In another nod to traditional architecture, Appalachian State University designed a building inspired by traditional homesteads. Six separate components inspired by lean-to sheds create a "great porch" where these students are seated.
On the technical side, the building has one sun-facing wall filled with phase-change materials, or materials that will go from solid to liquid when heated. That Trombe wall stores the heat from the sun to lower the electrical load for heating.
September 23, 2011 7:45 AM PDT
Photo by: Department of Energy
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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