The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the mountain region of North Carolina, we have designed a self-sustaining zero energy home.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meet the Decathlete of the Week!

joe armstrong.

Classification: Senior Undergraduate Appropriate Technology Major
Job Title: Project Management and Construction Team Member
Joined the Team: January 2011

How did you get involved?
"I got involved with the team because I heard about it and wanted to know what was going on. Also, I thought it’d be a fun project. It's my lifelong dream to build a house and finally after 4 years of college, I would be able to go out and build one. I’ve worked construction before, but I’ve never actually worked from start to finish on a house. "

The Best Part?
"I enjoy being able to come to the headquarters and build a house that could change the way houses are being built in the future."

Outside of the Team:
When he's not working at the Headquarters, Joe enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, playing guitar, and sleeping.

Beverage of Choice: 
"Mountain Dew" (as he holds one)

Random Question of the Day:
Would you rather eat pizza or ice cream off the sidewalk?
"Pizza. You can pick off what’s dirty. Plus, the best pizzas are made on stone."

Joe was nominated as the Decathlete of the Week because of his extra mile quality.  In his first semester he has taken a lot of initiative and shown strong leadership qualities amongst his team members. Armstrong embodies hard work, dedication, and determination.

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