Energy Efficiency Features of the ECE Building

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Building on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is designed to be net-zero energy, or to produce as much energy as it consumes annually. It opened in the fall of 2014, and is targeting LEED Platinum certification.

The ECE Building is meant to be a living laboratory, allowing students and faculty members to research its sustainable features. It’s also meant to be a model for net-zero energy design in the Midwest, proving you don’t have to live in a tropical climate to produce more energy than you consume within a building.

Take the tour

Allow Professor Phil Krein and architect Coty Sandberg from SmithGroupJJR to show you around the ECE Building with our audio tour. Or, listen from home to learn more about our facility. You’ll get an inside look at the array of features that makes the ECE Building the largest target net-zero building of its kind.


Learn more about energy-efficient design

Hear Professor Phil Krein, chairman of the ECE New Building Committee, talk about how it’s possible to operate a net-zero building in an unforgiving climate.