Dubai’s Solar Decathlon Middle East is a biennial, international competition that invites university students from around the globe to design, build and operate a grid-connected, solar-powered house.
Virginia Tech’s entry, FutureHAUS is a 900-square-foot home built of multifunctional cartridges that fit together like “Legos®” to make a complete unit. Each cartridge is built in a factory then assembled together on site. The students’ goal is to build the world’s smartest solar home that emphasizes sustainability and modern, ergonomic design while also providing a prototype for the future.
As the home operates on solar energy and feeds the power grid, selecting efficient mechanical systems with a small footprint was essential to the project.
“It’s a smaller home to heat and cool, with just as much functionality as a large home,” explained Joe Wheeler, co-director and professor, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. “We had to incorporate systems that seamlessly fit into the architecture. That’s why the Mitsubishi Electric system is so important to this house.”
The competition starts on November 14 and the 60-student Virginia Tech team will be travelling to Dubai. Join us in wishing the Virginia Tech Hokies good luck. They’re the only U.S.-based team in a pool of 21 universities worldwide!
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