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FEB 2019

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Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai Team Wins Solar Decathlon Award DUBAI, UAE — After years of research and development contributed by over 100 Virginia Tech students and faculty, the FutureHAUS Dubai team has officially built the world's best solar home. The lone American team earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, a competition launched by the U.S. Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates' Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. The win follows nearly two decades of research and two years of accelerated development, overcoming a fire that burned down a previous iteration of the house, and more than a month spent in a desert in the outskirts of Dubai, where two dozen students and faculty erected the entire house. The concept of FutureHAUS Dubai was brought to life through a university-wide effort, combining research from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies, College of Engineering, Pamplin College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Science, and various centers and labs within. "We have the most interdisciplinary team that we've ever had around any research project," said Joe Wheeler, architecture professor and lead faculty of FutureHAUS Dubai. "That's the formula to making something this amazing." In addition to winning first place overall, the FutureHAUS team earned top three in nearly all of the 10 contests: first place in Architecture, first place in House Func- tioning, first place in Sustainable Transportation, second place in Sustainability, second place in Innovation, third place in Engineering and Construction (tie), third place in Energy Efficiency and third place in Comfort Conditions. The Virginia Tech team also received special recognition through earning first place in Creative Solutions and second place in Interior Design. DIFFA Announces New Round of Grants NEW YORK — The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), the nationwide organization that raises awareness and funds to battle HIV-AIDS, has granted $285,000 to 26 organizations providing treatment, care and prevention education services to individuals living with the disease. The New York-based organization, founded some 30 years ago by a group of design professionals, announced its latest round of grants last month. Since its founding, DIFFA, with chapters in Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco, has provided more than $44 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations, the organization said. "We are thrilled to present these grants to a diverse group of community and national non-profits that are on the front lines every day in the fight against HIV/ AIDS," said DIFFA Executive Director Dawn Roberson. "We know that by investing in their efforts we can together achieve an AIDS-free generation, and ensure that those living with HIV have a high quality of life and care." 18 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET Circle No. XX on Product Card Circle No. 9 on Product Card

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