The Swiss team made up of participants from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR), has won the Solar Decathlon 2017.
The Swiss team’s project, called the NeighborHub, was designed to bring neighbors together and help them create more energy-efficient solutions to consume less and better.
Their project description states, “We have to act together in order to reduce our consumption. The house will be a place of meetings and exchanges where activities will be held and where people will be able to share moments of their life.
"There will be tools and alternatives about seven driving themes on which everyone can act: energy, water and waste management, mobility, food, materials and biodiversity.
"Inhabitants living nearby can get advice and take part in interactive events and lectures on these seven themes. NeighborHub’s architectural design includes a large multifunctional space to facilitate these various shared activities.”
The project will now be brought back to Fribourg where it will be adapted to merge into the city. This pilot program has been designed to be tested in real context.