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 a Home, a project to build a home from the ground up in partnership with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (WCHH).

Appalachian’s Integrative Design Experience Laboratory (IDEXlab) — a building science program in which students receive course credit while working on real projects for real clients — was commissioned for the design, which pulled double duty by serving as Appalachian’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2019 Solar Decathlon Challenge held in Golden, Colorado, in February. The IDEXlab team’s design was named as a finalist in the competition...

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.
Published: Jun 20, 2019 1:12pm