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.