Welcome to the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment!

       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.


Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Ryan Miller on North Carolina's Clean Energy Future

Event DetailsRyan Miller, Founder & Executive Director for the North Carolina Building Performance AssociationBuilding Energy Efficiency: The...

Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Masters in Technology graduates make Building Science Expert list

Green building company, SIGA, out of Ruswil, Switzerland, has its eye on Building Science leaders... and 2 Master's of Technology graduates of Appalac...

Dr. Jaewon Oh, Assistant Professor in Sustainable Technology, Appalachian State University

Dr. Jaewon Oh selected for Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Dr. Jaewon Oh, assistant professor in Sustainable Technology, has been selected to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak...

Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

STBE to Hire a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Building Science program

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Building Science program within the Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment (STBE), ...

Photovoltaics II Class Spring 2019 applied their knowledge by designing and installing an off-grid solar electric system for a real world client.

Photovoltaics II class designs and installs off-grid solar electric system

The Sustainable Technology program has a new relatively new Photovoltaics II class.  The focus is on battery-based, off-grid solar electric syste...

This concept rendering for the App Builds a Home project shows the outside of the home. When creating design elements for the home, Appalachian’s IDEXlab team considered cost, comfort, energy performance, constructability and environmental benefits.

App Builds a Home — App State’s IDEXlab designs zero energy ready home

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University students encountered both challenges and rewards when designing a zero energy ready house for App Builds ...