms for more effective policy, finance and other innovative market transformation activities to help ensure that the school’s new building is among the most energy-efficient buildings in the United States.

The DOE’s Commercial Building Initiative is operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), one of three national labs participating in the initiative this year. According to NREL representatives, they selected the Moore School’s new building project because of the school’s interest in and ability to build case studies on energy efficiency and building technology and to document the business case for net-zero energy commercial buildings.

“The Moore School will leverage the expertise of faculty and students who will conduct rigorous business case analysis beginning with the design phase of this building, through occupancy and well beyond,” said Hildy Teegen, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. “This building will truly manifest our initiative of Sustainable Enterprise and Development.”

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