A new article from Builder Online announced that, after two weeks of competition, Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS Dubai team has won first place in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. The Solar Decathlon is a challenge which requires participants to erect and test sustainable, grid-connected, solar-powered home models. The FutureHAUS team was formed through a partnership between Virginia Tech University and Accuride International.
According to the article, “The home is able to recognize individual users based on voice, gestures, fingerprints, and facial recognition, and may adjust the home’s features to accommodate their needs. A series of 116RC Heavy-Duty Linear Track Systems, provided in partnership with Accuride International, enable the home to automatically adjust the heights and placements of the home’s kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and toilets based on the needs of the next recognized user.”
“We’re demonstrating how a house can automatically adapt to the needs of every individual who lives in it,” says Joe Wheeler, Architecture Professor and Lead Faculty of FutureHAUS Dubai.
“FutureHAUS makes it possible for a couple to stay in the same house for life, and for a home to accommodate every resident – for example, from a toddler to a tall teenage basketball player to an aging person in a wheelchair. The Heavy-Duty Linear Track from Accuride was exactly what we needed and has surpassed our expectations.”
For more information, read the whole story by Mary Salmonsen at Builder Online.