Building Sciences

Receive a Comprehensive & Diverse Educational Experience in Building Sciences

Prepare for a variety of careers within the residential, commercial, industrial, performance, and design fields of the building industry. Coursework emphasizes energy efficiency, sustainable design, construction processes and innovative materials using applied learning techniques and the most current computer software, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), which is applied to building design, estimating, engineering and scheduling.

The diverse faculty includes registered professionals, such as engineers, architects, and general contractors with many years of design and construction experience, as well as researchers in materials science and building performance.

Building Science Program News

Dr. Marie Hoepfl, professor in Appalachian's Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, has been honored with the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.

Dr. Marie Hoepfl honored with Appalachian’s Graduate Faculty Award

Dr. Marie Hoepfl, professor and graduate program director for the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, has been awarded the...

D. Jason Miller, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, facilitates a design thinking workshop with the Holland Fellows encouraging them to think outside the box while developing business plans and solutions to eliminate plastic waste. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Collaborative design thinking workshop focuses on eliminating plastic waste

Education at Appalachian State University means preparing students to live as engaged global citizens working to create a sustainable future for all. ...

Solar Decathlon Finalist Preparation 2019 IDEX Team

IDEXlab Teams Named Finalists for 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

On February 27, two teams of IDEXlab students from Appalachian State University were selected as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2019 S...

Computer Requirements

laptopAll programs in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment are computer intensive. Currently, students are requested to have a laptop computer for each of the programs and some programs require the laptop. Learn more