Guided tours of LumenHAUS and the Research and Demonstration Facility will be offered Saturday Sept. 6th from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tours will begin at the international award-winning LumenHAUS and transportation will be provided to the college’s Research and Demonstration Facility. The tour is free, but registration is requested.

 Please note: The Saturday tour has reached capacity, the Sunday tour is still available for registration.)

About LumenHAUS

LumenHAUS is an innovative house integrating architecture and technology to make a well-designed, energy independent, mobile structure. The house has gained international recognition, winning the international Solar Decathlon Competition in Madrid, Spain. In addition to traveling to Spain, the house has made appearances in Chicago’s Milennium Park, New York’s Times Square and the Mall in Washington, D.C. The house was awarded a 2012 AIA Honor Award for Architecture and was listed among the top 10 of Virginia’s Favorite Architecture in 2014.


Inspired by the Farnsworth House, the north and south walls are all glass, maximizing the owner’s exposure to bright, natural daylight. Additionally, there is a similar center core, which houses a shower and bathroom and helps link each of the internal spaces.

Where most energy-conscious houses are closed with strategic openings to resist heat transfer, Lumenhaus has open, flowing spaces linking occupants to each other within the house and to nature outside. The home is equipped with an easy to use iPad or iPhone interface that gives you control of all systems in the house including the eclipsis system, music, lighting, and draperies. It also provides access to weather station data, power production, and most importantly, power consumption.


About the Research and Demonstration Facility

The Research + Demonstration Facility provides approximately 11,000 square feet of space, including a design studio, robot arm, a seminar/lecture room, workshops, a testing facility for wall constructions, vibration testing laboratory, and testing laboratories for indoor air quality. Since its dedication in the Spring of 1994, the Research and Demonstration Facility, built through a series of construction research projects sponsored by the National Concrete Masonry Association and other industry groups, has become an integral part of the School of Architecture + Design’s academic and research programs, supporting prototype construction and testing at a range of scales from components through full-scale building assemblies. The surrounding University-owned land is suitable and available for the construction of building prototypes for testing in an exterior environment.