The DOE Building Technologies Office awarded its first-ever Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) to 17 leading educational programs of study at 12 institutions around the world. These schools have excelled at preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.
DOE’s Zero Energy Design Designation program distinguishes post-secondary academic programs that teach best practices of zero energy design and require students to apply those concepts in zero energy design projects.
The educational programs that earned the ZEDD are:
- Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina) – August 2022
- Master of Science in Technology with a Sustainable Building Design and Construction Concentration
- Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences with a Sustainable Buildings Concentration
- Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) – August 2022
- Bachelor of Architecture
- Master of Architecture
- Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, Iowa) – August 2022
- Sustainable Construction and Design Program
- Howard University (Washington, D.C.) – August 2022
- Master of Architecture with an Equitable High-Performance Energy Design Concentration
- Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois) – August 2022
- Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering
- Master of High Performance Buildings
- Myongji University (Seoul, South Korea) – August 2022
- Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture
- Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Traditional Architecture
- Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Space Design
- The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) – August 2022
- Master of Science in Net Zero Design/Master of Architecture Joint Degree
- University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) – August 2022
- Net Zero Energy Design Track in the Architectural Engineering Program
- University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, Colorado) – August 2022
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
- University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri) – August 2022
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
- Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, Vermont) – August 2022
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology
- Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington) – August 2022
- Bachelor of Science in Energy, Science, and Technology – Net Zero Energy Design Track
To prepare for the 2023 application, please review the instructions and checklist.
Two App State degree programs in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment have earned the new Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Collegiate programs earn the ZEDD seal of recognition by teaching best practices of zero energy design and requiring students to apply those concepts in zero energy design projects — demonstrating that they are preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.
App State Programs
Seventeen programs at 12 institutions received the designation, including these App State programs:
- Master of Science in technology with a sustainable building design and construction concentration.
- Bachelor of Science in building sciences with a sustainable building systems concentration.
“We are all humbled by this honor but not surprised. These programs represent stellar examples of the relevant, future-facing, experiential learning that the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment is known for,” said Dr. Shannon Campbell, dean of App State’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, which houses the programs.
She continued, “The faculty are distinguished in thought and practiced leaders; the staff are unilaterally committed to student success; and the students are curious, dedicated and hard working. The department’s long-standing commitment to sustainable practices, excellence and innovation is worthy of national recognition.”
According to the DOE
According to the DOE, the ZEDD program supports the Biden–Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 by training building professionals to design and construct high-efficiency, low-carbon buildings powered by renewable energy technologies.
“Our fight against climate change runs straight through our nation’s buildings, and the forward-looking college and university programs we honored today are paving the way for students to lead our net-zero greenhouse gas emissions future,” said Carolyn Snyder, DOE deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency. “Graduates of these programs will join the front lines 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 being recognized by DOE demonstrate a commitment to preparing students for a zero carbon future by offering a building science education curriculum within their programs of study that showcases best practices in zero energy design and by requiring a zero energy design practicum.
DOE’s ZEDD designation, offered to qualifying programs of study for three years, requires graduating students to:
- Complete a building science education curriculum that uses DOE’s Solar Decathlon Building Science Education learning modules or otherwise meets ZEDD’s learning objectives.
- Participate in a zero energy design practicum, either by completing the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design and/or Build Challenge or by engaging in a real-world zero energy design project that would earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification or a more stringent energy and environmental performance standard.
“Our educational programs have long been rooted in sustainable practices that provide students with broad, project-based experiences that enable them to lead in the arena of high-performing, zero energy buildings,” said Dr. Andrew Windham, assistant department chair of and assistant professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. “Now, DOE’s Zero Energy Design Designation makes that clear to our prospective students, potential partners and practitioners in the wider buildings industry. It proclaims our commitment to advancing built environments that support sustainable futures.”