Appalachian Energy Center Workshops

Program Staff: Janet Miller, Workshop Coordinator

The annual Appalachian Energy Center Workshop Series is back, offering continuing education and training opportunities. Appalachian State University staff and national experts have teamed up to bring you the most up-to-date technologies in the building science and renewable energy fields. Our workshops are designed to help you build your knowledge and stay competitive in the green job market.We hope you will join us for these exciting workshops in the beautiful North Carolina mountains!   

North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance

Program Staff: Jeff Tiller, Chuck Perry, Janet Miller

The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) was established in 2010 as a state-funded non-profit organization with the goal of supporting energy efficient and third party certified construction in NC. The NCEEA is dedicated to educating all the various stakeholders in the home building industry about the benefits of constructing energy efficient homes and buildings.Alliance members include home energy raters, home builders and renovators, commercial contractors, architects, engineers, utility providers, real estate brokers,...

Community-based Landfill Gas Projects

Program Staff: Stan Steury, Jason Hoyle, Joey Mosteller

The CommunityTIES Project is a partnership program operated by the Energy Center at Appalachian State University that assists communities throughout North Carolina with development of valuable local energy resources - specifically renewable energy in the form of landfill gas - in economically constructive ways. The program began in late 2006 and was modeled after the highly acclaimed and award-winning innovative community-based EnergyXchange Renewable Energy Center, located at the Yancey-Mitchell County landfill.Since its inception, the...

EcoComplex Biodiesel Facility

Program Staff: Jeremy Ferrell, Jeff Ramsdell

Appalachian State University with partner Catawba County operates a modular biodiesel research and testing facility located at the NC EcoComplex, an eco-industrial park centered on the Blackburn landfill in Newton, NC.  The goal of the EcoComplex is to facilitate synergistic public and private partnerships that minimize waste and optimize the recovery and utilization of energy and materials.  The goal of the EcoComplex Biodiesel Facility is to serve NC and regional biodiesel producers and encourage the development of integrated and...

Weatherization and Indoor Environmental Quality

Program Staff: Dr. Susan Doll, Heather Kersey

The Energy Center Staff and the Department of Technology and Environmental Design have launched a project to study energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in weatherized homes throughout North Carolina. ASU researchers have teamed up with WAMY to install real-time air sampling monitors in houses, before and after weatherization.  These monitors measure changes in pollutant and particulate levels in homes after under-going heating system improvements and envelope revamping. Testing will be on-going throughout the winter months.

Affordable Passive Solar Planbook

The Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina describes the basic fundamentals and components of passive solar design. A collection of passive solar floor plans suited for virtually any location are also included in this book. In addition to passive solar design elements, the plans contain a variety of energy efficient details. They are intended to be affordable homes, and many have less than 1,300 square feet of floor area.View the entire planbook here, or download detailed plans below.  To open .dwg files, you will need a...

Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site

Program Staff: Dennis Scanlin

The Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site is a unique program to give first-hand experience with wind power technology. This facility is open to the public to see and hear wind turbines in operation. Tours and workshops are hosted at the facility, which is maintained by ASU students, faculty, and staff.For more info, visit

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