The newly renovated and award-winning facility, touted as one of the greenest offices in the region, serves as both as the headquarters of The Sustainability Institute's Energy Conservation Corps program as well as a public center for learning about cutting-edge, sustainable materials and technologies for energy efficiency. This residential facility showcase the designs and products from industry leading companies and local artisans in the Charleston area.
The newest LED lighting technology; customized recycled glass countertops and Paperstone workstations; reclaimed wood flooring, Marmoleum flooring and cork flooring; handcrafted sustainable cabinets; a solatube that directs natural light; spray foam insulation; natural and No-VOC paints and finishes; a real-time, energy dashboard monitoring system; ultra low-flow water devices and a dual-flushed toilet technology that uses captured rainwater from a rainharvesting system -- these are a few examples of the inspiring products that you can learn about on a tour. Tours available each Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm or by appointment.
The Sustainability Institute's offices in downtown Charleston are now open! 'The Sustainability Institute at 113 Calhoun Street' showcases natural hazard mitigation strategies as well as sustainable technologies, all in the context of a historic building.
The house at 113 Calhoun Street, estimated to have been built between 1875 and 1880, is a variant of the traditional Charleston “single house” style. The goal of the design team was to plan and execute a complete renovation and retrofit of the house according to the principles of sustainable building and resistance to natural hazards including wind, flood and earthquake. Some of the energy efficiency technologies found at the building include a geothermal hvac system and solar panels. The 113 Calhoun Street project was a partnership of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Clemson University Extension Service, the City of Charleston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, South Carolina state government, and Charleston County. The 1999 John R. Sheaffer Award for Excellence in Floodproofing was awarded to the 113 Calhoun Street Foundation for it's Multi-Hazard Residential Retrofit Project.
The building is open for tours by appointment and for monthly workshops, and the Institute is also using the building as a research laboratory for the purposes of analyzing energy use and retrofit strategies in historic buildings. A virtual tour of the building is coming soon! See our events calendar for the next workshop opportunity.