According to a new article in Contractor Magazine, the FutureHAUS Dubai team has officially built the world’s best solar home. The lone American team, formed by a partnership between Virginia Tech University and Accuride International, earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants.

The 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, is a competition launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. The global competition hopes to accelerate research on building sustainable, grid-connected, solar homes.

Team leaders credited the incredible partnership as key to their success,

“We have the most interdisciplinary team that we’ve ever had around any research project, and that’s what it takes. That’s the secret,” said Joe Wheeler, Architecture Professor and Lead Faculty of FutureHAUS Dubai. “That’s the formula to making something this amazing.”

The Solar Decathlon Middle East juries agreed. In addition to winning first place overall, the team earned top three in nearly all sub-contests: first place in architecture, first place in creative solutions, second place in energy efficiency, second place in interior design, third place in sustainability, and third place in engineering and construction.

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