Become a Leader in Sustainable Design + Construction

For over 25 years, Appalachian State University has been a leader in construction education, outreach, and research with a continued commitment to sustainable design and energy efficient building techniques. In the 2011 Department of Energy Solar Decathon, Appalachian State's team, led by three Building Science faculty, won the People's Choice Award for their entry titled "The Solar Homestead."

Students in the Building Science program receive a very comprehensive and diverse educational experience, which prepares graduates for a variety of careers within the residential, commercial, industrial, performance, and design fields of the building industry. The program has three concentration areas, Construction Management, Architectural Technology & Design, and Sustainable Building Systems, which allow students to specialize in a specific area of interest. Coursework emphasizes the importance of energy efficiency, sustainable design, construction processes and innovative materials using applied learning techniques and the most current computer software, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), which is applied to building design, estimating, engineering and scheduling.

The diverse faculty includes registered professionals, such as engineers, architects, and general contractors with many years of design and construction experience, as well as researchers in materials science and building performance.

Mission and Vision


Global Integration of Sustainable Principles into the Built Environment.


To advance the disciplines of design and construction through education, research, and outreach by:

  • Educating and mentoring students to consider multiple points of view, to solve problems creatively, and to make meaningful contributions in the field of Building Science.
  • Conducting innovative research, design, and creative activities in Building Science and related areas.
  • Serving the local and global community through outreach, development, and leadership that improves the world in which we live.


If you are an industry professional seeking to connect with the Building Science program, please contact John Clark at

All other Building Science program inquiries are encouraged to be sent to the program coordinator, Jason Miller at

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D. Jason Miller, AIA

Program Coordinator

828-262-3038 tele


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