The House That Feeds the Grid


Dominion Energy intern turned employee, Matthew Boys, speaks about Dominion Energy’s involvement in the construction of FutureHAUS™.

Dominion Energy intern-turned-full-time employee helps to build net-positive-energy house for an international competition

What will the home of the future look like? The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS™ — a net-positive-energy home that generates more power than it uses — offers one tantalizing possibility.

FutureHAUS is a revolutionary prototype that offers a preview of how digital technologies, cutting-edge products, and smart building design could unite to make our homes more responsive to our future needs and ways of living. A team of over 65 students from Virginia Tech built FutureHAUS with help from a $150,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

Dominion Energy became involved with FutureHAUS™ when former intern — and now full-time employee — Matthew Boys, a member of the FutureHAUS team, applied for a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support the project.

“Through my internship at Dominion Energy, I’ve developed a love for all the new types of energy innovation in our system,” Boys said recently. “Dominion Energy has a track record for encouraging innovation and being the first in the industry to try new things and I wouldn’t be where I am today with this project without my internships.”

On August 30th, the completed house was unveiled in a showcase for the project’s sponsors and media. Following the preview, the house was deconstructed and shipped via boat to Dubai where it will be entered into a solar decathlon competition. A solar decathlon challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy.

In November, Boys will travel with the team to Dubai to take part in the competition. Of the 21 universities chosen worldwide for the competition, Virginia Tech’s is the only one from the United States.

“Dominion Energy’s grant really helped move this project forward,” says Boys. “And the knowledge we’re gaining from FutureHAUS will move the company forward in the years ahead.”