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Virginia Tech’s World-Winning Solar Home Comes to Alexandria
Posted Saturday, August 3

Virginia Tech’s award-winning FutureHAUS will be on public display in Alexandria this summer, near the location of the future VT Innovation Campus.

After years of research and development contributed by over 100 Virginia Tech students and faculty, the FutureHAUS team has officially built the world’s best solar home – one completely powered by solar energy, loaded with smart technology, responsive to voice commands, and built in a factory to fit budget and lifestyle needs.

FutureHAUS, the lone American team at the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants. The global competition, launched by the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and the United States Department of Energy, challenged teams to research, design, and build the next generation of smart and sustainable solar housing.

FutureHAUS sits on a 2,800 square foot plot with patio/garden. The 900 square foot house is solar powered and equipped with 67 futuristic devices – auto sliding doors, smart mirrors, and a sink that pours the exact water amount.

It is on display at 2602 Main Line Blvd., Alexandria, in the National Landing neighborhood near the future location of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus. It is open to the public through August 16. Public tours will be offered on Thursday and Saturday from 11:00a-5:00p; Friday and Sunday from 11:00a-8:00p.

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