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.


Appropriate Technology Celebrating Its 40th Anniversary This Month

The Appropriate Technology Program at AppState is celebrating its 40 th anniversary this year with a 3-day event (July 12-14) featuring alumni panels ...

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App State honors 27 students, faculty and staff at 2nd annual Awards of Distinction ceremony

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University recognized 27 students, faculty and staff at its second annual Awards of Distinction ceremony, honoring t...

STBE Represents App State in the Regional 3MT Competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS)

More than 300 representatives from more than sixty universities attended the 2024 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS), which was held on Ma...

App Solar receives 1st Place Award in US Department of Energy’s Solar District Cup – Collegiate Design Competition

Over the past two semesters, a team of graduate and undergraduate students competed in the Department of Energy’s 2023-2024 Solar District Cup Chall...

Zero Energy Residential Construction Certificate Program in Hickory Fall 2024

STBE News AnnouncementApril 15, 2024Zero Energy Residential Certificate launches Fall 2024 at AppState Hickory CampusThis Fall 2024 semester, the Depa...

App State CM Team Competes at ABC National Convention over Spring Break

A team of CM students from App State qualified to compete with 25 other construction schools at the ABC national convention in Kissimmee, Florida...