Houston Advanced Research Center receives ‘zero energy’ certification

HARC in the News


By Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle

George Mitchell’s goals for a more sustainable planet took a major leap forward in 1982 with the creation of the Houston Advanced Research Center. Now that vision has taken another leap forward with the center’s office in The Woodlands becoming the first commercial building in Texas to receive the prestigious “Zero Energy” certification.

The designation recognizes buildings that generate more energy than it uses. Mustapha Beydoun, vice

president of HARC, said the certification from the International Living Future Institute was a result of the addition of 216 new solar panels to the Gosling Road facility that were funded with a $136,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club program.


HARC achieved the ILFI certification in late March and we’re certified as only the second ‘Zero Energy’ building in Texas and the first commercial office building certified in Texas.

Dr. Mustapha Beydoun, HARC