By James Howell
Edited by J Todd Coates
BOONE, NC – Two App State programs in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment have received new Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) from the US Department of Energy (DOE).
College programs earn the ZEDD seal of approval by teaching zero-energy design best practices and requiring students to apply these concepts in zero-energy design projects – demonstrating that they are preparing tomorrow’s leading architects and engineers to design and build the most sustainable buildings to build.
Seventeen programs at 12 institutions received the designation, including these App State programs:
“We are all honored by this honor, but not surprised. These programs represent excellent examples of the relevant, forward-looking, experiential learning that the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment is known for,” said Dr. Shannon Campbell, Dean of App State College of Fine and Applied Arts, which houses the programs.
She continued, “The faculty is distinguished by leaders of thought and practice; the staff is unilaterally committed to the success of their studies; and the students are curious, engaged and hardworking. The department’s longstanding commitment to sustainable practices, excellence and innovation deserves national recognition.”
According to the DOE, the ZEDD program supports the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a zero-carbon economy by 2050 by training construction professionals to design and construct highly efficient, low-carbon buildings that run on renewable energy technologies.
“Our fight against climate change runs right through the buildings of our nation, and the pioneering college and university programs we recognized today pave the way for students to lead our future with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions,” said Carolyn Snyder, Assistant Assistant to the DOE Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “Graduates from these programs will join at the forefront of our fight against the climate crisis by designing sustainable buildings that bring the benefits of our clean energy future to all.”
Schools interested in DOE recognition demonstrate their commitment to preparing students for a zero-carbon future by offering in their degree programs a civil engineering education curriculum that demonstrates zero-energy design best practices and by offering a zero-energy design internship to demand.
The DOE’s ZEDD designation, offered to qualified degree programs for three years, requires graduates to:
- Complete a building science curriculum that uses DOE’s Solar Decathlon Building Science Education learning modules or otherwise meets the learning objectives of ZEDD.
- Participate in a zero-energy design internship by either completing the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design and/or Build Challenge or by participating in a real-world zero-energy design project that earns the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification or more rigorous certification would receive energy and environmental performance standard.
“Our educational programs have long been rooted in sustainable practices that provide students with rich, project-based experiences that enable them to be leaders in the field of high-performing zero-energy buildings,” said Dr. Andrew Windham, Associate Head of Department and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Technologies and the Built Environment. “Now DOE’s Zero Energy Design Designation makes that clear to our prospective students, potential partners and practitioners throughout the construction industry. It reaffirms our commitment to promoting built environments that support a sustainable future.”
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About the Department of Sustainable Technology and Built Environment
Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment is one of seven departments in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and offers an integrated set of programs spanning the fields of sustainable design and sustainable technology. Its mission is to foster a strong and vibrant culture of research, discovery and innovation that combines theory with application, problem finding with problem solving, local problems with global perspectives, and technological advances with environmental protection. It offers bachelor’s degrees in sustainable technology and building sciences and a master’s degree in technology. Learn more at https://stbe.appstate.edu.
About the University of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments that bring together a variety of perspectives, experiences, and real-world training to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Arts, Communications, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theater and Dance. Learn more at https://faa.appstate.edu.
About sustainability at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s sustainability leadership is nationally recognized. The holistic, three-pronged approach of the university considers sustainability economically, ecologically and fairly in relation to the fellow inhabitants of the planet. The university is an active steward of the state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources and encourages students and others to think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means, from the smallest single action to the broadest applications. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs that focus on sustainability. In addition, 100 percent of Appalachian academic departments offer at least one sustainability course or course that includes sustainability, and all students complete programs that have established at least one sustainability learning outcome. Learn more at https://appstate.edu/sustainability.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate university in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to live purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and accept their responsibility for creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience fosters a spirit of inclusion that inspires people to come together to learn and create, grow holistically, act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian has an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees.