We are FutureHAUS Dubai. We are representing Virginia Tech and the United States of America in the inaugural Solar Decathlon Middle East competition. In Dubai, the team will compete against 21 international universities. Created by the United States Department of Energy in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is an international biennial competition aimed at sustainability, innovation, and research.
The competition has ten contests: Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, Comfort Conditions, House Functioning, Sustainable Transportation, Sustainability, Communication, and Innovation. Designing for Dubai challenges the team to implement concepts of portability, notions of privacy, and sustainable living in an extreme environment.
We are an interdisciplinary team featuring students and faculty advisors from leading colleges, such as the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Engineering, College of Science, and the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
We aim to create a net-positive energy home that demonstrates the future of modular, affordable, and smart housing. We are researching concepts of ageing in place, flexible space, and Internet of Things.
In Fall 2017, the team will finalize the design and engineering of the house and begin construction of the kitchen and bathroom. In Spring of 2018, the team will finish construction of the house and in Summer of 2018 the team will test house functioning and electrical systems. In November of 2018, the team of faculty and students will travel to Dubai to assemble the house and compete in the competition.
To power the home during the ten day competition, an estimated 6,000 kilowatts of energy will need to be produced from solar panels. The competition requires houses to use solar energy as the only energy source and employ technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency. An array of 40 SunPower solar panels will be employed, costing an estimated $60,000.
Help fund the purchase of solar panels, and directly support the essential functions of the home kilowatt by kilowatt. Help Virginia Tech make the world’s best net-positive energy home.