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Home of the future takes first place at the international competition.

Janice
General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
Congratulations to Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai Team on winning the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Read more about it here and here  
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FutureHAUS Dubai takes shape at Virginia Tech’s Research + Demonstration Facility

Janice
General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
On November 14-28, 2018, Virginia Tech will compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East as the only U.S.-based team in a competitive pool of 21 universities worldwide. With FutureHAUS Dubai, Virginia Tech builds on 16 years of faculty-student research in solar home design, modular construction, and smart home technology. The team has created a solar home that shows the power of research, the importance of collaboration, and that serves as a model of design, efficiency, and affordability for Dubai and for future homes worldwide. This year’s competition – launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority – tasks teams with building a grid-connected solar home that performs optimally in Dubai’s harsh desert climate and also supports the city’s bid to have the world’s smallest carbon footprint by 2050. In a series of 10 contests, the students must prove their home exceeds stringent criteria – ranging from the innovation and efficiency of its architectural design, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, to how well it generates the energy required to execute everyday tasks like cooling,
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John B. Dey Elementary School Modernization AIA Hard Hat tour

Janice
Education, General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
As the project progresses, HBA's Lauren Perry led a tour for local architects and engineers. HBA teamed with AIA Hampton Roads as part of their "Hard Hat Tours" which allows licensed architects to continue their education by observing unique construction challenges faced by other local architects, and young aspiring architects to gain valuable first hand experience on a construction site.     Learning objectives for the tour included: Discussing the process of phased construction with regards to site and infrastructure planning. Evaluating site design strategies with regards to reconciling limitations set by existing conditions through recognizing the opportunities for design enhancement. Discussing limitations and process of phased school construction during student/staff occupancy. Discussing specifics and challenges of renovating a school built in the 1950’s, with regards to the importance of good field work and navigating unforeseen conditions. Exciting to see how construction has progressed and we can't wait for it the project to be completed in 2020!
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Congratulations to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) for receiving the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Janice
Design, Sustainability/LEED®
VBCPS was honored as the state's only K-12 recipient of the Award. It was honored for its divisionwide sustainability achievements which date back to 2005. Since that time, VBCPS has built or replaced seven LEED certified schools. This includes award winning facilities Kellam High School and Virginia Beach Middle School. When John B. Dey Elementary School modernization is complete it will bring the division's LEED Buildings to 10.   Read more about it here.
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) helps Virginia rank amongst Americas Top 10 in Environmental design

Janice
Design, Sustainability/LEED®
HBA is proud to have been part of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Design team for new schools and modernizations over the past few decades.   source
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Happy Earth Day 2018

Janice
General News, Sustainability/LEED®
A little history... Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. It was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is recognized globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. April 22 corresponds to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. So to each of you - Happy Earth Day!
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