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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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A house that can be built in 6 hours

Janice
General News, Technology
    More information about the project here
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YOUNG DESIGNERS COMPETITION AT LANDSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL – YEAR 3

Janice
Design, General News, People, Technology
HBA is excited to be involved with this competition for the third year in a row. This year’s project involves designing a house for a family of six in coastal Virginia, and incorporates challenges related to sustainable materials, energy-saving design, and shared generational living spaces. We’ve been meeting with the students throughout the year to discuss their designs, and are hoping for a repeat of last year, where all three of the top prizes were won by Landstown students. Check back with us at the end of the school year for the results!
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Young Designers Competition at Landstown High School

Janice
Design, People, Technology
HBA is excited to be helping out with this year’s Young Designers Competition at Landstown High School. The competition involves designing an eco-friendly house for a family of 6 in coastal Virginia Beach. Chris Ames has already met with the class once to give advice on drawing and modeling, and will go back several times throughout the semester to teach rendering and presentation methods. We’re looking forward to seeing some great (and award-winning) designs over the next few months. Check back in with us in May for an update!
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