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ECE Net-Zero Energy Building (Completed)


The ECE Building acheived LEED platinum certification in November 2019, and it is striving for a net-zero energy certification. From a vast array of photovoltaic cells, to a chilled beam system to cool and heat the classroom tower, ECE wil accomplish a major campus addition with maximum space and minimal carbon footprint.

Excerpt from the ECE building website:

“This is no small achievement,” explains ECE Professor Phil Krein. “Currently the Department of Energy reports only eight net-zero energy buildings in the U.S., and the largest is only 14,000 square feet. To achieve this in a building nearly 20 times that size reflects the University’s sincere commitment to sustainable design while capturing the spirit of a department that’s always pushing the limits of technological innovation.”

In addition to its sustainable design, the building will incorporate many notable contributions of ECE faculty and staff, including the most recent LED and fluorescent lighting advances, energy conversion and systems that exploit new achievements in power electronics, and intelligent systems and interfaces that apply recent breakthroughs in computer technology. “In other words,” explains Krein, “visitors won’t just be entering the ECE building, they’ll be entering the ECE experience, enjoying the benefits of technology that had its genesis here.”

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Catherine Somers

    Project Leader:

    Phil Krein

    Team Members:

    • Beth Katsinas
    • Joyce Mast

    Prior Contacts:

    • Todd Sweet


  • Proposed December 15, 1999
    Proposed by ECE Department
    Investigated March 15, 2007
    Investigated by Joyce Mast
    Approved August 19, 2021
    Approved by Catherine Somers and Bruce Hajek
    Started January 13, 2012
    Started by Phil Krein
    Completed February 10, 2023
    Completed by International Living Future Institute (ILFI)


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