Experience the House

The house is the result of a unique collaboration between academia, corporate partners, fabricators, material suppliers and practitioners. Built by undergraduate and graduate students, the project links research, teaching and outreach in an experience that challenges conventional practice and stimulates new considerations for residential living.


october 2008 | presenting the design
  • Solar team visits Kullman Building Industries, Lebanon, New Jersey - Kullman is the leading worldwide off site builder of permanent steel and concrete multi-story buildings
  • Ove Arup serves as consultant and executes engineering calculations
  • Digital drawings sent to the factory; material take-offs made, steel ordered and cut. Team observes fabrication of frame
  • Adjustments and corrections to steel assembly made on site
  • Team travels to New York - presents preliminary project to design offices - RDS 4, Ove Arup and Shop Architect
  • Team visits Fabrication exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art
  • Film crew accompanies team for initial filming of video that documents design and construction processes.
  • RFP for Solar Decathlon Europe is successful. Virginia Tech Solar House is one of 20 (two from the U.S.) scheduled to compete in Madrid, Spain in June of 2010