Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS Dubai team wins first place in an international competition.
More than 100 students helped build the world’s best solar home.
It took years of research and development, but the lone American team beat 14 teams and more than 60 entries of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East.
The competition was launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, and is aimed to accelerate research on building sustainable, grid-connected, solar homes.
“We have the most interdisciplinary team that we’ve ever had around any research project, and that’s what it takes. That’s the secret,” said Joe Wheeler, architecture professor and lead faculty of FutureHAUS Dubai. “That’s the formula to making something this amazing.”
Not only did they win the competition overall, they also won first place in architecture, first place in creative solutions, second place in energy efficiency, second place in interior design, third place in sustainability, and third place in engineering and construction.
Students involved in the project spent more than a month in the outskirts of Dubai where the house was erected.