Appalachian State University was a finalist for the 2017 Race to Zero Student Design Competition and won Second Place in their category, Suburban Single-Family Housing.
A description of ASU's winning project can be found here.
What is the Race to Zero?
The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution. The competition is based upon a real-world scenario where a builder is developing a new high performance home product line or needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a high-performance house design. College teams are posed with a design problem and are asked to either create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements or redesign an existing floor plan. The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification or the forthcoming Advanced Energy Design Guide For K-12 School Buildings–Achieving a Zero Energy Building. For more information about the competition, visit the Department of Energy's site.