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.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day Three Wrap Up

Craig Autry has installed all of the Solar Homestead plumbing 
Going Strong!

We wrapped up the third full day of construction on the Solar Homestead at the Solar Decathlon 2011, and the our team is working hard and on schedule.

Yesterday we got our house modules together and our house sealed up tight. Last night Craig worked on hooking up the plumbing and Joe worked on finishing the perforated corrugated metal detail on exterior of the bay window.
Joe Armstrong is working the details out
on the perforated corrugated exterior. Thanks Joe!
Last night we started to install our kitchen cabinets and unloaded our kitchen appliances from the overstuffed box truck.

Today our team has been working on many tasks all at once. This morning the U.S. Department of Energy installed their data logger to keep track of our energy production and consumption. This is critical to prove that we are truly a zero energy home.

One person per jack. All hands on deck to lower
the Solar Homestead!

All hands were on deck when we started on our next task. Slowly and steadily all ten pieces of the house and the great porch were leveled making sure that the threshold of the house is flush and level with its porch. This took considerable time but the job was done just as planned.

Moving into the interior, all appliances, besides our beautiful refrigerator, went into the kitchen today and we feel like our house is becoming a home again.

We are ramping up progress on our ADA accessible ramps! They are looking great and it seems to be all downhill from here. We expect to work through the night to get these finished up.

Dave Lee and Austin Crumpler work
simultaneously to bolt two ramp sections together

Although we have been working long, long hours we are far too excited to admit to our exhaustion just yet. Each and every one of us feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride for our work.

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