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, August 10, 2011

Solar Homestead Construction Up-date!!!

The construction of the Solar Homestead has come a long way since our last construction update. After typical construction delays, our house is well on its way to being moved outside this weekend to finish testing our solar energy systems.

Trevor and Austin have been framing out the Trombe wall and installing the barn door rail. The phase change material passive collectors have come in today and installation will start tomorrow. Our scientists are thrilled!

Trevor, Nate, and Austin have been finishing the flashing details on the solar canopy ensuring that the canopy will have no leaks.

Everyone has pitched in to the installation of the kitchen cabinets, countertops, and placement of sink and appliances.

Stephen, Travis, and Mike have been working hard to make our hardwood flooring beautiful and perfectly installed.

With construction going on at the Solar Homestead almost 24 hours a day, the Communications team would like to give a BIG THANKS to the Construction team for working so hard to make sure the house was set up for us to shoot our market appeal video. The Architecture team did a great job with helping to stage the home, as well!

We are going to keep up the hard work and everyone on the team is VERY excited to show the Solar Homestead on the National Mall in just a little over one month.

Come visit us and all the other teams for the U. S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Public Exhibit days on the National Mall in Washington DC, September 23rd - Oct 1st.

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