This modern home design, called Solar Homestead has fully designed by Appalachian State University for participating US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in 2011. The features of this home design are the high technologies that applied for its energy supply.
Inspired by traditional Appalachian settlements is called Solar Homestead. It’s a traditional settlement lifestyle that is combined with modern clean-energy technology. There are six outbuilding modules connect to form the Great Porch. House featurestwo bedrooms, a day-lit bathroom, energy-efficient appliances, and a versatile living and dining area, also includes an independent flex space that can be used as a home office, art studio, or guest quarters and 8.2-kW trellis of bifacial solar cells on outdoor living space. The Solar Homestead house has forty-two bifacial photovoltaic panels to provide solar energy, on-demand solar thermal domestic hot water system provide constant water temperature, and a trombe wall that can store heat and release it at night. This house was designed for residents of Asheville, North Carolina by Appalachian State Universityand participated in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.