The Solar Decathlon Middle East is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge students to design and build solar-powered houses. SDME consists of 10 contests that will follow the lines of those in previous editions of the competition, although having the necessary customization to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust & high humidity experienced in the Middle East. The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn about technical issues, teamwork, communication skills, and sustainable lifestyle and socio-economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project.
Sugatsune America helped sponsor the Virginia Tech’s 2018 FutureHAUS to #1 overall. With the Solar Decathlon Middle East project, the FutureHAUS Dubai team intended 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.
You can read more about the design here: https://www.futurehaus.tech/.
Virginia Tech has also taken their design on the road for NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design. You can see the FutureHAUS tour in Times Square here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3yBXvPM_Ug