The ASU entry features a compact, 864-square-foot home; outbuildings like those found on old-time homesteads expand solar-collection possibilities and overall square footage. The highly respected biennial competition challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design and build innovative, solar-powered dwellings. Each team must create a cutting-edge home that’s cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive, and then install it in a special exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
A multidisciplinary collective of ASU students and faculty accepted the challenge. Recent ASU graduate (and Asheville High alumna) Janelle Wienke learned about the project when it was offered as a special course for credit; by that time, faculty advisers Jamie Russell, Chad Everhart and Jason Miller (all from the school’s Department of Technology and Environmental Design) had already begun enlisting student energy and talent for a competition entry.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002. The entries by this year’s finalists were displayed in a special “solar village” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. until Oct. 2; Xpress visited the “solar village” and readers can view our report here. To learn more about the Solar Decathlon, visit www.solardecathlon.gov.
Appalachian State University won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 People’s Choice Award for its Solar Homestead. This award gives the public the opportunity to vote for its favorite house. This year, 92,538 votes were cast. ASU’s entry is currently ranked 12th in the official scoring