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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Decathlete of the Week!

Stephen Lafleur

Job: Construction Team Member

When did you join the Team: April 2011

How did you get involved: "I heard through Bret Sowers about the Solar Decathlon 2011 but I have always been interested in renewable energy and the design and construction of green buildings. He asked me to get involved and I was thrilled to do it."

What is with all the Mohawks on the construction team: "Oh, this is called team bonding."

What is your favorite part of the building process? "I love doing the whole job start to finish. No other project would have given the students this kind of opportunity."

What got you interested in sustainability and appropriate technology? "I have always had an interest in utility scale wind in high school, which led me to further study other renewable energies and also building techniques in college."

What do you like to do in your from time away from the Solar Homestead? "Free time? You mean nap time."

Congratulations to Stephen Lafleur for being this the Solar Homestead Decathlete of the Week! We're proud to have you helping us on the team -- keep up the hard work!!

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