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Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
64 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 16, at 12:00 AM EST
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Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai


About Us

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.



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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.



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Instagram: @futurehausdubai

Facebook: @FutureHAUSdubai

Twitter: @FutureHAUSdubai


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Cell the HAUS

The FutureHAUS will be solar powered. Your $5 contribution will help us purchase one of the many hundred cells we’ll need to power the HAUS.


Party In the HAUS

Let’s jazz it up in Dubai! Help us make a playlist to entertain our Middle Eastern guests by requesting a song to be added to our playlist



Let’s warn our competitors of what they’re up against with some external lighting on the house



Have your name listed as one of our backers on our website


Power the HAUS

Power the HAUS to VicTory! Your contribution will power the house during its showcase to the judges and our competitors.


Host a Cookout

Bring American hospitality to the Middle East and help us host a good 'ole fashioned cookout powered by solar energy.


Private Tour

Take a look at the future before the rest of the world does. A luxury guided tour of the FutureHAUS for you and 5 of your best friends. Learn how it was built, meet the team behind the project.

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