Utilizing best practices from manufacturing industries, i.e. automotive and aerospace, which createsome of the most sophisticated products; our goal is to design and build modular structures thatintegrate smart technologies, energy efficient systems, and new materials. This factory produced,energy-positive home adapts to changing patterns of life and work in the near future. The long-termresearch goal is to make buildings more efficient, more constructible, more affordable, livable,and more beautiful.
The Virginia Tech team is an interdisciplinary group featuring students and faculty advisors fromleading colleges, such as the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Engineering,and the Pamplin College of Business.
This team will strive to:
- Educate the public about energy, sustainability, and enabling technologies
- Seamlessly integrate technology with architecture
- Demonstrate to the building industry new ways of fabrication to modernize architecture
- Inform homeowners about personal energy use and influence responsible use patterns
- Demonstrate how smart homes save energy
- Demonstrate the importance of efficient space planning and adaptable environments
With the Solar Decathlon Middle East project, the FutureHAUS Dubai team intends to address two very important upcoming realities, a radical rise in world population and subsequent need to provide affordable housing, and the recent onset of the digital age and our need to better integrate newer, smarter, and more energy efficient systems. The design team will propose a small house with the program organized or consolidated into core walls that can be prefabricated. The result will be a pre-manufactured home that can be mass-produced with the complex components all installed in an ideal factory setting providing the necessary precision assembly.