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, September 15, 2011

Moving Together As One

three modules ready to meet
The Appalachian State University Mountaineers are going strong and representing well. The team is working like a well oiled machine and the house modules are together to make one home.

Here are the three house modules of the Solar Homestead that are coming together.

pushing our last module into place
Our team is one of the only teams not using a crane to set up, and the other teams are very interested in seeing how our house is coming together. By building our house directly on to steel trailers with jacks mounted on the bottom we can pull them together and level out on the jacks once pushed together on a special rolling system.

By using this roller system we can push the modules into place with the help of a few team members.

Our house is one so we can now start on the inside of our house to escape the on coming rain.

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