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Solar Decathlon: the solar-powered house that will compete in the USA opens its doors on Saturday, 10 June

The NeighborHub, a solar-powered house that was entirely designed and built by students, will soon be ready for transport to the United States for the international Solar Decathlon 2017, which will be held in October.

Before it begins its long journey across the ocean, the NeighborHub will open its doors to you. The students involved in the project will take you and your family on a guided tour and the event will also include interactive activities relating to such topics as energy, mobility, materials, biodiversity, food, waste management and water management. As you may recall, a team comprised of students from four higher education institutions (EPFL, HEIA-FR, HEAD, UNIFR) was formed under the Swiss Living Challenge banner to represent Switzerland in this prestigious competition in the United States.

EPFL decided to join in this major school project in order to participate in the common efforts linked to current issues such as energy production and consumption and to contribute to Switzerland’s endeavors in this area.

Developing a multidisciplinary teaching approach which focuses on concrete results is also a key issue.

The NeighborHub will open its doors to the general public on Saturday 10 June, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on the site of the smart living lab (EPFL Fribourg) where it was built.