The Solar Homestead

Deltec Homes Net Zero Collection Solar Homestead model

Deltec Homes has teamed up with Appalachian State University to bring an attractive, flexible, and livable new net-zero home design to the market. The Solar Homestead, an award-winning entry in the 201 1US Solar Decathlon, has a modern and flexible design inspired by the dwellings of early mountain settlers. 

A portion of all sales of the The Solar Homestead package goes to ASU's building science department to fund further innovation.  Read the story of the Solar Homestead here.


The Solar Homestead

Main House: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1032 square feet + 640 square feet of covered canopy space

Flex "OM:" 1 extra bedroom and bathroom, 135 square feet + 256 additional square feet of covered canopy space

Deltec Homes Net Zero Solar Homestead model


The Solar Homestead Main House package features:

  • 1032 square feet of living space in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom arrangement
  • passive solar design
  • double stud walls (North) or Deltec Energy Wall (South)
  • window seat and plenty of closet space
  • 640 square feet of outdoor living space on the grand porch, covered with the "solar canopy"
  • Optional floor system for homes being built on a basement or crawlspace

Outbuilding Modules:

 The Solar Homestead design features expandability:  add additional outbuilding modules ("OMs") for more living and storage space, arranged according to your needs:

1. The Flexible Outbuilding Module ("Flex OM") is a detached third bedroom or home office which includes:

  • 135 additional square feet of living space for a third bedroom or home office, in 1/2 or full bath arrangements. 
  • An additional 256 square feet of solar canopy, and an outdoor storage nook

2. Additional Storage Outbuilding Modules ("Storage OMs") add outdoor storage space to the grand porch.

Solar Homestead Options:

Because the Solar Homestead is a collaboration project with Appalachian State University, the exterior finish options of this home are limited to match the distinct architectural style of the Solar Homestead.  Options include:

  • Add a Flex OM or up to 3 storage OMs
  • Solar canopy offers ample roof space for a solar electric system of any size
  • basic siding package (fiber cement) or upgraded siding package (cedar) with corrugated metal accents on bump outs and storage OMs
  • deck flooring and railing
  • triple pane window packages from Marvin or anodized aluminum triple pane package from Koble (matches the windows in the house the students built)
  • solar hot water or fresh air ventilation systems