Building Solutions. Developing Leaders.

Our department features an integrated array of programs spanning the fields of sustainable design and technology. We have developed a reputation for innovative research and sustainable development in the areas of construction and building science, renewable energy, and other sustainable technologies. Our mission is to foster a strong and vibrant culture of inquiry, discovery, and innovation that integrates theory with application, problem seeking with problem-solving, local issues with global perspectives, and technological progress with environmental stewardship. More specifically, our department endeavors to:

  • Provide exemplary teaching that inspires and challenges students through experiential learning, synergistic curricula, and community engagement.
  • Conduct and disseminate scholarly work that focuses on sustainable solutions to important challenges in the design, creation, and management of technological systems.
  • Serve as a resource and a catalyst for local and global communities through projects, partnerships, and outreach.

We encourage you to become part of our innovative team! Please spend some time on our site learning more about our programs, our students, and our faculty.

News

Dr. Sohad Abu-elzait and her Student Research Group Attend the RE+ 2023 Conference in Las Vegas

A group of our students and a faculty member participated along with 40k+ participants in the RE+ 2023 Conference that was held in Las Vegas Septemer ...

On Everest, App State faculty fine-tune tools for sky-high scholarship

Dr. Baker Perry, National Geographic Explorer and professor in Appalachian State University‚Äôs Department of Geography and Planning, returned to...

Team Sunergy Places Second at 2023 Formula Sun Grand Prix

Team Sunergy raced from June 30 - July 2 in Topeka, KS at the Electrik Formula Sun Grand Prix. They competed in the MOV (multi-occupent vehicle) compe...

Retrofit Housing Team Wins Their Division at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Finals in Colorado

The Appalachian State student team competing in the retrofit housing division at the finals for the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge won their divisio...

Dr. Jack Martin Featured in Special Fabrics Review Magazine Issue

Dr. John "Jack" Martin, one of our Sustainable Technology professors, was recently featured in an article in the new issue of Special Fabrics Review.T...

Solar Decathlon Teams Going to Finals in Golden, CO

An interdepartmental collaboration between Building Sciences (STBE), Interior Design (AD), and Communications has resulted in Appalachian State receiv...