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.


Electric Grid Class Students Tour New River Light & Power Facilities

On Thursday,  November 11, 2022, the Electric Grid class taught by Dr. Sohad Abu-Elzait toured the New River Light and Power facilities in Boone....

Local Students Participate in Clean Energy Field Trip at App State

AEC, STBE, GES, and OOS Host Clean Energy Field Trip for Local Students

Community outreach and education is critical to us in Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment and for the Appalachian Energy Center.  On...

SBA Students' Cornhole Tournament

SBA Club Holds a Cornhole Build and Tournament Sponsored by Samet Corporation and ABC

Our student clubs continue to host workshops and speakers, and build (in this case, fun) projects   On October 25, 2022, the Student Builder...

Jack Martin's Solar Bike Adventure

Not only do our Sustainable Technology and Built Environment faculty teach well, but they also embark on grand adventures--sustainable, of course.&nbs...

Appalachian State University Architecture Students' Design Wins 2022 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Masonry Design Competition

On October 25, 2022, seven Appalachian State University student teams enrolled in the Architecture Studio III course competed in the 2022 NCMCA Sigmon...

Dr. Reza Foroughi Presents at the 17th International Conference of Advanced Building Skins

Dr. Reza Foroughi presented his latest research study on" Designing Interactive and Intelligent Photovoltaic (PV) Facades for School Classrooms" at th...