Media Preview: Virginia Tech’s world-winning solar home comes to Northern Virginia this summer

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What:  Virginia Tech’s award-winning FutureHAUS will be on public display in Alexandria this summer, near the location of the future Innovation Campus. The solar home was most recently on display in Times Square in New York City before arriving in Northern Virginia.

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. The FutureHAUS display in Northern Virginia is sponsored by Dominion Energy.

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

Visuals: 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. View video preview here.

Media Preview: A media preview of the FutureHAUS will take place on Wed., June 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please RSVP to Shannon Andrea in the Virginia Tech media relations office at [email protected] or 703-399-9494.

Who: Virginia Tech’s Joseph Wheeler, architecture professor and lead faculty of FutureHAUS, along with student team members, and Dominion Energy’s Emil Avram, vice president of innovation, will be available onsite for interviews.

Location: 2602 Main Line Blvd, Alexandria, Virginia, in the National Landing neighborhood near the future location of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus.

Public Tours: FutureHAUS will be open to the public from June 22 – August 16. Public tours will be offered on Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note: the house will be closed for private events throughout the summer and visitors should check the website for up-to-date information at: https://www.futurehaus.tech/.

Dominion Energy has served as a sponsor for FutureHAUS throughout its development and exhibition in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. The FutureHAUS exhibition in Northern Virginia is presented by Dominion Energy.

The exhibition site and logistics are made possible by Silverstone Senior Living and the City of Alexandria.

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Media Contacts:
Shannon Andrea, Virginia Tech, [email protected]; 703-399-9494
Samantha Moore, Dominion Energy, [email protected]; 804-771-6215